Friday, February 1, 2013

Resources for Readers: New Pinterest Boards

I'm always on the look out for great resources to teach about nature and culture. When I find them, I love to share them here. Once I share them in a post, however, they end up moving down your computer screen and ultimately into the dreaded "archives" where they may or may not be read again. That's the nature of this linear medium called a blog.

One of my goals is to find ways to bring people's attention to old posts that are still useful/relevant. I'm also working on ways to share resources in one easy place. I have a "Suggested Books" page, but I'm a visual person so I prefer to see the book covers. Enter Pinterest. It seems to be the perfect option for this.

Here's a summary of my current Pinterest Boards:

  • Favorite Picture Book Biographies is my newest board. So far I have 23 pins and a huge list of new books I'll be reviewing in the coming weeks. Watch for additions. Note: There are several subjects who are the focus of multiple books (e.g Jacques Cousteau, Georgia O'Keefe, Wangari Maathi). These offer great opportunities for paired book readings.
  • Favorite Recipes highlights posts on my blog that featured recipes.
  • Favorite Nature Photos showcases a variety of photos I love. You might use them as inspiration for writing projects with your children/students.
  • Popular Nature Related Posts lists the most popular nature posts in my archives.
  • Favorite Illustrators is a shout out to some of the children's book illustrators who inspire me.
  • Favorite Adult Books is one of my early boards. I plan to add to this one soon.
My goal is to create more boards that reflect the books currently listed on my Suggested Books page, along with new books I discover. I hope you'll check out my boards on Pinterest occasionally to see what's new.

Do you have books or other resources you think I should share? Is there a board you'd like me to create? Please leave your ideas in the comments or send me an email at michelle(at)michellecusolito(dot)com

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  1. Nice idea-I agree, it's very easy to 'miss' out on great posts. I agree with your slight frustration at the linear approach that blogging has created-like everything in life, it has both good and bad points!

    1. I've been toying with tweeting "From the Archives." Have you tried this idea? I don't want to inundate people, but I've received a few comments from readers lately about my "archives" having good content they want to read. It would be great to get more eyes on it.

  2. I love the idea of Pinterest boards, especially for books. A visual person too, I like to see the covers, that's usually how I remember a book anyway. I can't wait to check out your Favorite Picture Book Biographies and Favorite Adult Books Boards. Lately I've just been reading young adult literature, and I'm ready for something different.

    1. Hi Katrina,
      Sorry I missed responding to this. We got slammed by a blizzard just after you posted and it slipped through the cracks.

      I hope you've found my boards helpful. Please let me know if you have others you think I should add. My adult books board especially needs some attention.