One of the many fun projects that I have the privilege of working on is the New York State Summer Reading program website. We’ve been working on some redesigning, which is always a work in progress, and also lots of updates for this summer (not done yet)
I was checking stats today to see what pages were getting hits and was pleased to see the Teen Booklists (boring name I know) was the top hit getter.
Since I’m in no way an expert on YA titles, I wanted an easy way to add titles that appear on the many booklists available from different sources. But also wanted something that had some graphic appeal. Since it’s a statewide site, I couldn’t pull a list of covers from a library catalog and link directly back to the titles.
Enter LibraryThing. I added titles from lots of different lists and used their widget building tool to create a widget that randomly displays 15 titles at a time. There’s also a YouTube playlist of book trailers (again, that needs updating)
It’s easy enough to build your own widget, but if you want to use ours, here’s the code you can use to embed it on your own website.
Terese Brennan put together a terrific “The Fault in Our Stars” readalikes resource making clever use of two free tools – SoundCloud and Thinglink.
Terese used SoundCloud to record short book teasers for readalike books that were in the school library collection. Then linked the audio files to book cover images in a Thinglink thing. (What are thinglink things really called??)
From there she embedded it on the Cambridge (NY) school library’s LibGuides page. And it was easy-peasy for me to copy the embed code to include it below. Nice work Terese!
Lots of fun printable games from the Sight Words website. Customizable Bingo boards, matching games, dominoes and more. Use the provided vocabularly lists for Pre-K through 3rd grade. Or use your own words to customize.
“Sightwords.com is a comprehensive sequence of teaching activities, techniques, and materials for one of the building blocks of early child literacy. This collection of resources is designed to help teachers, parents, and caregivers teach a child how to read. We combine the latest literacy research with decades of teaching experience to bring you the best methods of instruction to make teaching easier, more effective, and more fun.”