Did you know all students have access to audiobooks through Tales2Go? Listening to audiobooks is a great way relax and it's also a great way to become a better reader. Yes, you read that right. Listening to audiobooks helps to build your word knowledge, which is a key component in reading proficiency. If you listened to an audiobook for 20 minutes a day, you would expose yourself to 1,800,000 words over the course of one year. That's a lot of words!
Students can start listening today by downloading the Tales2Go app in Self Service. Then use the slideshow learn how to set up your account. Want to read and listen at the same time? Search tales2go in our library catalog to see what books we also have in the library. There is also a special collection in Destiny Discover with recommendations of some of our favorite Tales2Go books.
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and a time to honor the historical and cultural contributions Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have made to the United States. In the library, we are encouraging students to read a book by an author of Asian American or Pacific Islander decent. See some of the titles below for ideas about what to read. You can also earn a Blenders gift certificate if you review a book by an Asian American or Pacific Islander author and submit it on Destiny Discover before May 30th. See Ms. Woods in the library if you have any questions or need more book recommendations.
Save the Date for Another Meet the Author Event
Please join the Santa Barbara Unified District teacher librarians in our fourth and final Meet the Author event. This time we will welcome Candice Iloh, on Thursday, April 29th at 4:00pm. Candice is the award winning author of Every Body Looking, which was both a Printz Honor book and a finalist for the National Book Award in 2020. Every Body Looking is young adult, coming of age novel-in-verse that discusses sensitive and weighty topics, including trauma, sexual abuse and sexuality, parent-child relationships, and the struggle of being a first generation teen. You can read a more in-depth summary here on TeachingBooks.net. If you have additional questions about the book or the event, please contact your teacher librarian.
Reserve la fecha para otro evento de Conozca al autor
Únase a los maestros bibliotecarios del Distrito Unificado de Santa Bárbara en nuestro cuarto y último evento Conozca al autor. Esta vez le daremos la bienvenida a Candice Iloh, el jueves 29 de abril a las 4:00. Candice es la autora galardonada de Every Body Looking, que fue a la vez un libro del Printz Honor y finalista para el National Book award en 2020. Every Body Looking es una historia de mayoría de edad escrita en versos para adultos jóvenes que trata temas delicados y de peso, incluyendo el trauma, abuso sexual y la sexualidad, relaciones entre padres e hijos, y la lucha de ser un adolescente de primera generación. Puede leer un resumen más detallado aquí TeachingBooks.net. Si tiene preguntas adicionales sobre el libro o el evento, por favor comuníquese con su profesor bibliotecario.
Click here to join the Meet the Author event with Rosanne Parry.
This month's reading challenge is to read a memoir or an autobiography. What's the difference between the two you ask? Well, a memoir is a narrative, written in first person, about an important time in the author's life. An autobiography, on the other hand, is also written by and about the author, but instead provides a historical account of author's entire life. In my opinion, memoirs read more like fiction books.
You could also read a biography for this challenge too. The point is to put yourself in someone else's shoes and learn about the experiences and contributions of others. We have lots of great memoirs, autobiographies, and biographies in our library. I've highlighted a few below. Click on the cover images to learn more about each book. Then click here to place a hold and check out a title.
Want an added challenge? March is Women's History Month so try checking out a book about one of the incredible women below.