A Hungry Lion or a Dwindling Assortment of Animals

By |August 22nd, 2016|

Once upon a time a hungry lion is surrounded by more than a dozen of his animal pals. What’s the reader to think when the animals begin to disappear—their numbers dwindling little by little until the lion is left all alone? Never fear, readers, because the answer may not be quite what you think!

Today is […]

Starting a New Year: Building on What Worked

By |August 15th, 2016|

As I turned off the light in my classroom, ready to leave for the summer, my mind filled with thoughts about the school year – students I’ll miss and those who challenged me; projects, writing, books; current events that pulled us together. Finally, my mind jumped to next year. Yep, in May. “But next year […]

Booksource Kids Celebrate Book Lover’s Day

By |August 7th, 2016|


National Book Lover’s Day is celebrated every year on August 9. This special day helps to promote the love of reading by sharing favorite books, inspiring authors, and special reading places. In its honor, the Booksource kids have a few recommendations for you! Have recommendations you’d like to share? Leave them for us in the […]

Mentor Texts 101

By |August 3rd, 2016|

Pen in hand, paper on the table in front of me. The words, “Dear Sir or Madam,” scrawled loosely across the top. And nothing else. I wracked my brain for the lessons learned almost a decade before in high school about formal letters or business letters, but I struggled to apply these lessons to what […]

8 Quotes to Inspire Your Back-to-School Planning

By |July 27th, 2016|


While many are enjoying the middle of their summer, we know you are getting a start on the new school year’s planning. Stay motivated and inspired with these shareable quote images. They’re great for sharing to your Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and more. Looking for bulletin board material? Print them for daily motivation in the classroom. Have […]

Reinforcing the Message of Equality and Peace

By |July 20th, 2016|

Dorothy Law Nolte first published this poem titled “Children Learn What They Live” in 1954, and co-authored a book with Rachel Harris in 1998 of with the same title. As educators, we see first-hand how our actions and our students’ parents’ actions speak to our students louder than any words, lesson or story we have […]

Supporting Gifted Children Through Bibliotherapy

By |July 13th, 2016|

In recognition of Parenting Gifted Children week, it seemed only fitting to explore the specific challenges and strategies designed to assist teaching the gifted learner, especially as it relates to books and literacy. Oftentimes, a great deal of attention is paid to the important and recurring problem of how best to reach struggling readers in […]

Did You See These 10 Education Stories from June?

By |July 10th, 2016|

Were you too busy wrapping up the school year in June and missed out on some news stories? Perhaps took an end of the year vacation? Maybe you just missed these headlines. Whatever the case here are 10 education stories from June you might want to catch up on.
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Using Graphic Novels to Model and Teach Standards

By |July 6th, 2016|

Common Core. These two words trigger much debate and even speculation across the country in the field of education. Whether you, your school or your state is for, against, impartial or somewhere else, the skills and strategies endorsed in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are everywhere. Part of my job is to look at […]

An Author Study on Wisdom, Wit and Words

By |July 2nd, 2016|

I believe Catherine, Called Birdy (Grades 5-9, Level X, Lexile 1170) by Karen Cushman first exposed me to a certain brand of literary wit that I have come to love—the feminist kind. I distinctly remember feeling more sophisticated after reading this book. I chuckled at the wry humor and enjoyed figuring out the medieval vernacular. […]