Julie Allen

About Julie Allen

Julie is a Literacy & Education Coordinator at Booksource and enjoys helping teachers choose the perfect books for their students! She loves middle grade and young adult fiction, especially science fiction, magical realism, and anything with an animal narrator. If she’s really enjoying a book, she will always flip ahead to see how everything resolves itself—this usually upsets her friends and colleagues. Besides reading, Julie enjoys traveling with her adventurous husband, playing board games with her friends, and trying to guess what her two dogs are thinking.

Mining for Gold: Gold Rush-Themed Lesson Ideas That Start With Books

On January 24, 1848, gold was discovered at Sutter’s Mill in California, sparking one of the largest migrations in America’s history. Americans and immigrants flocked to California by the thousands, hoping to strike it rich as miners in the gold fields or as merchants selling supplies.  

Although it seems like ages ago, students can find […]

Exploring Cultural Diversity Through Picture Books About Cuba

As we move towards a global society, the world we live in grows smaller each day. Students need to be prepared for this trend toward globalization. Teachers play a vital role in ensuring that an appreciation for and understanding of cultural diversity is an integral part of every child’s education.

Through literature, teachers have an amazing […]

By |November 4th, 2016|Book Recommendation, Classroom Ideas, Elementary, Feature, Social Studies|Comments Off on Exploring Cultural Diversity Through Picture Books About Cuba

Sally Ride Continues to Bring Space into the Classroom

When I was in grade school, I was lucky enough to spend a week at the most magical place on earth. We loaded up the family car and headed south, not to Disney World, but to someplace even better: Space Camp. I spent the week taking a simulated trip to Mars, imagining myself on the moon in a […]

By |June 10th, 2016|Book Recommendation, Classroom Ideas, Elementary, High School, Middle School, Science|Comments Off on Sally Ride Continues to Bring Space into the Classroom

Middle School Summer Reading + Giveaway

As students are finishing their final exams this spring, their thoughts shift towards sunshine, free time and absolutely no homework. The last thing on their minds might be, “Am I going to remember all this when school starts next fall?” Despite their enthusiasm for the end of the school year, summer learning loss is well documented and […]

By |May 3rd, 2016|Classroom Ideas, Contests and Freebies, Middle School|Comments Off on Middle School Summer Reading + Giveaway

Imaginary Friends Trending in the Real World

Imaginary companions are making a real impact, even for those of us who can’t see them. Parents and caregivers across the country are setting extra places for them at the table, buckling them into empty seats in the car, and hoping against hope that they don’t accidentally sit on them. We may want to keep […]

By |February 10th, 2016|Book Recommendation, Elementary|Comments Off on Imaginary Friends Trending in the Real World