As pretty much anyone who attends an ISTE conference will tell you, one of the most important features of the entire event is the connections that you make. With the explosion of social media many educators have been able to find like-minded colleagues around the globe through Twitter chats, Facebook Posts, or blogging. But when 20,000 of these people convene in a single city, these bonds can be strengthened as we get to meet each other in-person.
Two of the people I was fortunate to meet up with this week happen to be 2/3 of the storymamas team, Kim and Ashley. These two, along with their friend Courtney, are the women behind the storymamas blog, a site dedicated to sharing book recommendations for children. The three all have elementary school experience, and coincidentally they each have 2 children. (Did you have the second one three months ago, Kim, just to even things out?) As soon as I met Kim and Ashley, I knew that we all shared the same passion for reading and education, which definitely makes this an ISTE connection worth celebrating. If I could just get them in the same room with my Twitter/Blog pal, Joelle Trayers, I think we might become a new alternative source of energy 😉
What is great about storymamas (besides the cool people who created it) is that the blog is a great resource for busy teachers and mothers who are looking for new children’s literature. Now that my daughter is a teenager and stubbornly choosing to decide her own reading materials, I don’t find myself in the children’s book section very often. It’s nice to have another place to get ideas for books to use with my younger grade levels. I also like that they include author interviews on the blog with 3 questions about the story and 3 questions about the author.
So, want great new book ideas and insights into what makes writers tick? Check out storymamas. You can also find them on Twitter and Instagram at @storymamas, #storymamasbookaday & #authorsaturday