Wednesday, February 3, 2010

February 2010 Newsletter

ALA Book Awards Announced

The American Library Association announced the winners of several coveted awards in January.  The Caldecott Medal, awarded to the illustrator of the most distinguished American picture book, was Jerry Pinkney for his book, The Lion and the Mouse, a nearly wordless book based on the Aesop fable in which an adventuresome mouse proves that even small creatures are capable of great deeds when he rescues the King of the Jungle.  The Newbery Medal, awarded to the author of the most distinguished book for children published in the United States during 2009, was Rebecca Stead, for her book, When You Reach Me.  Most of the award winners are already part of the CMC collection, and the others have been ordered.  A complete list of the award books in the CMC can be found at the CMC website.

Website of the Month

Edheads is an educational website that helps students learn through educational games and activities designed to meet state and national standards. The site contains free, high quality educational activities for the classroom or for individual use.  Most of the activities are science-related, and include virtual hip and knee replacements, weather, and simple machines.

Education News

Several textbook publishers, including Houghton-Mifflin and Pearson/Prentice-Hall, have signed deals to adapt their print textbooks to digital formats that could be used on devices such as Apple's new iPad.  Read about it here.

New CMC Materials

Nearly 100 new items were added to the CMC collection in January.  New resources include Bill Nye the Science Guy DVDs, trade books, computer software, the movie the Boy in the Striped Pajamas, and much more.

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