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August 1, 2014

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Marc Aronson

About Marc Aronson

Marc Aronson is a Rutgers University lecturer in the School of Communication and Information and the author of many notable nonfiction titles for children and young adults including, The Skull in the Rock, winner of the 2013 Subaru Prize from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His book The Griffin and the Scientist (with Adrienne Mayor) will be published in April 2014. He was the first recipient of the Robert F. Sibert medal from the American Library Association for excellence in nonfiction writing for youth.

Delivering Quality Spanish-Language Books: The Guadalajara International Book Fair | Consider the Source

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How can we bring high quality Spanish-language books into American libraries? The Guadalajara International Book Fair is one answer.

Growing Up Together | Consider the Source

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J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” and John Green’s “Fault in Our Stars”—the books and films—have me thinking that instead of conceding “Young Adult” to “New Adult, ” maybe we should create the category of “New Family”—books that are both truly YA and truly adult.

Greatest Generation | Consider the Source

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Charlotte Zolotow, Margaret K. McElderry, Jean Karl, Dorothy Briley, and Frances Foster—all creators of modern books for children and teenagers—groomed many young editors. What was it that these greats had in common?

Are Teenagers Reading Less? | Consider the Source

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A Common Sense Media study released earlier this month reported on findings from a number of surveys conducted by respected groups on “Children, Teens, and Reading,” But what questions did those surveys fail to ask?

One Story That Should Change How We Teach History | Consider the Source

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A lively conversation with a “sparkling” group of seventh grade students and their teachers, and Randy J. Sparks’s latest book has led the author to a radical conclusion.

I Heard It Through the Grapevine | Consider the Source

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“There is no longer one Common Core approach, or need, or form of professional development. ” That’s one reason why the relaunch of the five-headed ‘Uncommon Corps’ blog makes sense.

Hello World, Goodbye Flatland | Consider the Source

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“Between the booths, the artists, the displays, and the discussions, the Bologna Children’s Book Fair is a feast for the eyes and ears; it is the market, the souk, of materials for children and young adults.” The innovative works on display there make American publishers appear timid in comparison when it comes to experimenting with style and format.

The Right To Know | Consider the Source

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Instead of squabbling over elements of Common Core we need to look at what the standards offer: a ladder. We must break through the blur of the immediate…to what [young people] need to know, to the skills and tools that will allow them to know, and the assurance that they have a right to know.

Diversity in Librarianship | Consider the Source

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Over the past few weeks there’s been a great deal of discussion among librarians and authors about the lack of diversity in books published for children and teens. When it comes to our profession, have we closely examined the imbalances that exist? Marc Aronson weighs in.

The Good News | Consider the Source

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Lately, everything we hear about the Common Core State Standards is gloom and doom. Marc Aronson brings us the latest good news.

Text Sets: Your Chance to Lead the Common Core | Consider the Source

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While offering educators tried-and-true resources that respond to the CCSS mandate for “content-rich nonfiction that builds knowledge,” the ambitious Student Achievement Partners (SAP) also opens a door to collaboration.

How Do We Read? | Consider the Source

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How do different readers approach nonfiction? What are their expectations? What engages them? What trips them up? And, what’s important when evaluating these texts? Must we approach each book with a checklist? Marc Aronson considers these questions.

The Google Djinn | Consider the Source

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How is Google shaping our brain and the way we think? And what does it mean for educators? Marc Aronson ponders those questions.

New Year, New Possibilities | Consider the Source

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Thinking about Tanya Bolden’s ‘Courage Has No Color, the Story of the Triple Nickles’ and Steve Sheinkin’s forthcoming ‘The Port Chicago 50,’ Marc Aronson asks, “Why are there so few nonfiction books by people of color that are not about the history of their own race/ethnicity?”

Blinded by Blockbusters | Consider the Source

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The “long-tail” promise of digital—that its long-term availability would come to impact the blockbuster phenomenon—has not come to pass. What does this mean for librarians?

Robots and Rising Stars | Consider the Source

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Whether it is kids making, or scientists sharing, this is the moment when science, history, archaeology, paleontology, and physics are all about knowledge taking shape in our hands, in front of our eyes. What a thrill.

The Elephant in the Reading Room | Consider the Source

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Learning history is learning about the rise and fall of empires. And what type of stories are our students pursuing in their leisure reading? Could it be the rise and fall of empires? This author has some theories.

Bragging Rights | Consider the Source

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Using Pinterest, online students at Rutgers have been curating boards for students on civil rights and robotics with the Common Core State Standards in mind. Take a peek at their efforts.

Strike Up the Band | Consider the Source

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While studying, implementing, and assessing the Common Core standards, let’s not lose sight of the importance of passion, commitment, and creativity. The students at J.H.S. 52 in Manhattan and their teacher, Dr. Salvador Fernandez, haven’t. Fernandez shares his vision for how everyone in a school can work to meet the challenge of the Common Core.

“I Want a Real Picture of a Dinosaur” | Consider the Source

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While many of us have thought about the interplay of art, text, and design in picture books, few of us have considered how the same elements work in nonfiction. It’s time to talk about the decisions that go into choosing and using art in nonfiction.