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

New Loving vs. Virginia Novel Revisits An Important Piece of American History

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court Case Loving vs. Virginia, which legalized interracial marriage in the United States. Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case (7-12, Z+, HL720) is a beautifully written account of the marriage of Richard and Mildred Loving that details their fight to […]

By |June 9th, 2017|Favorite New Titles|0 Comments

25+ Must-Have Books and Series to Engage Reluctant Readers

Research shows that access to books improves reading performances (Lindsay, 2010). But access is much more than just having books available on a shelf, especially when it comes to books for reluctant readers. Access means having the right books available and easy to find for every student in your class. Some students have a more […]

By |May 12th, 2017|Favorite New Titles|2 Comments

Mysteries in the Classroom: How to Hook Readers with a “Whodunit” Tale

Last week, I brought home one of my favorite childhood books, The Eleventh Hour: A Curious Mystery by Graeme Base. In the story, Horace the elephant has a birthday party, and someone ate his birthday feast. The picture book has extremely intricate illustrations which hold the clues and keys to the mystery. The solution is […]

By |April 25th, 2017|Subjects + Themes|0 Comments

Inspired By The Outsiders: Author David Arnold on Kids of Appetite and Writing YA Fiction

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the publication of S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders, David Arnold reflects on how the book inspired his own work as a writer of YA fiction.

Shortly after the sale of my first novel, Mosquitoland (Grades 7-12, Lexile HL750), something occurred to me: that word—first—denoted a second. “First” implied the assumption […]

By |April 18th, 2017|Young Adult (YA)|0 Comments

10 Standards-Aligned NGSS Picture Books to Introduce Earth Day & Build Environmental and Climate Literacy

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”

 –Native American Proverb

We often hear the common question of what is Earth Day, a day on April 22nd to demonstrate support for environmental protection worldwide. But the overarching question is why do we have Earth Day? To some, we have a […]

By |April 7th, 2017|STEM|0 Comments

National Poetry Month Resources: The Best Books and Articles to Inspire a Poetry Unit

Any time of year can be perfect for a poetry unit, but spring—when flowers bloom and sunshine returns—seems like an especially appropriate season to introduce students to the beauty of verse. Plus, April is National Poetry Month, making it the ideal time to share all of the learning opportunities these National Poetry Month resources have […]

By |March 31st, 2017|Seasonal|0 Comments