Building Literacy and Community At LitWorld’s Detroit Regional Story Summit

By |July 24th, 2017|

“Read. Aloooong. Read. Read. Aloooong!

Read. Aloooong. Read. Read. Aloooong!

Our hands are up high. Our feet are down low.

And THIS is how we read along!”

This is the song that opened our third annual Detroit Regional Story Summit last month. Alongside Booksource and LitWorld staff, we had over 250 students in attendance, representing ten different LitClubs across […]

Everything You Need to Know About Attending an Education Conference

By |July 17th, 2017|

I’m very lucky. I get to attend a lot of education conferences: some state and some national, some literacy and some technology. I love them all. The first conference I went to after many, many years was ILA in San Antonio a few years back. I was not at all prepared. But I’ve learned, along the […]

Middle Grade Giveaway! The Harlem Charade Book Club 6-Pack

By |July 14th, 2017|

Every month, the Booksource Book Club meets to discuss a different classroom library title. It’s always interesting to share our (often diverse) opinions on a given book, and debate the many ways it might be used to engage students as readers. Recently, we read The Harlem Charade—and now we’re giving away a Book Club 6-pack […]

Choose, Check and Champion Student Reading

By |July 11th, 2017|

When I was asked by my principal to create a skills class for my developing readers nearly 10 years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate a choice reading program that was structured, but loose enough where students could choose, check and champion their own reading without the risk of an assessment or using reading […]

Keeping You Informed: Lexile Level Changes

By |July 7th, 2017|

Leveled reading is not a new concept for many teachers. With the recognized educational benefits of choice reading, teachers continue to move away from prescribed readers and now offer engaging, real books for authentic reading instruction. However, with this model, teachers must have a way to determine which books provide the most appropriate text complexity […]

8 Alternatives to Reading Logs for Holding Students Accountable During Independent Reading

By |June 30th, 2017|

Research validates what we already know, that time spent reading improves reading achievement (Anderson, 1985; Anderson, Wilson, & Fielding, 1988; Fielding & Pearson, 1994; Taylor, Frye, & Maruyama, 1990). It sounds simple, but I’ve never had a class in twenty-four years where students would just go get a book and read on the first day […]

Announcing the 2017 Winners of Our Booksource TCRWP Scholarships!

By |June 20th, 2017|

For the past 40 years, Booksource founder Sandy Jaffe has been committed to getting books into the hands of students of all ages, and helping teachers across the country build classrooms libraries. On behalf of Sandy, we are proud to award two scholarships every year to educators who share his passion for reading and literacy […]

6 Picture Book Biographies About Women in STEM

By |June 13th, 2017|

Association For Women In Science (AWIS) reports that while women make up 47% of the total workforce in the US, they hold only 26% of the positions in STEM fields. So why should we care? Individuals in STEM careers are solving big problems, developing technologies we use daily and setting the tone for what our […]

New Loving vs. Virginia Novel Revisits An Important Piece of American History

By |June 9th, 2017|

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court Case Loving vs. Virginia, which legalized interracial marriage in the United States. Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case (7-12, Z+, HL720) is a beautifully written account of the marriage of Richard and Mildred Loving that details their fight to […]

Turn Struggling Readers into Striving Readers with Hi-Lo Books

By |June 6th, 2017|

Everyone is a struggling reader. We all struggle when we’re reading out of discourse. For example, I’m considered a proficient reader but if you give me a physics textbook, I’d be a struggling reader.

But, imagine struggling across all discourses. Would you enjoy reading? The answer is no. Nobody likes to do things that they’re not […]