How can we bring high quality Spanish-language books into American libraries? The Guadalajara International Book Fair is one answer.
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.
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?
In his last column, Marc Aronson raised a number of questions about the recently released Common Sense Media brief on “Children, Teens, and Reading.” Seeta Pai, Vice President of Research at Common Sense Media, responds.
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?
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.
“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.
“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.
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.
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.
Lately, everything we hear about the Common Core State Standards is gloom and doom. Marc Aronson brings us the latest good news.
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 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.
How is Google shaping our brain and the way we think? And what does it mean for educators? Marc Aronson ponders those questions.
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?”
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?
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.
If the “Harry Potter” books opened up fantasy for generations of readers, what will be the “gateway drug” for nonfiction readers? The author considers Jonathan Hunt’s question.
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.