So hope you all have managed to get copies of the 2012-2013 Red Dot books on your shelves.
Do have a look at the GoodRead Groups for each category if you haven’t already. If your students want to interact with others, exchanging reviews and comments, they are they way.
By the way, a new TED talk just got posted — by Jarrett Krosoczka, the author of last year’s Younger Readers Red Dot Book choice — Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute. It’s an incredibly moving account of how he became an artist — and why art meant so much to him, given his start in life. Adults will appreciate it more (i.e., don’t start playing it for students unless you want them to hear about how his mother was a heroin addict and incarcerated), but upper primary students might get a lot out of it. I’m glad we contributed to his success in some small way.