In my opinion, books are the best accessory.
Wonderful Resourceful Authors Part 2: How I love keeping up with authors! Especially when they share beyond their normal book creations and provide resources to the public… Here are three authors I focus on in this post: Bart King, Tom Angleberger, and SISBRO. I’m in debate about putting three people on one page as each of these creators is worthy of individual attention.
Bart King – I really enjoy connecting with Bart King- either by Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, etc. Bart is a former middle school teacher who inspired his students constantly. I actually sent my elementary students up to his classes in middle school when they graduated and I heard his name over and over when students came back to visit me. Bart began his writing career initially with an adult book- Architectural Guidebook to Portland– it is fascinating to look at in terms of architecture… but then he really took off with his two books: The Big Book of Boy Stuff and The Big Book of Girl Stuff. He is a terrific author visit presenter and my students loved his visit a number of years ago- his books are still flying off the shelves! He additionally has written numerous books and keeps his readers laughing through his blog posts which can be found here: http://www.bartking.net/
Also, Bart King has created numerous entertaining videos and has been interviewed many times. Here’s his YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/BartKing1?ob=0&feature=results_main
See what I mean? Bart King has something for everyone: My students are HUGE fans of it all… but especially The Big Book of Gross Stuff, Big Book of Spy Stuff, Cute!, and Pocket Guide to Magic, besides his Big Book of Girl and Boy Stuff books– but the other books are grabbed as well!:
What an entertaining author and blogger!
I enjoy Tom Angleberger’s books, especially Fake Mustache which was just recently released. I highly recommend reading the book personally and additionally enjoying the experience of reading aloud this book with the various voices. What a terrific book it is. My students and I are huge fans of his books The Strange Case of Origami Yoda and Darth Paper Strikes Back. (The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee won’t be out for several months!) Also, I was quite entertained by Horton Halfpott last year, very humorous read.
Here’s a trailer for Fake Mustache:
What I appreciate about Tom’s sharing beyond the book is his blog page:
Within this page he has put in fan pictures, how to fold origami yoda, and other ways his readers can connect with him.
I am a HUGE fan of the creative team: SISBRO- Robert Sams and Laura Sams (Sister+Brother=SISBRO)
They create award winning music, videos, book, and more… The create the perfect balance between education and fun with videos for a wide age range of children. They share their updates through a wonderful webpage: http://www.sisbrostudios.com/ Through Facebook with entertaining ideas: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sisbro-Studios/100763883586
I personally had them visit my library and their presentation was one of the most successful ones I’ve ever experienced as a school librarian- and I normally have two author visits per year. I enjoy sharing Riddle in a Bottle video, my students watch Stranger in the Woods, Lost in the Woods, First Snow in the Woods, and they check out the book A Pirate’s Quest http://www.apiratesquest.com/ often since they love the video. Books that Robert and Laura’s aunt and uncle, Carl Sams II and Jean Stoick wrote are popular as well since they wrote the books that inspired the movies: Stranger in the Woods, Lost in the Woods, First Snow in the Woods. My son is very fond of watching Bearly Alike as well- a movie he requests when he wants comfort and laughter. Their music is available on iTunes and additionally, they’re releasing their newest Riddle in a Bottle series video: The Shark’s Riddle sometime in the next few months and that will be something I purchase for numerous recipients. In my opinion it is the perfect family gift. The Smithsonian Channel recently hired SISBRO to create a Titanoboa video which had their mingling of humor, education, and visual appeal. Here’s the link to see the video and learn more:
Want to see an example of their brilliant video creations? Here you go: