The Texas Library Association now has an official YouTube channel. Currently featured is the presentation of the 2010-2011 Texas Bluebonnet Award master list by authors Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett at the Texas Book Festival. They are hilarious! Part I is embedded below.
The winner of the 2009 Texas Bluebonnet Award is:
One Potato, Two Potato by Cynthia DeFelice, illustrated by Andrea U’Ren. From the 151,963 votes cast by Texas 3rd-6th graders, this book emerged as the favorite.
Author and illustrator will both be on hand to receive the award at the Bluebonnet luncheon in Houston on April 2.
If you are attending TLA, be sure and purchase a ticket for this event with your registration. During the luncheon you will meet the ten extraordinary children that proudly represent each TLA district. The children will introduce and present the 2009 TBA to the winning author and illustrator. This presentation is always one of the highlights of the conference.
Kids in Mesquite agreed with the state. Our voting was as follows:
1st – One Potato, Two Potato
2nd – How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O’Connor
3rd – The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
VoiceThread is a really cool web 2.0 tool that we did not get to explore in our Learning to Play the 2.0 Way program last year. It allows users to have a conversation around media – photos, images, video, screenshots, etc. Anyone can participate in the conversation by adding comments in text, audio, or video format.
Now Texas librarian, Tracy Mapus from San Antonio, has taken VoiceThread and introduced it to the Texas Bluebonnet Award nominees for 08-09. Take a look at her creation, and in the collaborative spirit of web 2.0, leave her a comment.