Champions and Heroes by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

By |December 12th, 2017|

Guest Post by Lynda Mullaly Hunt, author of Fish in a Tree and One for the Murphys

There is inspiration everywhere for writers who are willing to see. My inspiration for my books tends to come from my most vulnerable times in my young life.

It’s actually a bit ironic that I would grow up to be […]

The Best Books for Classroom Libraries: 40 Top Titles of 2017

By |December 8th, 2017|

With such amazing new children’s literature published each year, it can be difficult to know which titles are the best to include in your classroom library. That’s why we’re here! Finding the books that resonate with young readers—the books that keep them on the edge of their seats, the laugh-out-loud funny ones and the powerful stories […]

This Is How We Do It: A Nonfiction Picture Book Introducing Students to Kids from Around the World

By |December 4th, 2017|

By Matt Lamothe, author of This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from Around the World 

In college I took a class in documentary filmmaking. The assignment was to select a group of people different from yourself, and show the audience specific aspects of their lives. I chose truck […]

Teaching the Classics: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (Giveaway!)

By |November 30th, 2017|

With so many exciting, new titles published each year, it’s common for teachers to debate the relevance of the classics to today’s students. Are these books still relevant? Do they represent our world as it looks today? 
Answers to these questions are mixed—and hardly definitive. But with many classics topping this list of Teachers’ Top 100 […]

How to “Jump” Into Guided Reading

By |November 20th, 2017|

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Jump Library. Scroll to the bottom of this post and enter to win twenty of Jump’s high-interest nonfiction titles, with F&P levels of A-E, for your classroom!

Guided Reading helps teachers meet students’ varying needs. Through this framework, students are provided with supportive literacy experiences to help them […]

Balderdash: A Picture Book Biography for Mock Newbery Units

By |November 14th, 2017|

I’ve been bending, shaping, and experimenting with nonfiction since I was 10 years old. That’s when I had the good fortune of being in Mrs. Weber’s class for gifted 5th and 6th graders. Mrs. Weber was an old woman who was young at heart, and loved unleashing our creativity. Instead of assigning traditional Social Studies […]

Teaching Media Literacy: 9 Strategies for Integrating Diverse Media Into Balanced Literacy Instruction

By |November 10th, 2017|

With the continuous advancements in technological communications, images and sound are consistently inundating our students. Students today need to be literate in more than reading, writing, speaking and listening. Students need to be taught to critique video, images, graphics and sound delivered through multiple modalities—and teaching media literacy is up to us.  
Teaching Media Literacy Through […]

10 Clever Classroom Library Hacks To Help Teachers Get Students Excited About Reading

By |November 3rd, 2017|

These clever and creative classroom library hacks can help you save time, stay organized and get students excited about reading all of the amazing books you have to offer. 
1. Build a Book Hospital

When you put so many classroom library books into the hands of students, some of them are going to come back in less […]

3 Reasons Wonder Makes a Wonderful Classroom Read Aloud

By |October 26th, 2017|

WONDER-ing what to read next…?

It’s nearly time for Auggie Pullman to grace the silver screen, and in the spirit of “the movie’s coming out so hurry up and read the book,” here are a few of my favorite things about Wonder that I hope will compel you to pick up a copy, and perhaps read it […]

Redefining Hi/Lo Books for the Digital Age

By |October 20th, 2017|

There is no doubt we live in a visual world. Our activities are driven by tablets and phones. Our students are growing up with unlimited content at their fingertips. Clearly, we are educating students for a future that will be much different than ours.
Literacy Skills for the 21st Century
Much of the content students get each […]