June 28, 2017

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Summer Reading 2017

Summer Reading 2017 The Classroom Bookshelf will be taking a summer vacation, returning on Monday, August 28th. As our final entry for the academic year, we offer you a collection of links designed to keep you and the children and young adults in your life happily reading over the next several months. We wish you […]

“Build a Better World” with Chapter Books

Chapter Book Chat columnist Abby Johnson recommends three recent titles (along with lesson plan and activity ideas) that fit perfectly with the “Build A Better World” summer reading theme.

Tired of Fidget Spinners? Embrace Them As Teaching Tools, Not Just Toys

Librarian Christina Keasler advises educators to embrace the recent fidget spinner craze—and incorporate them into lesson plans and summer activities.

Seven Tips for Teaching News Literacy to Eight- to 12-Year-Olds

Considerations and strategies for teaching younger learners how to evaluate and create media.

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Felix Yz

Felix Yz Written by Lisa Butler Published by Viking Press, 2017 ISBN: 978-0-425-28850-4 Grades 5-8 Book Review Being thirteen can be hard even on the good days. Protagonist Felix Yz faces bullies, strives to please his teachers, and tries to get to know his crush Hector a little better. But he has even bigger problems, […]

The Churchill Archive for Schools | A Trove of Free Primary Resources

A collection of 20th-century primary source documents is now free to schools worldwide.

Why Kids Need Data Literacy, and How You Can Teach It

Data is all around us. It is vital that our students understand and interpret the data, infographics, and visualizations they see.

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The Banana-Leaf Ball: How Play Can Change the World

The Banana-Leaf Ball: How Play Can Change the World Written by Katie Smith Milway and Illustrated by Shane W. Evans Published by Kids Can Press in 2017 Grades 2 – 6 Book Review Fleeing from violence that separates him from his family, Deo arrives at Lukole, a refugee camp in Tanzania, emaciated, scared, and alone. […]

Becoming Bach

Becoming Bach Written and illustrated by Tom Leonard Published by Roaring Brook Press, 2017 ISBN #978-1-62672-286-6   Grades K and up   Book Review   “New sounds, happy sounds, quiet sounds, yellow sounds, red sounds, blue sounds. All the sounds in my head.” In Becoming Bach, a picture book biography written and illustrated by Tom […]

Design Thinking, and a Library Update, With Third Graders

An elementary school librarian and her students reconceive their library to make it more conducive to Project Based Learning.

Over and Under the Pond

Over and Under the Pond Written by Kate Messner Illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal Published in 2017 by Chronicle Books Grades PreK-5 ISBN: 978-1-4521-4542-6 Book Review “Over the pond, cattails rustle and shush in the wind…Under the pond, a caddisfly larva builds a home of her own–a secret shelter of pebbles and sand.” As with […]

Bronze and Sunflower

Guest blogger Fang Jia jointly authored this week’s entry with Mary Ann. In China, Fang teaches Chinese language and literature. Currently, she studies Curriculum and Instruction at Boston College. Bronze and Sunflower Written by Cao Wenxuan, translated by Helen Wang, illustrated by Meilo So Published by Candlewick Press, 2017 Originally published in Mandarin, 2005 ISBN: […]

How Fair Is Your Maker Space?

No matter your budget, the key to a successful program is getting everyone to the table.

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Explore the Natural World | Big Books for Browsing

Explore these four fact-packed, boldly illustrated, oversized books that delve into the many and multifaced wonders of nature.

Build Your Own Speaker: SLJ Reviews BOSEbuild Speaker Cube

Teachers and librarians can use the activities to design in-depth lessons on how sound is created, magnets work, and frequency and vibration affect pitch.

Hatching Chicks in Room 6

Hatching Chicks in Room 6 Written by Caroline Arnold Published by Charlesbridge in 2017 Grades PreK – 3 Book Review   Who can resist the sweet yellow fuzziness of a tiny chick? Caroline Arnold’s photo essay lets readers share the experiences of a lucky Kindergarten class whose teacher has provided them with sixteen chicken eggs […]

Conversations in the Classroom | #OwnVoices: Three Takes

Get comfortable with being uncomfortable when discussing #OwnVoices books with kids, advises this school librarian.

Curiosity Machine: Science Tied to the Curriculum and the Maker Movement | SLJ Review

The 80-plus engineering challenges on the Curiosity Machine site are inspired by man-made and natural structures.

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Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case

Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case Written by Patricia Hruby Powell; Illustrated by Shadra Strickland Published by Chronicle Books, 2017 ISBN 978-1-4521-2590-9   Grades 7 and up   Book Review “Tell the Court I love my wife / and it is just unfair that I can’t live with her […]

Thriving During Leadership Change | Take the Lead

Change in your school administration may derail your library program—but only if you let it.

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