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November Literacy Links & Events

Each month, I’ll update “what’s happening” for  literacy advocates.  You’ll discover upcoming  author events, book sales, reading council meetings and even how to swap your books for free!


Let’s start with those free books.  Check out PaperBackSwap.com for the easiest way to swap the books you don’t need or read any more (cookbooks, craft books, even Cliff notes, anything with an ISBN!)  You list the books and when someone requests one, you print the mailing label (and postage if you want) and mail it media rate.  You’ll receive a credit when it’s received and you can then go swapping.  You receive credit just for signing up and if you use my name as a referral, I even earn a credit.pbs_logo-V2

Another great place to get bargain books is the Friends of the Phoenix Public Library warehouse book sale.  Check their website, www.plfriends.org, for dates of sales.  Regular prices are $1 for paperbacks and $2 for hard-bound books and they’re organized just like in a library!  Easy to find and easy to buy.  Become a “friend” and you even get a discount.  You can also purchase books online at their Books for Good site that benefits local charitable nonprofit groups.

November is a busy month for book lovers.  

It’s National Picture Book Month. 

Check out www.picturebookmonth.com for ideas on how to celebrate and to read essays by famous children’s authors and illustrators on why picture books are important.

Mark your calendar for these special literacy events.

Newbery medalist Cynthia Kadohata will be signing at the new Changing Hands Book Store, 300 W. Camelback Rd., on Saturday, November 1 at 2pm.ckadohata pic

thing about luckYou may know her for Kira-Kira, Weedflower and The Thing About Luck, recipient of the 2013 National Book Award.  Her latest book released in September is Half a World Away.


Mark your calendar for the Teachers Open House and Annual Sale (40% discount to teachers!) at Gardner’s Book Service on Saturday, November 8 from 9am-2pm.  Free gifts, food, door prizes and more so get your list and head to Gardner’s to shop.  Don’t forget to sign up for their free professional development workshops.  I presented the Power of the Picture Book in October and upcoming workshops include the Grand Canyon Reader Award.  Librarians Kerrlita Westrick and Shirley Berow will book talk the nominees for the GCRA on Saturday, November 22, 10 – noon.  Please register for this free workshop by calling 602.863.6000.

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There is no meeting for the Greater Paradise Valley Reading Council in November but mark your calendar for Thursday, December 11, 4-6pm at the Paradise Valley Unified School District office, 15002 N. 32 Street, Phoenix.  Free to GPVRC members, $5 for guests.

Best of the Best – Footprints from the States   Join us for a walk around the states as we share books and good eats representing each of our home states. Bring a book and a food dish representing your home state. “Name That State,” state “literary mystery” activities and a state-themed white elephant sale will be featured to help fund community service projects. Come join us for some “state of the state” food and holiday fun!logo read


What is TFOB and WOW?  Tucson Festival of Books and Worlds of Words.  Both are located at the University of Arizona.  The Tucson Festival of Books is a weekend of author spotlights and presentations, kids’ activities, book vendors and displays, top notch entertainment, Science City and much more!

Children and Young Adult authors like Lois Lowry, Robert Sabuda, Cornelia Funke, Sy Montgomery and Jacqueline Woodson were just a few of the 2014 all-star authors.  And of course, there were plenty of adult authors, too.

For me, it was a place to learn, a place to share and a place to renew.  I attended presentations by nonfiction authors Sandra Markle and Kathleen Krull and also presented a seminar on Discovering the World of Science through Alphabet Books.

Native American author Tim Tingle performed in one of the tents in the children’s area.  Afterwards, we chatted about where he gets his ideas for his stories.  Author Nancy Bo Flood also enjoyed his musical performance and was excited to meet him since Tim is one of the authors in an upcoming anthology of contemporary Native Americans that Nancy is editing.  My biography of golfer Notah Begay will appear in the collection on athletes.

Mark your calendar for March 14-15, 2015 and join thousands of bibliophiles at the Tucson Festival of Books.  Follow all the activity on their website –  http://tucsonfestivalofbooks.org

In addition to all the festival activities, I had the opportunity to tour the newly remodeled Worlds of Words in the College of Education at the U of A.  The mission of WOW is to build bridges across global cultures through children’s and adolescent literature.  The center is beautiful with specialized reading rooms, classrooms and workshop space plus an estimated 25,000 volumes focusing on world cultures and indigenous peoples.

World of Words at U of A
World of Words at U of A

Worlds of Words is offering free loan of language and culture kids around specific global cultures to K-8 classrooms and libraries.  The kits contain picture books and novels, beginning language materials, and several cultural artifacts.  In addition, the kits come with a guide containing inquiry strategies and curriculum resources.  Contact Richard Clift, Coordinator of Collections and Outreach at WOW for information at cliftric@email.arizona.edu