Liberty Point Elementary School: How We Leveraged Classroom Libraries To Increase Student Achievement and Engagement

By |February 23rd, 2018|

Guest Post by James A. Payne, Principal, Liberty Point Elementary School

Recently the Georgia Governor’s Office of Student Achievement recognized our school as a “Beating the Odds” School for the second consecutive year. This distinction is awarded to schools that are able to perform better than statistically anticipated by defying the uncontrollable characteristics of a school’s […]

What Is Love?

By |February 9th, 2018|

Hi all, Matt de la Peña and Loren Long here. We’ve spent the past few weeks on the road talking about our new picture book, LOVE, and we thought it would be cool to share a little about our inspiration for the project. Thanks for your time!

Matt: Hey Loren, I know you tried a completely […]

Happy Birthday, Jules Verne! We’re Celebrating with a Giveaway!

By |February 6th, 2018|

To celebrate the 190th birthday of the Father of Science Fiction (don’t tell H.G. Wells I said that), we’re giving away classroom sets of one of his most thrilling tales of adventure and improbable geology: Journey to The Center of the Earth!

And to get you in the Jules Verne mood, here are 5 fun facts […]

Nikki Grimes: What Was the Question?

By |February 2nd, 2018|

By Nikki Grimes 

I found myself in a strange part of town, this morning. I wandered aimlessly up and down an unfamiliar street. Perhaps you’ve heard of it. It’s called Writer’s Block.

How on earth did I get here? That of course, is the question, and questions—especially good ones—lead to answers, which is the point. Every story […]

Ruta Sepetys: Every Human Being Has a Story to Tell

By |January 23rd, 2018|

Imagine a suitcase.

It’s old, journey-weathered, and has lived in a lonely corner of a relative’s attic for more than fifty years. You recognize the name on the dusty tag. It belonged to your grandparents or your great-grandparents. What do you hope is inside?

For the past decade, I’ve been traveling the world in search of history […]

Reading Aloud Builds Communities

By |January 19th, 2018|

World Read Aloud Day (February 1st) is a day devoted to the power of literacy and the transformational joy that comes from sharing stories aloud within a family, a classroom, and a community. People in over 100 countries across the globe join us every year to celebrate the ability of words and literature to create […]

To the Student Who Stole My Money and Vandalized Our Rooms

By |January 12th, 2018|

A guest post from 7th grade teacher Amber McMath.

To the Student Who Stole My Money and Vandalized Our Rooms,

You want everyone to think you’re a mean ole tough guy, a devious troublemaker, a kid with nothing to lose. I’m impressed you’re able to keep up that reputation. Because what you really are is a soft-hearted […]

Our Top 10 Most Popular Booksource Blog Posts of 2017

By |January 5th, 2018|

Happy New Year! Before we dive into fresh content for 2018, we wanted to take a moment and revisit some of our most popular Booksource blog posts of 2017. These are the posts that you read, shared with your friends and colleagues and hopefully tucked away in your idea file to return to when you […]

Foster Pre-Reading Readiness with, What Else, Books!

By |December 29th, 2017|

Real Books Foster Reading Success 
To become lifelong readers, students need access to quality literature across a wide range of topics from an early age. From an early age, books are among the best tools to foster pre-reading readiness and instill fundamental reading skills like print conventions, alphabet and phonetic awareness and oral language learners. Essential […]

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 […]