Are You Ready for the 2017 ALA Youth Media Awards? A Look Back at the 2016 Medal Winners and Honorees

The medals are coming!

In a matter of days the American Library Association (ALA) will announce Caldecott and Newbery winners. (The announcements will take place on Monday, January 23 at 8 a.m. EST and are being live-streamed on the I Love Libraries Facebook page, so anyone can watch!)

My inner book nerd is all a-flurry as […]

By |January 20th, 2017|Book Recommendation, classroom libraries, Feature|0 Comments

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 […]

Build Student Literacy and Reading Skills with These 14 Not-So-Traditional Fairy Tales

Although not originally intended only for children, fairy tales have had a prominent place in children’s literature for centuries. With their fantastic, magical elements and plot lines that support character education and social and emotional learning, fairy tales in the classroom can introduce students to history, international settings, critical literacy skills and more.
Fairy Tales Teach […]

Crises and Crusades: Support Content Area Literacy with These Historical Titles by Albert Marrin

Albert Marrin is a well-regarded author of juvenile nonfiction. Having penned over three dozen titles, he is not only prolific but also award-winning, and clearly dedicated to bringing history to life for his readers.

I recently spent some time with three of Marrin’s titles: A Volcano Beneath the Snow, FDR and the American Crisis and Thomas […]

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

Make Good Choices! Author KA Holt on Writing to Explore Consequences

In my family, it’s a little bit of a joke when I yell, “Make good choices!” as my kids go off to school, or to play with friends. They always shake their heads and laugh, but hopefully my words sink in a little bit. It’s hard to make good choices, especially when you’re growing up […]

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From Real to Riveting: Great Pairings of New YA Texts for the High School Classroom

As readers, sometimes we have to really work to make connections between two seemingly unrelated ideas. Last year, when I had students read Jason Reynolds’ When I Was the Greatest alongside Elie Wiesel’s Night, they were able to reach a deeper understanding of what it meant to be “my brother’s keeper” than ever before.

(Side note: […]

By |November 18th, 2016|Book Recommendation, Contests and Freebies, Feature, High School, Middle School|Comments Off on From Real to Riveting: Great Pairings of New YA Texts for the High School Classroom

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

Because of a Book, a Scientist

By Lola M. Schaefer, author of Because of an Acorn (Chronicle Books, 2016) 

I still remember the first book that excited me about science. I was eight years old and the title was Insects. It wasn’t a field guide, but an illustrated children’s book all about the bugs in my backyard: katydids, ladybugs, moths, beetles, butterflies […]

By |October 27th, 2016|Book Recommendation, Elementary, Experts from the Field, Science|Comments Off on Because of a Book, a Scientist