Inspired By The Outsiders: Author David Arnold on Kids of Appetite and Writing YA Fiction

By |April 18th, 2017|

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the publication of S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders, David Arnold reflects on how the book inspired his own work as a writer of YA fiction.

Shortly after the sale of my first novel, Mosquitoland (Grades 7-12, Lexile HL750), something occurred to me: that word—first—denoted a second. “First” implied the assumption […]

Things to Do in the Classroom with a Picture Poetry Book

By |April 11th, 2017|

By Elaine Magliaro
Author of Things to Do, a picture poetry book

I was an elementary school teacher for more than thirty years. I loved sharing poetry with my students! I also loved teaching them how to write poetry. One kind of poem my students enjoyed writing was a “things to do” list poem.

When I write my […]

10 Standards-Aligned NGSS Picture Books to Introduce Earth Day & Build Environmental and Climate Literacy

By |April 7th, 2017|

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”

 –Native American Proverb

We often hear the common question of what is Earth Day, a day on April 22nd to demonstrate support for environmental protection worldwide. But the overarching question is why do we have Earth Day? To some, we have a […]

National Poetry Month Resources: The Best Books and Articles to Inspire a Poetry Unit

By |March 31st, 2017|

Any time of year can be perfect for a poetry unit, but spring—when flowers bloom and sunshine returns—seems like an especially appropriate season to introduce students to the beauty of verse. Plus, April is National Poetry Month, making it the ideal time to share all of the learning opportunities these National Poetry Month resources have […]

Just Right Books and Shoes: Helping Students Find the Right Fit

By |March 28th, 2017|

Do you remember when you were a kid, and every phase of your life seemed to last forever? You couldn’t imagine that your current situation would ever come to an end. This can be wonderful if it’s summer vacation, but can be a real trial for a struggling reader.

Many of our students who have reading […]

2017 Caldecott and Newbery Medal Winners and Honorees to Add to Your Classroom Library

By |March 21st, 2017|

Spring has arrived, and while I’ve mostly filled my time wondering what happened to February and stocking up on Zyrtec, I’ve also carved out a few moments to read some lovely books–among them the 2017 Caldecott and Newbery medal winners and honorees. This year’s awards recognized beautiful children’s lit that shouldn’t be missed, and I […]

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The Girl Who Drank the Moon: A 2017 Newbery Award Winner Giveaway!

By |March 16th, 2017|

To those who follow children’s literature, the fact that The Girl Who Drank the Moon (Grades 5-9) won the Newbery Award for best children’s fiction didn’t come as a complete surprise. This children’s fantasy novel racked up seven starred reviews and was on numerous ‘best of’ lists before the ALA announced their Youth Media winners […]

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Top 10 Reasons to Love Booksource’s NEW Interactive Reading Level Chart

By |March 13th, 2017|

At Booksource, we know that reading levels can serve as a helpful tool for educators. Reading levels—including Guided Reading Level, Lexile Level, DRA Level and Reading Recovery Level—can make it easy to identify characteristics of reading proficiency at each grade level and match students to texts that can be read with success.
A Quick and Easy […]

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6 Essentials of a High-Quality Classroom Library

By |March 7th, 2017|

Your classroom library is an integral part of your literacy program, but not all classroom libraries are created equal. A high-quality classroom library provides students access to not just any books but the right books—books that engage them as readers, support and scaffold them as they grow, build reading skills, spark creativity and empathy, encourage […]

What Is Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching?

By |March 3rd, 2017|

When recently asked to provide his view on culturally and linguistically responsive teaching, Sharroky Hollie, Ph.D., author of Shell Education’s, Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Learning, was happy to share his passion and expertise on the topic.

“Ironically, the importance of culturally and linguistically responsive teaching or CLR being in all schools is not related […]

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