I Created a Classroom Organizer Account, Now What?

By |September 15th, 2017|

So you created a Classroom Organizer account to help organize your classroom library and you are feeling overwhelmed! We understand and we are here to help!

Take a deep breath….

Here are 5 things to do after creating your Classroom Organizer account:

1. Go to Your Account.

On the left navigation menu of the Teacher Dashboard, you will find Your […]

Telling History’s Story through Primary Sources

By |September 12th, 2017|

By Emily R. Smith, Teacher Created Materials

Every year, I tell my students that by the end of the year they will all love social studies. One year, David, my natural-born scientist, rolled his eyes and looked at me like I was crazy. (This is the student whose history museum exhibit included mummifying a teddy bear.) […]

Create a Culture of Engaged Readers With Our NEW Booksource Classroom Library Videos!

By |September 8th, 2017|

We’re so excited to kick off our NEW Classroom Library Videos with a series on Creating a Culture of Engaged Readers! In these short video clips, you’ll meet veteran educator Kelli Westmoreland, find answers to common classroom library questions and get ideas for integrating classroom library books into daily instruction. Whether you’re new to the idea of […]

The Big 3: Introducing Our 2018 Booksource Catalogs and Collections

By |September 6th, 2017|

At Booksource, we believe that creating better readers has the power to create a better world. By providing students with access to books that allow them to explore their interests and passions, classroom libraries have the power to create these readers. A classroom library filled with high-quality, authentic literature also empowers teachers to introduce topics […]

Share Your Literacy Expertise! Write for Booksource Banter

By |August 29th, 2017|

Do you have a passion for teaching with real books? Stories from everyday life as a teacher, coach or administrator? Literacy strategies and insights that would benefit other educators? A classroom library you’d love to show the world?
Booksource Banter is the official blog of Booksource, a leading distributor of authentic literature for K-12 classroom libraries. […]

Thinking Outside the Chapter Book

By |August 25th, 2017|

It always puzzles and saddens me a little when an adult acts apologetic to me about their reading habits. I often get “I don’t like to read, I just read magazines,” or “I’m not much of a reader, I just read books like Twilight.” There is an assumption that, because I teach reading, I believe […]

11 Inspiring Social Justice Books for Elementary Readers

By |August 18th, 2017|

“School is a place where many issues facing our nation rise to the forefront. As teachers, how do we best prepare our students to face and discuss social justice concerns? For many of us, books offer a solid place to start.” – Katherine Bassett, National Network of State Teachers of the Year

Teaching social justice opens […]

From Reluctant to Engaged: 4 Secrets to End Fake Reading

By |August 15th, 2017|

A few months ago, I went to Michigan Reading Association’s annual conference to learn—and to share what I’ve learned throughout my career with Michigan teachers. I attended two sessions on engaging readers and combating fake readers, and one of my presentations was titled “From Reluctant to Engaged: Secrets to End Fake Reading.” All three sessions […]

Refugee by Alan Gratz: Teaching Empathy in the Classroom

By |August 11th, 2017|

By Alan Gratz

It’s sometimes a challenge to get young people—and adults, for that matter—to care for people different from themselves.

One way we can teach empathy in the classroom is through the teaching of history. We can quote statistics—like the fact that six million European Jews were murdered during the Holocaust, and that half a million […]

9 Books for Getting Students Excited About the Total Solar Eclipse

By |August 8th, 2017|

On August 21st, Americans will be treated to a rare cosmic phenomenon: a total solar eclipse that can be seen from coast to coast.  Even those outside the path of the total eclipse will experience a partial solar eclipse. Check out these maps from NASA to determine what kind of eclipse you can see at […]