Are You Ready for Banned Books Week? With These 7 Resources, You Will Be

By |September 23rd, 2016|

Not every book is beloved by every reader. Throughout the years, many books—including many classics—have been censored or banned from schools and libraries for one reason or another.

Since 1982, Banned Books Week has promoted freedom of expression and the importance of access to even controversial titles. Here’s what is happening with Banned Books Week in […]

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in the Classroom—And in Real Life

By |September 16th, 2016|

Every time my family would visit my grandparents’ house for the weekend, my grandpa would wake up on Sunday mornings before the rest of us (which was pretty early in a family of educators used to waking up at 6 am each day) to buy steaming hot menudo, tender barbacoa, fresh home-made tortillas and all […]

Titles To Help You Talk About 9/11 In The Classroom

By |September 8th, 2016|

While the events of September 11, 2001 remain fresh in our mind as if they happened yesterday, to our students 9/11 is just another historical event that happened before they were born. My daughter is twenty-one, and she remembers the fear of the day, but nothing about the horror so many of us witnessed on […]

Diverse Stories Paint the Palette of Our Humanity

By |September 5th, 2016|

At a LitWorld LitClub in Manila, the Philippines, a mentor shared the profound impact a book had on the girls there. Read page by page in both English and Tagalog; the children absorbed the book, Whoever You Are with deep delight. The teaching mentor described how the children responded strongly to the messages in the […]

Bringing Books to Life: Adventures with Book Trailers

By |August 31st, 2016|

I’m not sure when book trailers started to be recognized as a powerful tool for getting readers excited about books, but it was just a few years ago that I discovered them myself. It was when I started dabbling in Twitter that I came across @MrSchuReads and the amazing book trailers he created and shared […]

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 […]