How I Reimagined the Whole Class Novel and Transformed My Students Into Readers

By |November 7th, 2018|

Thank you to high school English teacher Jacqueline Stallworth for sharing how a shift in her thinking on the whole class novel helped engage her students as readers! 

I started teaching a VERY LONG TIME ago, and I was teaching books that I thought were “good literature,” because they were novels in the traditional, literary canon. I remember […]

Congratulations to Our Classroom Library Photo Contest Winners!

By |October 18th, 2018|

When we first decided to host a Classroom Library Photo Contest in honor of back-to-school season, we weren’t sure what kind of response to expect. All we knew was that teachers need books for their classrooms–and that too many of them end up paying for these books out of their own pockets. We wanted to […]

Literacy Matters: How One Teacher’s Perspective was Changed by Implementing Intentional Instruction

By |September 21st, 2018|

By: Anika Perry

Edited by: Kimberly Johnson and Roderick Perry

My first year of teaching had come to an end and just as most teachers, I eagerly went online to check my Georgia Milestones (GMAS) results. The GMAS are accountability exams for all public school students in grades 3-12 in Georgia. I quickly typed away, barely containing […]

Rethinking the Literary Canon for Today’s Learners

By |September 11th, 2018|

Thank you to educational consultant and high school English teacher Jacqueline Stallworth for sharing her thoughts on how the books we choose to teach (or not teach) can profoundly impact today’s learners.

Recently, I was cycling with a man who graduated from high school in 1976, and he fondly told me about his high school English teacher who […]

6 Ways to Help Students Build A “What to Read Next” List

By |September 7th, 2018|

How do you help students who claim they have nothing to read? Thanks to 7th grade teacher Amber McMath for this guest post, sharing the strategies she uses to ensure that students always have ideas for titles to read next!

I need to go to the bathroom.

That sound outside is annoying.

My dog ate my book.

She’s bothering […]

Managing A Classroom Library: A Carefully Curated Collection

By |August 21st, 2018|

Guest Post by Emily Visness, The Bookish Advocate. Thanks to Emily for joining us to share her tips for managing a classroom library. 

Building a classroom library is a rewarding journey, one that is never quite complete. When people see the filled bookshelves in my classroom library, they tend to ask a lot of questions. Other […]

3 Readers You’ll Meet in the Middle School Classroom

By |July 31st, 2018|

Guest post by Carly Black, Teach Mom Repeat. Thanks to veteran middle school teacher Carly for joining us to share some of her favorite tips for matching books to readers!

The anticipation for class rosters hangs in the hot humid air of summer all season long. A reading teacher’s mind continuously swirls with ideas for the […]

What Is Project LIT Community?

By |June 25th, 2018|

We’re honored to partner with Project LIT Community at ILA 2018 to help bring culturally relevant books to classrooms across the country! If you’ll be in Austin, swing by booth #423 in the Exhibit Hall to browse our diverse selection of titles—and then add your favorites to our interactive #BooksourceBookshelf! For every sticker you add, […]

Summer Brain Drain: Surprising Statistics on Summer Slide

By |May 4th, 2018|

It’s no secret that kids read less during summer than they do during the school year. In fact, the average child reads just 6 hours over summer vacation!

This lack of reading practice is, unfortunately, often due to a lack of access to books. Students who lack books to read at home during the summer […]

Intervention Strategies for Struggling Readers

By |April 27th, 2018|

As most of us in the realm of education are patently aware, the root issues facing struggling readers vary greatly, and the level and severity of the “struggling” does as well, which makes it difficult to proclaim that there is “a” solution for addressing these readers’ needs. But, as educators, we’re also quite attuned to […]