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Tim Green Names 10 Super Librarians to Receive Free Copies of ‘Home Run’

Tim Green Names 10 Super Librarians to Receive Free Copies of 'Home Run'Tim Green has spent the last 10+ years touring the country meeting countless students, teachers, and librarians from all over. At every stop he shares his love of reading with his young fans and engages with students who tell him they didn’t enjoy reading before discovering his sports-themed novels. Needless to say the experience is both rewarding and humbling. While he only gets to spend a day with any given school, the true literacy heroes in these kids lives are their dedicated librarians who help organize Tim Green and other authors visits in the first place.

Over Facebook, Tim Green recently announced 10 ‘Super Librarians’ he wanted to recognize for their outstanding dedication to their schools and students. Along with his words of appreciation, he also gave 5 free copies of his latest novel, ‘Home Run,’ to each.

The full list is as follows:

  1. Joyce Lynch, Plainville CT
  2. Lindsey Anderson,Brentwood
  3. Mary Dixon, Gouverneur NY
  4. Amy Hall, Ogden UT
  5. Cathy O’Connell, Rocky Point
  6. Sharon Horton, Decorah IA
  7. Barbie Stanford, Magnolia TX
  8. Tabitha Otto, Lincolnshire Il
  9. Lucy Drenka, Southlake TX
  10. Donna Pope, Fayetteville NC

Furthermore, he asked his fans to name their own Super Librarians, and pledged to free books if their nominations received enough likes. This added Debbie Wright from Birch Run, MI; Cathy Brinkley Taylor of Flora, IL; and Donna Pope of Fayetteville, NC to the list.

Middle School of Plainville Librarian Joyce Lynch, the first to be honored on the list, said in response, “It’s nice to be recognized. I try very, very hard to do my best for the kids here.”

MSP principal, Matthew Guarino, was eager to share how proud he is of all Lynch does. “I’ve always known we’ve had a super librarian, so that was always my feeling,” adding, “Thank goodness we have other people recognize it out there because she deserves it.”

Green and Lynch have met during multiple visits to the middle school during his book tours. His most recent trip to Plainville was in October 2015, first visiting back in 2013.

Lynch works to provide the students with monthly book talks, including opportunities to hear from Nutmeg award winners like Tim Green, Linda Maloney, and Leslie Connor. Green, however, has been their first repeat visitor.

“He was so dynamic… the kids were just enthralled. He talks about really positive things,” Lynch said. “He talks about perseverance, working really hard, doing the right thing, and not just in sports.”

Lynch works with the students at the Middle School of Plainville throughout the academic year teaching research skills and running a Read Across America program.

“I’m extremely fortunate to be teaching in Plainville. This is probably the most amazing place I’ve ever taught,” Lynch reflected.

Guarino added, “I’ve been in education for over 34 years, and she is a very dedicated person to making reading an important part of all our children’s lives.”

 

PLAY 60 / READ 20

As parents, we know physical fitness is an important component for our kids’ overall well-being. We know that kids who exercise focus better, sleep better, eat better, and feel better. All this actually makes them better students, and that’s what most parents (me more than anyone) want for their kids. Yes, even after being a first-round NFL draft pick with an eight-year career in the big leagues, the message my kids hear over and over again is: school before sports. It’s simple: sports end, even if you make it to the pros, but the impact of education on your life never wanes.

The NFL isn’t the first organization to espouse the benefits of physical activity for our kids, but they’ve spread the word nicely with their PLAY 60 initiative. Public service announcements during primetime football games with kids and NFL stars having fun together just “playing” has imprinted the idea in millions of young brains. Two years ago, I approached a friend in the NFL’s head office and suggested the league expand its message to include another important daily regimen: READ 20.

Educators (and millions of parents) already know that reading 20 minutes a day is the established break-point for making our kids better students, and better human beings. Studies have shown that kids who READ 20 not only develop more empathy for others, they also perform better in every academic subject, not just reading and history, but also science and math. What? Yes, which is why I’ve come to call reading “Weightlifting for your Brain.”

The wonderful thing about both reading and playing is that they’re FUN. Unlike weightlifting to become a better athlete (a grueling endeavor), weightlifting for the brain should be as pleasant as playing for 60 minutes on the playground. That’s a big part of my message to kids, and I suggest it should be yours: reading should be fun. Here are my five tips to get your kids Reading 20:

1.     YOU get them started. Find a chapter book and read a couple chapters with your son or daughter. Time has never been a more valuable commodity. If they see you spending time to get them started on a book, it makes a big impact. Once they’re into the story, encourage them to find out what happens next by reading on their own.

