The Best Books for Classroom Libraries: 40 Top Titles of 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 […]

By |December 8th, 2017|Favorite New Titles|0 Comments

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

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 […]

By |November 30th, 2017|Chapter Books|0 Comments

Redefining Hi/Lo Books for the Digital Age

There is no doubt we live in a visual world. Our activities are driven by tablets and phones. Our students are growing up with unlimited content at their fingertips. Clearly, we are educating students for a future that will be much different than ours.
Literacy Skills for the 21st Century
Much of the content students get each […]

By |October 20th, 2017|Favorite New Titles|0 Comments

17 Books for Readers Who Love Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Keep scrolling to the bottom of this post to enter for a chance to bring another popular middle grade series, the Dork Diaries, to your classroom!

With a total of eleven (soon to be twelve!) books in the series, four Hollywood film adaptations and millions of loyal fans, Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid books […]

By |October 6th, 2017|Chapter Books|0 Comments

Comics in the Classroom: Making a Place for Graphic Novels

Just a few short years ago, graphic novels were welcomed into the classroom. Long gone are the days when they were not considered “real” reading. While there may still be some curmudgeonly hold-outs that shun this format, numerous studies have proven their place in the classroom is well-deserved. Graphic novels can increase reading comprehension, support […]

By |September 22nd, 2017|Graphic Novels|0 Comments

Thinking Outside the Chapter Book

It always puzzles and saddens me a little when an adult acts apologetic to me about their reading habits. I often get “I don’t like to read, I just read magazines,” or “I’m not much of a reader, I just read books like Twilight.” There is an assumption that, because I teach reading, I believe […]

By |August 25th, 2017|Graphic Novels|0 Comments

11 Inspiring Social Justice Books for Elementary Readers

“School is a place where many issues facing our nation rise to the forefront. As teachers, how do we best prepare our students to face and discuss social justice concerns? For many of us, books offer a solid place to start.” – Katherine Bassett, National Network of State Teachers of the Year

Teaching social justice opens […]

By |August 18th, 2017|Subjects + Themes|0 Comments

9 Books for Getting Students Excited About the Total Solar Eclipse

On August 21st, Americans will be treated to a rare cosmic phenomenon: a total solar eclipse that can be seen from coast to coast.  Even those outside the path of the total eclipse will experience a partial solar eclipse. Check out these maps from NASA to determine what kind of eclipse you can see at […]

By |August 8th, 2017|STEM|0 Comments

Build a Positive Classroom Culture With The Rainbow Fish and Other Back-to-School Read Alouds

With big picture themes about friendship, empathy and kindness, Marcus Pfister’s The Rainbow Fish (Grades K-2, Lexile AD 410, Level M) is a delightful picture book about the value of sharing and generosity. And we’ve partnered with Simon & Schuster to give away four Rainbow Fish gift baskets in honor of the 25th anniversary of this […]

By |July 28th, 2017|Seasonal|0 Comments

6 Picture Book Biographies About Women in STEM

Association For Women In Science (AWIS) reports that while women make up 47% of the total workforce in the US, they hold only 26% of the positions in STEM fields. So why should we care? Individuals in STEM careers are solving big problems, developing technologies we use daily and setting the tone for what our […]

By |June 13th, 2017|STEM|1 Comment