The purpose of this blog, written by a school librarian (K-6), is to inform parents, teachers and students about the world of books and authors. The blog includes links to classroom blogs around the world, a language translator, monthly book reviews, and a scan QR code for mobile devices in order to link to student book trailers. Helpful features for students are guidelines on how to submit a comment on the blog and rules for writing a book review.
This page of the blog presents book trailers created by the blog’s author.
This page presents book trailers created by students.
This page provides detailed instructions for commenting on the site, which the author feels is an important part of student participation.
The purpose of this blog is to show and tell events taking place in the school library, to share book reviews, and to encourage reading. Some featured items are author visits, teacher book recommendations, and book celebrations that include teacher participation.
This post describes a Book Week Celebration.
The Teachers Read Too! section gives book recommendations by many different teachers.
The purpose is to assist school librarians with planning and managing special projects to be facilitated school-wide. It offers information about organizing the library to ease student use.
Each of these sites effectively achieved its purpose. I found them colorful, uncluttered, easy to read for the most part, except for the lack of a search box in Try Curiosity. I thought they were among the best of the many sites I visited. The sites provided a number of useful suggestions I could follow for incorporating blogging into my classes and motivating learners, such as teacher recommendations that included favorite childhood books. I’m not sure how I would share blogging with our faculty, until I’ve had more blogging experience of my own. I can see that blogging would be a very useful tool for professional development and student learning.