Emma Cassell

About Emma Cassell

Emma Cassell is a Copywriter and Content Specialist at Booksource. Emma went straight from college graduate with an English major into the book world, a world she is thankful to be a part of. One of her all-time favorite picture books is A Day with Wilbur Robinson by William Joyce (with the original illustration circa 1990)—a book which speaks to Emma’s own fun-loving and sometimes eccentric nature. When she’s not reading, she’s jamming out to indie bands or frolicking in the great outdoors. You can follow her on Twitter @EmmaPinetree.

An Author Study on Wisdom, Wit and Words

I believe Catherine, Called Birdy (Grades 5-9, Level X, Lexile 1170) by Karen Cushman first exposed me to a certain brand of literary wit that I have come to love—the feminist kind. I distinctly remember feeling more sophisticated after reading this book. I chuckled at the wry humor and enjoyed figuring out the medieval vernacular. […]

By |July 2nd, 2016|Book Recommendation, High School, Middle School|2 Comments

Beautifully Illustrated Books Bring the Ocean to Kids (Wherever They May Live)

Several years ago, I picked up a book 100% because of its dramatic cover. On the cover was a scuba diver in yellow to red waters with a thought bubble asking, “How could we let this happen?” As I began reading, I found not only captivating design and illustrations, but also an interesting book about […]

By |June 1st, 2016|Book Recommendation, Elementary, Middle School|Comments Off on Beautifully Illustrated Books Bring the Ocean to Kids (Wherever They May Live)

A One-of-a-Kind Middle Grade Novel (that’s Scary-Safe)

A few weeks ago, I listened to a delightful podcast where Matthew Winner did an author interview with Karen Rivers about her new book The Girl in the Well is Me (Grades 5-8). Matthew, an elementary school librarian, said he had NEVER, ever read anything quite like this book for middle grade. That intrigued me, […]

By |April 2nd, 2016|Book Recommendation, Middle School|1 Comment

Finding a New Friend in a Historical Fiction YA Title

Joan Skraggs, the protagonist in The Hired Girl (Grades 6-9, Level Z, Lexile 810) has been likened to Anne Shirley and Jo March. Similar to those wholesome gals who I loved in my youth, Joan is a character I quickly became invested in. I truly cared about her well-being, lamented sorrows and celebrated her successes. By the end of the story, she was elevated to “fictional friend” (we all have those, right?). For me, this […]

By |February 1st, 2016|Book Recommendation, Feature, High School, Middle School|Comments Off on Finding a New Friend in a Historical Fiction YA Title

15 Resources to Help You Guess Which Titles Will Win a 2016 ALA Award

Literary experts everywhere are publishing lists of their favorite books of the year. At Booksource, we’re starting to place bets on which titles will win a prestigious award at the ALA Youth Media Awards (mark your calendars for the announcements on January 11 as ALA Midwinter is early this year). The stakes are getting high, […]

By |December 21st, 2015|Book Recommendation, Scout Awards|Comments Off on 15 Resources to Help You Guess Which Titles Will Win a 2016 ALA Award

Watch Out for Flying Kids! Booksource Interviews Author Cynthia Levinson

It’s not every day that I come across a book that truly expands my world. Watch Out for Flying Kids (Grades 5-9) did just that, and I am grateful. You see, part of this poignant story takes place in my own hometown, St. Louis, Missouri, and was published at a time when I needed this story most. […]

By |October 29th, 2015|Book Recommendation, Middle School, Social Studies|Comments Off on Watch Out for Flying Kids! Booksource Interviews Author Cynthia Levinson

A New Series about Magical Creatures Supports Scientific Thinking AND Writing!

I picked up Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures (Grades 3-7, Lexile 690) because I saw the name Maggie Stiefvater on a bright, cheery middle-grade Scholastic cover. I was curious because, of course, I associate her name with fantasy YA titles (namely, books from The Wolves of Mercy Falls and The Raven Cycle series). Based […]

By |September 28th, 2015|Book Recommendation, Elementary, Middle School, Scout Awards|Comments Off on A New Series about Magical Creatures Supports Scientific Thinking AND Writing!

Two Birds, One Stone: Picture Book Read Alouds to Integrate Across the Curriculum

Read alouds can be a great vehicle to introduce lessons across the curriculum. They can help build background knowledge and provide a captivating hook to start a lesson. The right book—one with captivating and pertinent information that rolls nicely off the tongue—is the key to consolidating your educational efforts! Check out these new picture book […]

By |August 14th, 2015|Classroom Ideas, Elementary, Scout Awards|Comments Off on Two Birds, One Stone: Picture Book Read Alouds to Integrate Across the Curriculum

Fashion Forward! 9 Things You Didn’t Know About Fashion Through the Ages

Sarah Albee’s Why’d They Wear That? (Grades 5-8) is a fascinating journey through the history of fashionistas from around the globe. It begins with a fitting quote:

Broken down into nine chapters that each tackle a different period of history, Why’d They Wear That? offers a great way to sneak in a history lesson with a […]

By |June 30th, 2015|Book Recommendation, High School, Middle School, Scout Awards|Comments Off on Fashion Forward! 9 Things You Didn’t Know About Fashion Through the Ages

A Booksource Banter Exclusive: Q and A with Author Sarah Albee on Her New Book Why’d They Wear That?

(Grades 5-8)

What inspired you to write Why’d They Wear That?

Many of my books become “parents” to the next one. In my Poop Happened (Grades 5-9) book, I had a chapter about so-called “filth diseases,” and realized that certain of those diseases—such as typhus, plague, malaria, even sometimes typhoid and dysentery–were vectored by insects. I […]

By |June 30th, 2015|Book Recommendation, Experts from the Field, High School, Middle School|Comments Off on A Booksource Banter Exclusive: Q and A with Author Sarah Albee on Her New Book Why’d They Wear That?