Tag: school

Kids These Days: The Top Ten Children’s Online Reads

OverDrive Education app allows K-12 teachers to assign eBooks and audiobooks to students through the school library. Those books can be downloaded onto tablets, smartphones or desktops and read on or offline for a seamless continuation of lessons for remote learning.

Read more

Start Off Black History Month With a Book From the Rolling Thunder Book Bus!

Black History Month is here! Starting the month off on a good foot (or tire) is a book bus offering lots of books to a school in Oklahoma. The Rolling Thunder Book Bus is offering tons of new books donning the faces of several important figures in black history such as Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King Jr., Booker T. Washington, Harriet Tubman, W.E.B. DuBois, and many more.

 

image via nba

 

Many second graders in the school waited patiently as NBA player Dennis Schröder was on the book bus helping students pick two books each. You can check out quotes from the students and Schröder himself here.

 

 

One child asked if Schröder had any Michael Jordan Books, which prompted him to find the book for the student aboard the bus. Schröder stated, “Just to be with kids, it makes me happy.”  A second-grade teacher, Berna Johnson, emulated civil rights hero Rosa Parks as she conducted students on and off the bus.  Students were referring to her as Ms. Parks the entire day.

 

image via nba

 

Having Dennis Schröder on the bus distributing books could serve as an example to the students to love reading. Berna Johnson said, “It will sure help the teachers because we can always say ‘you know, Dennis Schröder was on the bus, he loves to read.’  That’s all it takes.” Having a sportsman promote reading reminds children that it doesn’t have to be one or the other.

 

 

If you’d like to read books from important black history figures, the links for them are at the top!


Bookstr is community supported. If you enjoy Bookstr’s articles, quizzes, graphics and videos, please join our Patreon to support our writers and creators or donate to our Paypal and help Bookstr to keep supporting the book loving community.
Become a Patron!

 

The Marginalia Controversy

What a topic. People will get MAD about this, but they’re all wrong. Only I’m right, so listen to me. Don’t tell me where you land. People I very nearly respect believe in writing in books. But let’s actually talk about this, book lover to book lover.

Marginalia used to mean really crazy drawings around hand illuminated passages from really crazy books. And all those snails. Look it up, what weird stuff.

Image via Twitter

 

Me either, medieval knight. These days, margin notes are mostly something students do to try and avoid losing their minds. And maybe pass some tests/write some essays. I know very few people who DON’T write in their books. Some of them underline on the subway. It’s horrifying to see. The lines are so inconsistent. Half of the quote is always crossed out. It’s a horror movie. I don’t have photos. I try not to even look. But here’s an example of some notes that are still better.

Image via Columbia University Libraries Blog

 

At least these are color coded, though that one crossed out quote makes my blood run cold. It’s a mess. different sizes of notes, undecipherable handwriting, a ton of stuff is covered, but does that mean margin notes are bad? Yes! They’re always bad! Listen. Past me didn’t know anything. And past you didn’t either! If I don’t like the book I’ll give it away, and that’s just rude. If I do like it, why would I want it written on forever? When I read that book, if it was for school, I definitely hadn’t slept. The writing probably IS messy. I probably DID write it on the subway. Also, most of my notes probably aren’t interesting, aren’t smart, and don’t make any sense.

Image result for book with margin notes
Image via Entropy

 

An actual photo of my hypothetical margin notes. I joke! Who would just use red? But my point is, I would want to throw this away the SECOND I finished the essay. And you should never throw away books. Recycle them! I’m joking. Please don’t do that either. But if I take notes on another page, or on a post-it? They’re GONE. I never, ever have to see what I thought about Hamlet when I was a freshman.

Image result for book with pencil margin notes
Image via Research Teacher

 

I’ve been talking about margin notes you can never get rid of, in pen, but pencil is SO much worse. It’s worse! It’s messier, it’ll smudge like crazy, they can’t be color coded, and are they really erasable? Consider it. Maybe you’ve got a good eraser, and you’re going to be careful, but you’ll have swathes of fuzzy, muted text, with the inscrutable indents where the writing used to be. It’s time consuming and ridiculous, and it makes me angry.

Image result for book margin notes post its
Image via Colleen’s Blog

 

Notes should always be on tabs. Always! There are so many benefits. How do you know where your margin notes are? How do you know? Just flip through every single page until you see something smart? If you write on a sticker, you can leave it poking out. Want to pull a quote? Just check all the tabs you left above good pull quotes. You’re organized. You’re in and out. Color code. Live your best life. Just don’t write in books.

Image result for tabbed books
Image via Books Are Friends, Not Food

 

 

Bookstr is community supported. If you enjoy Bookstr’s articles, quizzes, graphics and videos, please join our Patreon to support our writers and creators or donate to our Paypal and help Bookstr to keep supporting the book loving community.

Become a Patron!https://c6.patreon.com/becomePatronButton.bundle.js

 

 

Featured image via Let’s Do