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December 12, 2014

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Scott Westerfeld Answers That Perennial Author Question

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Talking about his new book ‘Afterworlds’ Scott Westerfeld joked, “This is basically the 150,000-word answer to the question, ‘Where do you get your ideas?’”

Bibliophile’s Delight: Books that Celebrate Creative Writing, Book Lovers, and Libraries

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Introduce and nurture independent writing, generate enthusiasm for books and reading, and the support language arts curriculum standards with these new picture books.

Real-life Heroes, Unspeakable Tragedies—and Kittens | Hi-Interest Nonfiction for Children and Teens

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Unusual topics and funky facts about our world pepper this selection of high-interest nonfiction titles for students.

‘Building a Better Teacher’ | Professional Shelf

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What’s missing in our attempts to improve our nation’s schools? In her thought-provoking, new book Elizabeth Green argues that it is teacher training programs.

Constructing a Life | A Conversation with Isabel Quintero

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“Adults forget what it is like to be a teen—that on their way to becoming adults they are often faced with situations they don’t know how to react or respond to. I often hear adults say, ‘In my day young women/men didn’t behave this way or that way.’ I have to laugh because, yes they did!”

Sister, Sister: Sibling Drama in Young Adult Literature

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Delving into everything from rivalries and heartbreaks to cold shoulders and warm embraces, three recent young adult novels each explore a facet of that bond among young women coming of age simultaneously, bound by blood, and, often, friendship.

Backpacks, Lunch Boxes, and Giggles Galore: Back-to-School Adventures

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This year’s crop of back-to-school titles balances familiar elements with inventive plots to explore commonplace qualms and quandaries with creativity and pizzazz.

It’s My Life | Teen Angst, Attitude, and Acumen

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These recent memoirs shed light on the teen experience from three very different perspectives: a college student with a debilitating disease, an awkward outsider chronicling her attempts at becoming popular, and an author looking back at how her tomboyish attitude made for a challenging childhood and adolescence.

Down by the Sea | Factual & Fictional Selections for Young Readers

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Covering 71 percent of Earth’s surface, home to a vast array of plant and animal species, inherently mysterious and largely unexplored, the ocean makes a fascinating topic for motivating investigations and stimulating imaginations.

Inside and Outside the Palace Gates | A Conversation with Candace Fleming

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I thought, “I cannot do another princess story. We “oooh” and “aaah” over the Fabergé eggs and palaces and court life, the happy family, and the royal romance between Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra. But the story of the Romanovs often excludes the rest of the history. They weren’t minding the store.

What’s On Your Summer Reading List? | Authors and Illustrators Respond

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Find out what your favorite authors and illustrators are reading this summer.

‘Revolution’ | A Conversation with Deborah Wiles

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“I love asking ‘what if?’ with my characters, setting them up to make choices, putting them in situations that will break their hearts, asking more of them than they seem to be able to handle, and seeing what they do….”

Juneteenth: The First Day of Freedom

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Angela Johnson and E. B. Lewis’s beautiful and evocative and ‘All Different Now’ (S&S, 2014) commemorates the first Juneteenth (June 19, 1865), when Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, with the long-delayed news of emancipation.

What We Learned | Crafting Standards-Based Lessons

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Crafting standards-based lessons has taught our ‘Curriculum Connections’ columnists a thing or two. They share their insights in this article.

Remembering D-Day

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Seventy years ago, on June 6, 1944, Allied troops launched an audacious assault on a 50-mile expanse of heavily defended coastline in Normandy, France. These resources on the historic event incorporate dynamic writing, stunning visuals, and plentiful primary source materials.

Summer Reading To “(Re)Invigorate” Your Teaching | Professional Shelf

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“There’s power in firsthand advice from people in the field who have been recognized for their excellence and expertise” and educators looking to reinvigorate their teaching need look no further than these two books for tips and suggestions on how to do so.

Classics are Cool, But… | Summer Reading for Grades 9-12

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Entice your students with a summer reading list of high-interest titles that are both literary and potential crowd pleasers. Evangelicals, mermaids, bullies, man-eating insects, robots, and cheerleaders abound in this selection that’s guaranteed to garner their attention.

Creep around Graveyards, Search for Spies | Summer Reading for Grades 4-8

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Summer is a time for exploration and discovery, for ruminating on history and losing oneself in adventures. This list of titles will travel well, whether it’s to a sunny spot in the backyard, to the beach, or to a destination miles away.

Invitations to Imagination | Summer Reading for K-3

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Summer ushers in a time of unstructured play, when children can explore their surroundings and connect to the outside world through their imaginations. Here is a selection of books that provide launch points for children to do just that.

The Bug Rescuer | A Conversation with Sarah Albee

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What did mosquitoes have to do with the Louisiana Purchase? Lice with the Irish potato famine? And what mysterious disease plagued the Philistines? As she promises in her introduction, Sarah Albee answers all these questions in glorious and “disgusting” detail in ‘Bugged.’