10 Ways to Use Authentic Literature in Elementary, Middle AND High School Classrooms

Authentic literature has the power to excite students and foster a love of engaged reading, but it’s often challenging for busy teachers to find time to integrate real books into an already jam-packed schedule of daily lessons. How can you harness the power of a classroom library and get students reading more throughout the day—especially […]

By |December 20th, 2016|Classroom Ideas, classroom libraries, Contests and Freebies, Elementary, Feature, High School, Middle School|Comments Off on 10 Ways to Use Authentic Literature in Elementary, Middle AND High School Classrooms

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

I Read, You Read, Teens Read, We All Read! 5 YA Titles to Get Teens Reading

Teen Read Week is an opportunity to turn those reluctant teen readers into life-long book lovers. It’s important to ensure that students get the right books in their hands, so we’ve rounded up engaging young adult (YA) titles to get teens reading for the fun of it this week.
What Is Teen Read Week?
The Young Adult Library […]

By |October 7th, 2016|Book Recommendation, Contests and Freebies, High School, Middle School|Comments Off on I Read, You Read, Teens Read, We All Read! 5 YA Titles to Get Teens Reading

Are You Ready for Banned Books Week? With These 7 Resources, You Will Be

Not every book is beloved by every reader. Throughout the years, many books—including many classics—have been censored or banned from schools and libraries for one reason or another.

Since 1982, Banned Books Week has promoted freedom of expression and the importance of access to even controversial titles. Here’s what is happening with Banned Books Week in […]

By |September 23rd, 2016|Classroom Ideas, Contests and Freebies, Elementary, High School, Middle School|Comments Off on Are You Ready for Banned Books Week? With These 7 Resources, You Will Be

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in the Classroom—And in Real Life

Every time my family would visit my grandparents’ house for the weekend, my grandpa would wake up on Sunday mornings before the rest of us (which was pretty early in a family of educators used to waking up at 6 am each day) to buy steaming hot menudo, tender barbacoa, fresh home-made tortillas and all […]

By |September 16th, 2016|Classroom Ideas, Contests and Freebies, Elementary, Feature, High School, Middle School, Social Studies|Comments Off on Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in the Classroom—And in Real Life

A Hungry Lion or a Dwindling Assortment of Animals

Once upon a time a hungry lion is surrounded by more than a dozen of his animal pals. What’s the reader to think when the animals begin to disappear—their numbers dwindling little by little until the lion is left all alone? Never fear, readers, because the answer may not be quite what you think!

Today is […]

By |August 22nd, 2016|Book Recommendation, Contests and Freebies|Comments Off on A Hungry Lion or a Dwindling Assortment of Animals

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

Booksource Loves Middle Grade! Enter for Your Chance to Win!

So, Workman and their Algonquin Young Readers imprint started this brilliant movement to celebrate middle grade children’s books. The iLoveMG campaign kicked off back in January at NCTE, but, don’t fret, you can still join in on this middle grade literary love-fest! Here’s how:

Sign up for the iLoveMG newsletter.
Join the conversation about middle grade KidLit […]

By |March 21st, 2016|Contests and Freebies, Feature, Middle School|Comments Off on Booksource Loves Middle Grade! Enter for Your Chance to Win!

Booksource Book Club Reads The Nest by Kenneth Oppel

Booksource Book Club invites you to read along with us! This month we gathered to talk about The Nest by Kenneth Oppel. The Nest is a suspenseful horror story that will keep young readers on the edge of their seats. I reviewed The Nest last year (it was one of my favorite books of the […]

By |March 15th, 2016|Book Recommendation, Booksource Book Club, Contests and Freebies, Feature, Middle School|Comments Off on Booksource Book Club Reads The Nest by Kenneth Oppel

Meet Timmy Failure in a FREE Live Video Conference

“I am the founder, president, and CEO of Total Failure, Inc., the best detective agency in the town, probably the state, perhaps the nation.” –Timmy Failure

If you and your students haven’t yet met Timmy Failure, you’re in for a treat. This ditzy 11-year-old has his own detective agency, Failure Inc., and while he and his […]

By |February 2nd, 2016|Contests and Freebies, Elementary|4 Comments