New “Catalina Neon” Chapter and Prompt!

We are reposting this blog from the “From the Catbird Seat” written by Anne Holmes. The deadline for the next chapter is December 15th. 

Cover by Juana Medina

Cover by Juana Medina

Greetings, neonis! We’re thrilled to announce that Chapter Two of “The Technicolor Adventures of Catalina Neon” is now online for your reading and listening pleasure and participation. In the month following Catalina’s debut, submissions from second and third grade librarians and students across the country flooded our inbox and senses, continuing Catalina’s adventures in winding, wild, whimsical ways. UFOs, hot dogs, aliens, gooey tunnels, and a mysterious underground library—just to name a few things—populate the pages of this new imaginative chapter.

To write Chapter Two, Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera chose five of his favorite contributions from all received submissions, imagined how elements from each contribution could combine to push Catalina and her dog, Tortilla, further along on their adventure, and then brought this chapter to life with help from illustrator Juana Medina.

About writing this chapter, Herrera says:

I felt very moved reading this set of submissions for Catalina Neon. Students are so creative, and they are so hilarious, and they have great ideas, and they are super inventive, and they are great writers, by the way, and have mega imaginations, and they catapulted me into another level of knowing what a book for children is and how to write it and create characters who are flexible, unique, and appeal to young people! With our great artist Juana Medina, it all comes together like magic on ice cream.

Because this chapter, and project at large, wouldn’t exist without the energy and imagination from second and third grade contributors, we sincerely thank the librarians, teachers, and students who propelled Chapter Two forward:

Illustration by Juana Medina

Illustration by Juana Medina

Now that Chapter Two (including the prompt to write the next chapter) is online, we again call out to grade school librarians and teachers across the country: Get your second and third grade students “neonized” and help our poet laureate decide what happens next to Catalina and Tortilla in “The Technicolor Adventures of Catalina Neon”!

Primary Sources for the Primary Grades: A Apple Pie

A Apple Pie, created and published in 1900, traces the destiny of an apple pie, using the alphabet and charming illustrations.

This delightful primary source, more than an alphabet recognition book, is superb to use with any grade. Look carefully at every illustration and you will see toys, clothing, and activities that will enhance a student’s understanding of a past time. Each page offers opportunities to create a variety of questions for further investigation.

Blessed with “Sunshine on a Cloudy Day”

When I learned that Smokey Robinson would be the next recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, I was thrilled.

The Gershwin Prize honors a living musical artist’s lifetime achievement in promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of cultural understanding; entertaining and informing audiences; and inspiring new generations.

Discover and Explore: Online Conference Recordings Now Available

You may have heard that the Library hosted an online conference on October 25-26 called, “Discover and Explore with Library of Congress Primary Sources.” Education experts and subject matter specialists presented 15 different sessions discussing resources and teaching strategies for using primary sources in the classroom.

The event was a huge success! We served more than 800 educators through the live event and we expect that number to grow now that the recordings are available. For a limited time, you can still earn a certificate for each presentation you view.