2.     Reading before screen time. Unless you’re in a rare minority, your kids spend a significant amount of time on a screen—TV, tablet, computer, or phone. That’s fine. It’s the world we live in, but have them get their reading in BEFORE screen time.

3.     There are no bad books. If your kids want to read picture books, graphic novels, cheesy series books, or classics, let them. It’s the act of READING that gets their brain stronger.

4.     The more you read, the more you can read. Remember, reading is like ice skating, the more you do it, the better you get and the more things you can do. Don’t rush your kids to skate backward (or read advanced material) until they’re having fun just skating around with a walker (or reading Captain Underpants).

5.     This is my big one! If they don’t enjoy a book, put it down. I tell the thousands of kids I speak to each year that if they don’t love a book after the first five chapters to put it down (unless it’s a school assignment). I hope you’ll do the same.

As adults we know that there aren’t a lot of things that greatly benefit us that don’t involve struggle and sacrifice. PLAY60 and READ20 are two hugely beneficial, daily activities we can encourage our kids to do that should both be something they look forward to. Most important is getting books they enjoy into their hands. I hope some of them are mine!

Tim Green, a former NFL football player, is the New York Times bestselling author of the Football Genius series, the Baseball Great series, Best of the BestUnstoppableFirst Team, and Kid Owner among other great sport titles for middle-grade readers.

This article was originally published on Harper Collins. You can view the post hereFor more info about Tim Green, please visit his main website.

Lake Superior to Host Children’s Reading Festival

A free Children’s Book Festival will be held at Lake Superior State University near the Canadian border in Michigan in early November this year. The festival that will be filled with childrens arts and crafts, dancing, games, vocal performances and theatre opportunities for the youth, will highlight three authors; Debbie Dadey, Ruth McNally Barshaw, and J.C. Phillips. Other authors who will be in attendance are, Diana Oman, Larry Buege, Lise White, Gary Bergston, Thelma Godin, and Dawnlyn Homan.LSSU

Dadey, the author of the Mermaid Tales series, along with the Keyholder series will be arriving at the festival in the afternoon around 1pm. Debbie is also a co-author of the well known and award winning, Bailey School Kids Series. All together through domestic and international sales Debbie has sold over 47 million copies of her books. Ruth McNally Barshaw from the popular Ellie McDoodle series will be featured at 2:30pm. J.C. Phillips, a popular picture book author, with works such as Wink: the Ninja WHo Wanted to be Noticed, Wink: the Ninja who Wanted to Nap, The Simples Love a Picnic, and Monkey Ono will present in the morning at 11am.

Many other activities will be available to attendees such as writers workshops, drawing workshops, performances from classic childrens stories, folk singing, improvisational games, along with many more. To compliment all the great activities available, there will also be a writing contest for students in grades 3-5.

These type of festivals that embrace children reading more and making that activity fun is exactly what an author like Tim Green is in support of. His Read20 campaign has been targeted at getting the nation’s youth excited to read books, by leveraging fun activities with reading promotes a positive outlook towards books.

This festival has taken place in the Upper Peninsula since 2012, put on by LSSU in conjunction with the Bayliss Public Library.

 To read the original article click here. For more info about Tim Green, please visit his main website.

An Author’s Journey

timgreensyracuse_mataJulie Mata, author of children’s book Neenah has found her lifelong dream of being a children’s book author.  The Post Crescent highlights her life’s journey to becoming something she always enjoyed.  Mata states that she always enjoyed writing ever since she was a kid.  She even mentioned that she remembers being on a vacation with with her family and while everyone else was having fun she was writing a story for fun.

Mata went on to college and she always had the intentions of using writing full time but once she graduate her plans kept changing.  Mostly because of family reasons, Mata didn’t do any writing for herself for the longest time.  After a long time she realized that it was time for her to get started.

Her road, like most authors, was one hard traveled.  Her first novel that she wrote was one of fantasy and magic and at the same time the Harry Potter series was gaining fame.  At that time it was bad to sell something in the same genre and Mata states she had no luck whatsoever.

After she wrote her first book she applied the knowledge she learned to her second book and she quickly became a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.  the SCBWI has a wealth of resources for writers and she said she learned one of the most important parts of being a full time writer—landing an agent.  She found out how to write the correct query letter and sent it out.  Many agents had interest in Mata but none signed.  They had suggestions for her writing which Mata took to heart and made the revisions but she was still rejected.  After another major revision she finally did sign an agent and was on her way to producing more work.  After all of that Mata signed a two-book deal with Disney Hyperion.

For more info about Tim Green, please visit his main website.

