Since this is a high school library it makes sense to assume that I purchase books for kids. However, that is not the case. Many of our books are purchased with both students and staff in mind. Below is a sampling of our newest books that will appeal to all ages. Come check one out today!
Digital Storytelling is already a popular classroom activity and many resources have popped up to help students create and share original work online. One of my favorite digital storytelling sites is Storybird, which gives students the ability to take their hard work and make a physical book that they can keep.
Storybird takes the stress out of searching for images by providing a database of artwork that students can search and select a batch of art by an artist to apply to their book. Batches vary in size but some may include over 70 drawings. More than enough to fit many different storytelling needs and make Google unnecessary. No longer will you have to see that annoying Shutterstock watermark on your students' work. Instead you will see high quality artwork in a distinctive, congruent style.
Graphic novels have experienced a sharp increase in readership over the past few years. What was once viewed as a small niche genre now has a commanding presence in publishing. With a larger audience comes an impressive selection of material being published in graphic novel form. From fan favorites such as Game of Thrones and The Graveyard Book to classic novels like the works of Shakespeare all offer graphic retellings. But one subject that seems to dominate the graphic novel genre is history. Students and armchair historians can see the battles and drama while learning about historical events and people. Below is a sampling of history graphic novels available in the media center.
In 1933 President Roosevelt sent William Dodd to Germany as the new American Ambassador. This was Dodd’s first diplomatic post and he entered Berlin intent on furthering American interests in Germany, the most important being full repayment of loans to American creditors. The Dodd family was quickly swept up in the excitement of the Nazi revolution and refused to believe the stories of violence against Jews and foreign nationals being reported in the American press. As the Ambassador tries to push for moderate attitudes at home, his daughter Martha’s scandalous social life begins to raise eyebrows at the State Department. Outrageous by nature, Martha’s romantic trysts include Nazi officials and Soviet agents. Among her friends are Jewish dissidents, exiled writers, and international diplomats. The situation begins to sour for the Dodds as the uglier side of Nazi Germany pushes through the peaceful veneer the party displays to the world. Jews are forced out of their jobs, Americans are beaten in the street for refusing the salute the SS, and armament is increasing at an alarming rate. The Dodds finally see the true nature of Hitler and his Nazi party.
To anyone who has wondered how the world failed to see what horror the Nazis were capable of inflicting, this book is an eye opener. Writing in a narrative fashion, Larson grippingly lays out all of the forces at play at this critical time and the difficulties of maintaining a peaceful Europe. Amidst all of the world affairs, we see through first hand accounts the terrible effect the Nazi regime and international ambivalence had on an American family and the people in their lives.
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin can be borrowed from the media center.
I know, it sounds like a health class resource but trust me! The information contained in this database covers a variety of topics that impact students’ lives. Examples of topics include emotional health, green living, nutrition, safety, and life skills. Each topic is broken down further so you can really narrow in on the content you want to cover. Let's take a look at skills for school, work, and life. The subtopics here are money management; online skills; planning your future; skills for success; and work, volunteerism, and activism. Each of these subtopics has a list of articles to choose from. Budgeting and money management, for example, has an article about getting a credit card which is divided into easy to read sections.
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