Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Behind the Books: Edublog Awards

December 8 is the deadline for this year’s Edublog Awards nominations, so that’s what today’s post will be all about. My picks are below.
You probably won’t be surprised to see them leaning toward the kidlit community. A lot of children’s writers care deeply about education and often discuss topics that will interest a wide variety of educators.
Best Individual Blog: Classroom Book of the Week
Kate Narita is a former teacher and really understands how to write activities that are practical, meaningful, and fun. Each week, she posts a full range of Multiple Intelligence activities related to a recently published children’s book. The blog alos includes interesting interviews with children’s authors.

Best Individual Tweeter: @KateMessner
Kate Messner is a middle school English teacher and the author of three fantastic books (with more on the way). She really understands how to unite the worlds of children’s literature and teaching. At NCTE, she participated in a panel that focused how to pair fiction and nonfiction titles to enrich classroom experiences by reaching out to students who learn in a variety of ways. She is also leading the effort to get more authors in more classrooms for less money via Skype, and check out this article she just wrote for School Library Journal. It discusses how to make Twitter part of your PLN and provides ideas for convincing skeptical school administrators that Web 2.0 really can enhance student learning.

Best Group Blog: I.N.K. (Interesting Nonfiction for Kids)
Twenty-two award-winning children’s authors post about all aspects of their writing and research, including details that can help students learn to conduct research more effectively and secrets to writing compelling nonfiction texts. During the month of October, the blog discussed a variety of innovative ways to use nonfiction titles in the classroom.

Best New Blog: Classroom Book of the Week
See explanation above. Kate Narita started her blog in September, but its usefulness to teachers is already apparent. Go take a look.

Best Librarian/Library Blog: Fuse #8 Productions
This blog, which was recently picked up by School Library Journal, is a tremendous resource for teachers and librarians. Written by Betsy Bird, a children’s librarian at the New York Public Library, it employs a lively, conversational style and regularly includes book reviews and general information of interest to children’s librarians and other educators. Betsy makes excellent use of visuals and videos to keep the content fresh and fun.

Hope you'll take a look at my nominees and then head on over to the Edublog Awards website to vote. Or you can nominate some of yoru own favorites.


  1. Wow! I'm honored you would nominate me in that particular category. A tip of the hat and a big thank you to you.

  2. What Fuse said... Thanks, Melissa!