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About Booksource

Booksource is a leading distributor of authentic literature for K-12 classroom libraries. With an extensive selection of books from hundreds of publishers, we provide teachers with access to quality books, at just the right level, with something for every student's interests. Our customizable classroom library solutions make it easy and cost effective for educators to build, grow and organize classroom libraries that foster engaged reading in their schools.

10 Ways to Use Authentic Literature in Elementary, Middle AND High School Classrooms

Authentic literature has the power to excite students and foster a love of engaged reading, but it’s often challenging for busy teachers to find time to integrate real books into an already jam-packed schedule of daily lessons. How can you harness the power of a classroom library and get students reading more throughout the day—especially […]

By |December 20th, 2016|Classroom Ideas, classroom libraries, Contests and Freebies, Elementary, Feature, High School, Middle School|Comments Off on 10 Ways to Use Authentic Literature in Elementary, Middle AND High School Classrooms

Lola StVil’s Girls Like Me: Mentor Text for Writing or Independent Read?

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. One of our most recent reads, Lola StVil’s Girls Like Me, presented an interesting […]

By |December 16th, 2016|Book Recommendation, Booksource Book Club, Classroom Ideas, classroom libraries, High School, Middle School, Striving Readers|Comments Off on Lola StVil’s Girls Like Me: Mentor Text for Writing or Independent Read?

Teach a Holiday Lesson in Multiculturalism with These 5 Holidays Around the World Collections

Holidays can be tricky for teachers to navigate, especially in the elementary grades where many classroom activities revolve around the latest opportunity for celebration.

So how can educators and administrators best integrate holidays into school curriculum? While individual schools and districts will ultimately have to decide what approach works best for them, don’t forget about the […]

By |December 5th, 2016|Book Recommendation, Classroom Ideas, classroom libraries, Early Childhood, Elementary, Feature, High School, Middle School|Comments Off on Teach a Holiday Lesson in Multiculturalism with These 5 Holidays Around the World Collections

A Classroom Library Quick Reference Guide

“Research proves that access to books and providing students with choices in what they read improves students’ reading motivation, engagement and achievement. A well-curated classroom library offers students the support they need to become lifelong readers.”

–Donalynn Miller
When you build a classroom library filled with engaging books, students get excited about reading. But how do you […]

How One Kansas City Elementary School Used Classroom Libraries to Boost Grade Level Proficiency by 20%

When Principal Ryan Most came to Kansas City’s New Stanley Elementary School in 2012, the school ranked in the bottom 5% of the state. Classroom libraries were outdated, and teachers received little, if any, professional development.

Materials being used were mostly remnants from past basal programs. They targeted below-grade-level readers, and were working for some students, […]

By |November 29th, 2016|Classroom Ideas, Elementary, Feature, Professional Learning|Comments Off on How One Kansas City Elementary School Used Classroom Libraries to Boost Grade Level Proficiency by 20%

Top Takeaways from Our Favorite NCTE 2016 Sessions in Atlanta

“Books are our co-teachers. When we bring books into the classroom we are never lonely.”  @JoEllenMcCarthy, #NCTE16

We’re back—from NCTE 2016, that is! This annual conference, which took place in Atlanta, GA last weekend, couldn’t have come at a better time of year. Over and over, we heard from educators who connected with their tribe, discovered […]

10 Helpful Teacher Hacks for Educators Who Need Fresh Ideas

“The most valuable resource that all teachers have is each other. Without collaboration, our growth is limited to our own perspective.”
–Robert John Meehan
Are you looking for new and innovative ideas for your classroom? Whether you spend each day with a wiggly group of kindergarten students or teach advanced high school English classes, other teachers […]

By |November 14th, 2016|Classroom Ideas, Elementary, High School, Middle School|Comments Off on 10 Helpful Teacher Hacks for Educators Who Need Fresh Ideas

Using Picture Books Across Content Areas: Classroom Strategies for Grades K-5

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
~ Dyer 2009
From the very first moment we started working together as math and reading specialists, we intently focused on our respective content areas. As we planned and worked with teachers individually around reading or math lessons, we never quite saw […]

By |November 9th, 2016|Classroom Ideas, Elementary, Experts from the Field, Feature, Math, Middle School|Comments Off on Using Picture Books Across Content Areas: Classroom Strategies for Grades K-5

12 Things You Must Do at NCTE 2016 in Atlanta

Are you ready for NCTE 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia, from November 17-20? Presented by the National Council of Teachers of English, this annual event features learning opportunities for educators from all backgrounds—particularly leaders in literacy education.

To help you prepare, we’ve rounded up some of the things we’re most looking forward to at this year’s conference. Take […]

By |November 1st, 2016|Feature, Professional Learning|Comments Off on 12 Things You Must Do at NCTE 2016 in Atlanta

7 Family-Friendly Literacy Activities to Empower Families as Readers

As educators and advocates for literacy, our efforts focus primarily on the day-to-day school environment. But to inspire a love of reading and have a positive impact on the literacy skills of today’s students, there’s one crucial ally we need in our corner: families.
Literacy Begins at Home 
We all know that more reading equals better […]

By |October 24th, 2016|Feature|Comments Off on 7 Family-Friendly Literacy Activities to Empower Families as Readers