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 […]

The Best Books for Classroom Libraries: 40 Top Titles of 2017

By |December 8th, 2017|

With such amazing new children’s literature published each year, it can be difficult to know which titles are the best to include in your classroom library. That’s why we’re here! Finding the books that resonate with young readers—the books that keep them on the edge of their seats, the laugh-out-loud funny ones and the powerful stories […]

This Is How We Do It: A Nonfiction Picture Book Introducing Students to Kids from Around the World

By |December 4th, 2017|

By Matt Lamothe, author of This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from Around the World 

In college I took a class in documentary filmmaking. The assignment was to select a group of people different from yourself, and show the audience specific aspects of their lives. I chose truck […]

Teaching the Classics: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (Giveaway!)

By |November 30th, 2017|

With so many exciting, new titles published each year, it’s common for teachers to debate the relevance of the classics to today’s students. Are these books still relevant? Do they represent our world as it looks today? 
Answers to these questions are mixed—and hardly definitive. But with many classics topping this list of Teachers’ Top 100 […]

How to “Jump” Into Guided Reading

By |November 20th, 2017|

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Jump Library. Scroll to the bottom of this post and enter to win twenty of Jump’s high-interest nonfiction titles, with F&P levels of A-E, for your classroom!

Guided Reading helps teachers meet students’ varying needs. Through this framework, students are provided with supportive literacy experiences to help them […]