Magic Tree House Series

Mary Pope Osborne, author of the Magic Tree House series started the books in 1992 with a contract to complete four publications.  She thought that when she signed the deal to write four books that that would be the end of it.  Little did she know the impact it would have on parents and kids and she soon became swamped with letters.

timgreensyracuse_magictreehouseShe has even memorized some of the letters she has received including some that had young children writing their own stories and telling Osborne about them.  She realized how great these simple books were to this demographic of children and according to NPR, they were “catching fire with young readers.”  Osborne had written 20 books before that had not been nearly as successful.  Nevertheless, the Magic Tree House series has sold millions of copies worldwide and there are more than 50 books in the series now.  Each tells the story of Jack and Annie, who are brother and sister and the adventures they take using their magical tree house.  The tree house serves as a time machine and brings kids to the pyramids, the great earthquake of San Francisco and back to the dinosaur times.

What has been so successful about the series is its ability to have simple language in a chapter book form, as it is many children’s first experience with chapter books.  It also brings kids on a ride of rich history from a unique perspective.  The series is paired with companion series, the Magic Tree House Fact Trackers which gives the nonfiction version of all the stories Osborne writes.  With the success of the series she has decided to start giving back and she now donates the books to schools in need.  Her most recent visit was to Palmer, Massachusetts and  Old Mill Pond School where after she read entries from her newest book she also announced she was giving each student in the school a brand new book of their own.

For more info about Tim Green, please visit his main website.

Famous Authors Giving Advice

timgreensyracuse_commencementIn a recent Huffington Post article written by Maddie Crum, she investigates some of the best commencement speeches ever delivered by authors.  While authors are often always living their life in metaphor and plot, they tend to deliver their commencement speeches in a “straight-shooter” approach, trying their best to give the last bit of advice to college students before they go out into the real world.  Crum gives us a list of some of the best speeches and also lets us know about a different side to the authors themselves.

1. David Foster Wallace, 2005, Kenyon College

Wallace’s speech defended the importance of liberal arts education.  Wallace’s view was an interesting one, at that time many people were changing their opinion on whether it was as important to read a book rather than simply having a conversation, watching a movie or watching a television show.  His speech was later made into a popular short book called This is Water.  He also explains a benefit to reading more as a way to enjoy your surroundings whether than have disdain for them, saying that he changed his outlook on a busy grocery store line or traffic to simply “contextualizing the experience.”

2. George Saunders, 2013, Syracuse University

Saunders began his speech talking about the usual circumstance of commencement addresses involving old men telling young kids how to live their lives.  Saunders quickly joked he would be doing the same.  The main theme with his speech afterward was for the recent graduates to “err in the direction of kindness” after he told them to do all of the things that make life worthwhile like travel, fall in love, and make and lose fortunes.

3. Susan Sontag, 2003, Vassar College

Sontag was very explicit about the young graduates not accepting the information given to them just because it is there but encouraged them to do their own research.  She also mentioned that while you should want to be happy, it shouldn’t be the only goal and happiness will find its way to those who are caring and motivated.

For more info about Tim Green, please visit his main website.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dies at 87

One of the most popular and widely accredited authors has passed away.  Gabriel Garcia Marquez was a Nobel laureate and was considered to be the most popular writer of the Spanish-language as he brought millions of readers joy and an explanation of Latin America’s inequality, superstitions and their passions as reported by The Huffington Post.

He had three novels that were sold more widely in the Spanish-language than any other besides the Bible.  Some of his works include: “Chronicle of a Death Foretold,” “Autumn of the Patriarch,” and “Love in the Time of Cholera.”  His most famous, “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” sold more than fifty million copies in over twenty-five different languages worldwide.

He was one of the most influential authors in the genre of magical realism and blended fiction with elements that were fantastical in nature.

Garcia Marquez was awarded the Nobel prize in 1982 he was an early practitioner for nonfiction that would later be known as New Journalism.  He wrote nonfiction like “Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor” that marked a man’s journey while he was lost at sea for ten days.  His love of nonfiction blended with his flamboyance and melancholy in his fiction works and turned him into a elder statesman of Latin American journalism.

Garcia Marquez was born on March 6, 1927 in Aracataca, Columbia.  Born the oldest of eleven children, he was raised by his grandparents in Barranquilla.  For ten years his grandparents raised him and they would tell him rich and historic tales and stories which got Garcia Marquez into a love of fiction and nonfiction alike.  Garcia Marquez got his start like many others, sending his first short story to a newspaper called El Espectador and from there on he continued to write for a living until his death.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez died in his home around noon from infections in his lungs and a urinary tract infection.

For more info about Tim Green, please visit his main website.

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