The 5th Grade Review Club Presents: SEW ZOEY with BONUS Interview!

5 01 2014

by Mikala


    Sew Zoey: Stitches and Stones

by Chloe Taylor is about a girl named Zoey who likes to sew. The book starts when it’s school spirit week at her school and she’s very excited. She has a blog, but soon cyber bullies start posting mean comments about her and her outfits. Someone also plays a prank on her during hat day. Then a magazine editor discovered her blog and wanted her to be their featured girl. So she had her friends come over for the shot. Sew Zoey is a very exciting and interesting book.

I think this book should be included in the library because it’s about how harmful cyberbulling can be and it’s also inspiring to read about someone with so many creative ideas. I think this book would appeal to people who are creative.

Mikala asked Chloe about her work, life, and fashion sense — read her answers below:

What is you favorite part of the writing process, why?

My favorite part of the writing process is revising. That’s where the magic really happens in writing. It’s like in fashion where you take a basic dress and tailor it perfectly and then find the perfect shoes and accessories so you end up with a totally fabulous look.

Did you or someone you know ever get cyber bullied?

I’ve received some scary emails and I know people who have been cyber bullied. That’s why I think it’s very important for everyone to think carefully about how they behave online. It’s too easy to forget that there’s a person with feelings that can be hurt when you’re typing something on the computer or on a phone, and also that there can be real life, lasting consequences for your actions if you post something mean.

How did you come up with the outfits Zoey makes?

Sometimes I find inspiration for Zoey’s outfits by looking at the shapes, colors, and patterns in everyday objects—including things like the swirly shape of frozen yogurt! Other times, I start with a theme that ties into how Zoey is feeling, like “tied up in knots,” and find a way to work knots into the clothing. Most of all, I try to think about what might be fun for her to wear. Then the illustrator, Nancy Zhang, takes the concepts and runs with them in the sketches. I get worried sometimes that I’m going to run out of new ideas, but so far, so good!

SEW ZOEY: STITCHES AND STONES is first in a super fun series–so you can enjoy this first volume and many more!


Kate DiCamillo named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

2 01 2014


“The theme of hope and belief amid impossible circumstances is a common thread in much of Kate DiCamillo’s writing. In her instant No. 1 New York Times best-seller “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” (2006), a haughty china rabbit undergoes a profound transformation after finding himself face down on the ocean floor — lost and waiting to be found. “The Tale of Despereaux” (2003), the Newbery Medal-winning novel that later inspired an animated adventure from Universal Pictures, stars a tiny mouse with exceptionally large ears who is driven by love to become an unlikely hero. And “The Magician’s Elephant” (2009), an acclaimed and exquisitely paced fable, dares to ask the question, What if?”

More details, additional resources,and video here:

Zetta Elliot to visit BNS/BCS Library

6 12 2013

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BNS/BCS Library is proud to host author Zetta Elliot on Monday, December 9th. Thanks to the generous support of the Brooklyn Public Library, Ms. Elliot will spend an hour with our middle school students reading from her newest book and sharing her writing experience.

wish after midnight

ship of souls

Zetta Elliot is the author of numerous works. In her bio, she describes herself as “… a black feminist writer of poetry, plays, essays, novels, and stories for children. I was born and raised in Canada, but have lived in the US for nearly 20 years. I currently live in my beloved Brooklyn. When I’m not writing, you might find me strolling through the botanic garden…”

Come join us in the BNS/BCS Library on Monday, December 9th at 10:40am for a delightful opportunity to hear this powerful voice in children’s and Young Adult fiction.

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BNS Parent George Packer Wins National Book Award

21 11 2013

BNS parent and bestselling author George Packer has won the National Book Award for Nonfiction. His book, The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, “portrays a

29BOOK-articleInlinesuperpower in danger of coming apart at the seams, its elites no longer elite, its institutions no longer working, its ordinary people left to improvise their own schemes for success and salvation.”The New York Times said, The Unwinding “hums—with sorrow, with outrage and with compassion . . . Packer’s gifts are Steinbeckian in the best sense of that term . . . [Packer has] written something close to a nonfiction masterpiece.” Congratulations, George! 

Jane Kelley, Brooklyn Author, Visits BCS 6th Grade

16 10 2013

images-1Jane Kelley, author of The Desperate Adventures of Zeno and Alya, Nature Girl, and The Girl Behind the Glass, paid a visit to Candace’s 6th grade class today. BCS was the first stop on her book tour to promote her latest book, The Desperate Adventures of Zeno and Alya, a wonderful story about an orphaned gray African parrot and a sick girl who together find a lasting friendship and rediscover hope. She will be returning to our building next week to meet with 4th and 5th graders so stay tuned for information on how to purchase an autographed copy of her new book for your child.

Jane will also be at the Community Bookstore in Park Slope on Wednesday, October 23 at 7pm.

The McMullans revisited

25 05 2013

Last year, about this time, Kate and Jim McMullan, visited the library.  She is the author and he is the illustrator of such great picture books as “I Stink”, “I’m Fast” and “I’m Dirty“.  Shown here is a bit of their fantastic presentation to first graders.

Thanks to Weston Woods Studio for their permission to share!

Kate & Jim McMullan visit Brooklyn New School on Vimeo.

Author Laura Hulbert Visits BNS

16 04 2013

Author Laura Hulbert Visits BNS

Laura Hulbert, author of Who Has This Tail? visited all of the pre-k and kindergarten classes this morning. A great time was had by all and everyone learned a lot about how different kinds of animals use their tails. Laura signed copies of her book which the library will distribute to each pre-k and kindergarten classroom.

Buy copies of Who Has This Tail? or Laura’s other book, Who Has These Feet? from the BNS iStore!



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