Just Right Books and Shoes: Helping Students Find the Right Fit

Do you remember when you were a kid, and every phase of your life seemed to last forever? You couldn’t imagine that your current situation would ever come to an end. This can be wonderful if it’s summer vacation, but can be a real trial for a struggling reader.

Many of our students who have reading […]

By |March 28th, 2017|Feature|0 Comments

2017 Caldecott and Newbery Medal Winners and Honorees to Add to Your Classroom Library

Spring has arrived, and while I’ve mostly filled my time wondering what happened to February and stocking up on Zyrtec, I’ve also carved out a few moments to read some lovely books–among them the 2017 Caldecott and Newbery medal winners and honorees. This year’s awards recognized beautiful children’s lit that shouldn’t be missed, and I […]

By |March 21st, 2017|Feature|Comments Off on 2017 Caldecott and Newbery Medal Winners and Honorees to Add to Your Classroom Library

The Girl Who Drank the Moon: A 2017 Newbery Award Winner Giveaway!

To those who follow children’s literature, the fact that The Girl Who Drank the Moon (Grades 5-9) won the Newbery Award for best children’s fiction didn’t come as a complete surprise. This children’s fantasy novel racked up seven starred reviews and was on numerous ‘best of’ lists before the ALA announced their Youth Media winners […]

By |March 16th, 2017|Book Recommendation, Contests and Freebies, Feature|Comments Off on The Girl Who Drank the Moon: A 2017 Newbery Award Winner Giveaway!

Top 10 Reasons to Love Booksource’s NEW Interactive Reading Level Chart

At Booksource, we know that reading levels can serve as a helpful tool for educators. Reading levels—including Guided Reading Level, Lexile Level, DRA Level and Reading Recovery Level—can make it easy to identify characteristics of reading proficiency at each grade level and match students to texts that can be read with success.
A Quick and Easy […]

By |March 13th, 2017|Classroom Ideas, Feature|Comments Off on Top 10 Reasons to Love Booksource’s NEW Interactive Reading Level Chart

6 Essentials of a High-Quality Classroom Library

Your classroom library is an integral part of your literacy program, but not all classroom libraries are created equal. A high-quality classroom library provides students access to not just any books but the right books—books that engage them as readers, support and scaffold them as they grow, build reading skills, spark creativity and empathy, encourage […]

Curating Collections of Books That Reflect a Diverse America

Of all the duties of a Booksource Collection Development Specialist, the one we take the most pride in is the curation of the collections in our catalogs and on our website. We carefully consider every decision we make about which books are and are not included. We ask ourselves numerous guiding questions throughout the process:

Are […]

By |February 24th, 2017|Feature|Comments Off on Curating Collections of Books That Reflect a Diverse America

The Power of Story: Recommended Black History Month Titles for Every Grade Level

Established on the coattails of the Civil Rights Movement and Negro History Week, President Gerald Ford officially recognized February as Black History Month in 1976 with the hope that the public would “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor through our history.” This is a […]

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Reading Aloud in the Digital Age

There is one day every year where millions of us from around the globe take action to show that the right to literacy belongs to all people. This day is World Read Aloud Day, and on February 16, 2017, we will advocate for accessible and sustainable literacy communities through the read aloud. On this day, […]

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New to Balanced Literacy? Here’s What You Need to Know

Balanced literacy. What does it mean?

If you do a quick Google search, you’ll find many different definitions that may end up confusing you more than comforting you. But there are common threads in any explanation of the practice.

No matter how you define it, balanced literacy always involves the integration of real books within multiple threads […]

By |January 24th, 2017|Classroom Libraries, Feature|Comments Off on New to Balanced Literacy? Here’s What You Need to Know

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 medal 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 […]

By |January 20th, 2017|Book Recommendation, Classroom Libraries, Feature|Comments Off on Are You Ready for the 2017 ALA Youth Media Awards? A Look Back at the 2016 Medal Winners and Honorees