Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Red Dot: Short promo videos of book covers for each category

I just put up 4 YouTube videos -- just 40 seconds each -- showing the book covers in each category -- in a playlist. 

I also put the videos on the category homepages on the Red Dot Book Awards site, replacing the previous Picasa Slideshows (as I realized that I couldn't easily re-use those slideshows, e.g., to send out to my English teachers in the run-up to voting).  YouTube videos are much more easily shared and spread.  (My apologies if you don't like the background music I chose for each.  The mute button is always an option.)

Anyway, here is the playlist.


Monday, February 17, 2014

Red Dot Voting - poster

I just put up a new poster for advertising Red Dot book voting, March 5-12, on the Red Dot site.

Here it is:

You should be able to right-click on it and download.  And it should print out fine at A3 size.  If not, let me know.

Reminder: Ongoing professional learning....

Just a reminder, we have two links off the top of this blog related to professional development.
There is also a page for Supplier Information -- which is a Google Spreadsheet anyone can edit, with tabs for different categories, e.g., furniture, signage, magazines, etc.

Photo source: Phil Bradley / Flickr

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Red Dot / Readers Cup update

The Readers Cup competition will be held Thursday, May 22, 2014, at the Canadian International School, Lakeside campus.

The list of books won't be announced until Red Dot voting is finished on March 12th -- as only 5 out of the 8 books in a category are used for questions.  This is to encourage reading of ALL the Red Dot titles, not just the ones in the competition.

See the Readers Cup page on the website for more info.

If you are interested in being part of the working group developing questions for Readers Cup, contact Katie Day (kda@uwcsea.edu.sg).

Red Dot voting starts in less than a month!  From Wednesday March 5 through Wednesday March 12.

Hope your schools are enjoying the Red Dot books....

Did you see how two of our Older Reader titles won awards from the recent American Library Association (ALA)?
  • Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo won the Newbery, and Doll Bones by Holly Black won a Newbery Honor

AFCC Author Visits via Closetful of Books -- Denise Tan

Denise Tan, formerly of Bookaburra, has started her own business called Closetful of Books.

She's arranging authors visits to schools for the upcoming AFCC (Asian Festival of Children's Literature) in May.  See list of authors (PDF) here -- they're available May 26-30 and June 4-6.

Minutes of last meeting: Feb. 6, 2014

Click here to read the minutes of the general meeting on February 6, 2014, at Tanglin Trust School in the junior library.

Jacqui Makselon gave a detailed presentation on their three-year project to improve professional development opportunities for library support staff at Tanglin Trust.

The next meeting is at UWCSEA East (Tampines) in the secondary library.  4:00 for 4:30pm start.  This will be our Annual General Meeting (AGM).