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?

A Day in Her Shoes: Why We Stand Up for Girls

It’s almost evening on a typical Tuesday in October and Nydia is on her way to LitClub. After a long commute from her high school in lower Manhattan to her home in Harlem, she looks forward to reconnecting with her friends at the club, laughing over inside jokes, hearing their stories and sharing about her […]

By |October 10th, 2016|Classroom Ideas, Elementary, Experts from the Field, Feature, High School, Middle School, Professional Learning, Striving Readers|Comments Off on A Day in Her Shoes: Why We Stand Up for Girls

Bringing Books to Life: Adventures with Book Trailers

I’m not sure when book trailers started to be recognized as a powerful tool for getting readers excited about books, but it was just a few years ago that I discovered them myself. It was when I started dabbling in Twitter that I came across @MrSchuReads and the amazing book trailers he created and shared […]

Building Ecosystems of Joyful Growth

In Kristi’s apartment, there is just one room where her plants thrive. Though she has tried for years to keep plants in every room, inevitably they make their way to the one at the front of her apartment. The mix of gentle light, constant temperature, proximity to a faucet for watering and something else indefinable […]

Not Everything Is as It Seems in Nimona, a Graphic Novel by Noelle Stevenson

I recently caught the episode of “Morning Edition” on NPR when David Green talked to editor Barrie Hardymon about her picks for this year’s National Book Award. Graphic novels aren’t usually my forte, but when Nimona (Grades 9-12, Lexile GN350) was mentioned as a finalist for the young people’s literature category, it got my attention. […]

By |January 4th, 2016|Book Recommendation, High School, Middle School, Scout Awards, Striving Readers|Comments Off on Not Everything Is as It Seems in Nimona, a Graphic Novel by Noelle Stevenson

How to Get Your Students to Read This Summer

Summer reading…the words a six-year-old loves to hear and words an eighth grader loathes.  What happens during those years to put dread in something so great?  I’m not completely sure myself. I do know that as an eighth grade ELA teacher, my students would get their high school summer reading lists in the mail in […]

By |April 10th, 2015|Book Recommendation, Classroom Ideas, High School, Middle School, Striving Readers|Comments Off on How to Get Your Students to Read This Summer

Reaching All Readers

By Kevin English, High School ELA Teacher

“I hate reading!” These were the very first words I heard from Stevi (names changed to protect students’ identities) this year. She insisted there was nothing I could do to get her to read. I took a deep breath and reassured her, as I do with every student, that […]

By |October 27th, 2014|Classroom Ideas, Elementary, High School, Middle School, Professional Learning, Striving Readers|Comments Off on Reaching All Readers

Book Recommendation: Mr. Pants – It’s Go Time!

 

Mr. Pants – It’s Go Time! By Scott McCormick, illustrated by R. H. Lazzell
Grades 1-3

It’s go time! It’s the last day of summer break, and Mr. Pants, a hilarious, ornery kitty, and his family are trying to cram tons of last minute fun into one day! Mr. Pants wants to play laser tag, but he […]

By |October 23rd, 2014|Book Recommendation, Elementary, Striving Readers|Comments Off on Book Recommendation: Mr. Pants – It’s Go Time!

New Books for Avid NONreaders

 

We have all heard that getting kids to read is dependent on introducing them to the right book. Students become striving or reluctant readers for many reasons, but luckily for them there are thousands of books designed to help increase ability and interest in reading. With more of these books available almost daily, it can […]

By |October 16th, 2014|Classroom Ideas, Elementary, Middle School, Striving Readers|Comments Off on New Books for Avid NONreaders

Book Recommendation: Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller

By Barb Ryan, Middle School English Teacher

Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller by Joseph Lambert
Grades 5-12, Lexile GN630

What midcentury-born girl did not grow up admiring Helen Keller and her feisty teacher Annie Sullivan? From an adult perspective, the allure is apparent: a girl without her vital senses of sight and hearing becomes formally […]

By |October 14th, 2014|Book Recommendation, High School, Middle School, Social Studies, Striving Readers|Comments Off on Book Recommendation: Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller