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Last Wednesday, I was chauffeured to Rutgers University by my Olivia. She was looking forward to a day at the beach with her friends, and I was looking forward to a presentation by Seymour Simon. We were both thrilled for entirely different reasons.
Just a few weeks before, I had favorited (is that even a real Twitter term?!) this Tweet from Seymour, which spoke so much to the teacher I hope I am, every day, for my sixth graders:
I loved listening to Seymour’s stories about how he came to be a writer, and what motivates him to keep learning and sharing what’s new in the scientific world through his always engaging books. We explored Writing Wednesdays on his blog – such a great idea that I had to let everyone out there on my Twitter feed know about it right away:
And, best of all, we were introduced to Star Walks Kids Media – an amazing digital library that is free all the month of July (I wish I’d known of this earlier – it would have made it’s way into my sixth grade summer reading list!)…here’s the charming invitation:
and here’s what the main search page looks like:
The selection of titles is amazing…here for instance is Jane Yolen’s Bird Watch (illustrated by Ted Lewin) in all its glory:
which can be read and listened to!
I loved exploring the site, tagging non fiction books I would love to purchase for my classroom, learning more about authors and illustrators, and viewing the book trailers included. An amazing resource!
When Olivia picked me up, she was tanned and happy. And I was happy too, to have spent time listening to and being inspired by Seymour Simon.