Keeping You Informed: Lexile Level Changes

By |July 7th, 2017|

Leveled reading is not a new concept for many teachers. With the recognized educational benefits of choice reading, teachers continue to move away from prescribed readers and now offer engaging, real books for authentic reading instruction. However, with this model, teachers must have a way to determine which books provide the most appropriate text complexity […]

8 Alternatives to Reading Logs for Holding Students Accountable During Independent Reading

By |June 30th, 2017|

Research validates what we already know, that time spent reading improves reading achievement (Anderson, 1985; Anderson, Wilson, & Fielding, 1988; Fielding & Pearson, 1994; Taylor, Frye, & Maruyama, 1990). It sounds simple, but I’ve never had a class in twenty-four years where students would just go get a book and read on the first day […]

Announcing the 2017 Winners of Our Booksource TCRWP Scholarships!

By |June 20th, 2017|

For the past 40 years, Booksource founder Sandy Jaffe has been committed to getting books into the hands of students of all ages, and helping teachers across the country build classrooms libraries. On behalf of Sandy, we are proud to award two scholarships every year to educators who share his passion for reading and literacy […]

6 Picture Book Biographies About Women in STEM

By |June 13th, 2017|

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 […]

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

By |June 9th, 2017|

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 […]

Turn Struggling Readers into Striving Readers with Hi-Lo Books

By |June 6th, 2017|

Everyone is a struggling reader. We all struggle when we’re reading out of discourse. For example, I’m considered a proficient reader but if you give me a physics textbook, I’d be a struggling reader.

But, imagine struggling across all discourses. Would you enjoy reading? The answer is no. Nobody likes to do things that they’re not […]

The Book Love Foundation Announces 2017 Classroom Library Winners

By |June 5th, 2017|

The Book Love Foundation awarded its 55th classroom library this year—and Booksource is honored to be a part of it!

Since 2013 the Book Love Foundation has given $221,000 in grants to classroom teachers. This year, twenty middle and high school English Language Arts teachers from the United States and Canada were awarded 500-book classroom […]

Gearing Up for the Summer: Tips for Year-Round Readers

By |May 30th, 2017|

Guest post from LitWorld

As tradition goes, summer break is a time for exploring new places, making new friends and discovering new interests. It’s a type of social-emotional development that can, and should, go hand-in-hand with year-round learning.

But for some kids, summer break and ten weeks away from school can put them at risk for summer […]

A Close Reading Example Featuring Passages from Loving vs. Virginia

By |May 26th, 2017|

Close reading—the thoughtful, critical analysis of a text—is a valuable skill for today’s students, but it’s one that requires practice. Here, author Patricia Hruby Powell does a close reading of her new chapter-book-in-verse Loving vs. Virginia (based on the landmark civil rights case that legalized marriage between races). Students can follow along with the story and develop their […]

Spring (Book) Love: Popular High School Books That Are Transforming My Students into Readers

By |May 19th, 2017|

Driving home from school at this time of year, Missouri is beautiful. My favorite stretch of road dips down into a shallow valley and then swings back up revealing the soft purple flowers of a Rosebud tree, a white Dogwood in full bloom and the new green of Maples and Oaks. Everyday my eyes want […]