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 […]

Learning to Tell a Story with Charlie & Mouse

By |August 1st, 2017|

This may sound funny, but Charlie and Mouse actually grew out of Facebook. After my kids were born, I began chronicling each sweet or goofy thing they said or did. My intended audience was (of course) my kids’ grandparents, aunts, and uncles. But after awhile, other people started to comment that these moments were interesting, […]

Build a Positive Classroom Culture With The Rainbow Fish and Other Back-to-School Read Alouds

By |July 28th, 2017|

With big picture themes about friendship, empathy and kindness, Marcus Pfister’s The Rainbow Fish (Grades K-2, Lexile AD 410, Level M) is a delightful picture book about the value of sharing and generosity. And we’ve partnered with Simon & Schuster to give away four Rainbow Fish gift baskets in honor of the 25th anniversary of this […]

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 […]