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February 11, 2016

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Is the Common Core Just a Scam to Sell Books? | Consider the Source

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“What, are you crazy? It’s all about the money.” According to a video secretly recorded by a group called Project Veritas, these are the exact words of a (since-fired) executive at a major publishing company. Is the Common Core all about the money? Marc Aronson responds.

The Shadow Knows | Fact and Fiction About the Groundhog’s Claim to Fame

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While there’s much written about the groundhog and Groundhog Day, it’s not always clear how much of it is based on fact—which is why a look into the habits and behaviors of this rodent offers a great opportunity for classroom research.

Inside and Outside the Human Body: A Closer Look

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Employing a variety of narrative approaches and illustrative styles, these up-to-date, lively presentations impart basic information about human biology.

Can Five-Year-Olds Really Meet Common Core State Standards?

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As kindergarten teachers grapple with that question, librarians become “important resource” and find new opportunities for teaching the youngest students.

Marilyn Nelson’s “My Seneca Village” | A Lesson Plan and Discussion Guide

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In a series of stunning poems, Newbery and Coretta Scott King awards honoree Marilyn Nelson introduces readers to My Seneca Village, a multiethnic 19th-century community that thrived on the edge of what today is New York City’s Central Park

Ordinary Kids, Extraordinary Circumstances: World War II Fiction for Middle Grade Readers

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Set against a backdrop of dramatic world events, three engrossing and vividly written novels provide glimpses at history from the relatable perspectives of their young narrators.

Exploring America’s Past: Historical Fiction for Middle Grade Readers

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Three new superbly written books feature unique protagonists with compelling points of view and provide insight into the experiences of others, while underscoring the extraordinary courage of otherwise ordinary kids

A Voting Rights Bookshelf

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August 6th marks the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights act and the promise and application of these rights continue to headline the news today. Share this book list with your students for background on this historic legislation.

Whale Watching|Those Magnificent—and Vulnerable—Leviathans

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Encourage kids to dive into this selection of informational and fictional picture books to learn more about the largest animals on the planet.

Talkin’ Trash | Spotlight on the Environment

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In schools across the country, we remind children and teens to “reduce, reuse, recycle,” but how these acts impact a community isn’t always visible. The consequences of avoiding that responsibility are, however.

Farm to Table: The Food We Eat, the World We Live In

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Serve these titles up as part of units on life science, health and nutrition, community workers, ecology, and the conservation of natural resources.

Beboppin’ with “Bird & Diz”

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With bursts of rhythm and flashes of color, Gary Golio and Ed Young’s stunning new picture book “Bird & Diz” captures the spirit and genius of bebop artists Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie and their classic rendition of “Salt Peanuts.”

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Water: Earth’s Most Precious Resource

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Recently, factors such as drought, climate change, and increased demand have raised concerns about the availability of and access to safe drinking water across the globe. Prepare for World Water Day on March 22 with titles that incorporate science, geography and history, and environmental and social issues.

Timing Is Everything | Consider the Source

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Everyone who knows me knows I’m in the cheering section for the Common Core English Language Arts State Standards. But as an advocate for the standards, I have a concern and a question about the assessments.

Project ReimaginED: Online Coffee Klatch for Educators

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Educators encourage their students to head online for digital resources that enhance their classroom learning. Now it’s time for them to do the same.

In the Line of Fire: Perspectives on War

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Although they focus on different historical events, represent various viewpoints, and employ an assortment of formats, three new titles offer riveting perspectives of war and its devastating effects.

A Trio of Trailblazing Performers

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Three new picture books about three African American women born in the early 20th century resound with compelling storytelling, expressive artwork, and a sonorous message about overcoming obstacles and following one’s dreams.

When Racing to the Top Slows Us Down | On Common Core

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In many states where the CCSS have been adopted and RttT funds accepted, educators are feeling beleagured.

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

The Stuff of Stars | New Picture Book Biographies

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New picture book bios by Barb Rosenstock, G. Neri, Jen Bryant, and others, lead this fall’s star studded lists.

Support for Struggling Learners | Professional Shelf

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With solid advice and practical examples, two recent professional titles advocate student-centered approaches that support struggling learners as they gain confidence and increase proficiency.