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Best Childrens Books of 2020

Every year a group of over 60 IB International School Librarians in Japan gather to decide which of the best new* books their students
will read as part of the annual Sakura Medal Book Award.
*Published with the last 2 years
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This list naturally lends itself to be a great selection of books for students and parents to read at home during the COVID-19 Outbreak
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Tips for Taking Photos of Products for your Teachers Pay Teachers Store

As the video / IT / web guy at my school I get asked this quite a bit - Any Tips for Taking Photos of my products that I’m selling in Teachers Pay Teachers?

Firstly, you’ll be happy to know you can easily improve the quality of your photos with a little effort rather than a large expense.

The camera on your phone is just fine :-) smart phone cameras are remarkably good.

Turn off the flash for more even lighting. Turn up the brightness of the screen (I have mine turned down during the day to conserve batter), and connect to a mains power supply so that the phone doesn’t go…
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Over 25 Ways To Ask Your Kids - So how was school today? Without asking them - So how was school today?

I think I will pass some of these on to the parents of my students. I'm sure some think we just sing Frozen songs in class all day.

The list is great but a few stands out for me are:

• What was the best thing that happened at school today?
• Tell me something that made you laugh today.
• How did you help somebody today?
• If you got to be the teacher tomorrow what would you do?
• Tell me a weird word that you heard today.
• Tell me one thing that you…
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How to recycle old library books

Book Art: Creative ideas to transform your books into decorations, stationery, display scenes, and more.

Book Art by Clare Youngs

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Speaking from experience I recommend you take care where you leave this book. You do not want to encourage younger students to go home and cut up books without asking their parents first. Also, be very clear in your library about which books may be recycled into crafts !
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Luke's Way of Looking by Nadia Wheatley and Matt Ottley

“What a brilliant video. I couldn't have hoped for a better response to mine and Nadia's book - Luke's Way of Looking. Thanks so much” Matt Ottley (YouTube comment!)

This high quality multimodal text / video introduces the ideas behind Nadia Wheatley and Matt Ottley's delightful Luke's Way of Looking. It is designed for Years 1 and 2 but equally suited for ages 5 to 10 and up. I suggest setting this video to watch as flipped classroom homework, or use in class as a way into the book.
Potential enquiry questions include:

• Does everyone look the same?
• Do we all see things the same way?
• What do people think of you?
• How do you…
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