August 28, 2016

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Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems

Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete PoemsWritten by Bob RaczkaPublished by Roaring Brook Press, 2016ISBN 978-1-62672-236-1Grades 2 and upBook ReviewIn Wet Cement, author Bob Raczka begins with a credo: “I like to think of poems as word paintings.” Inde…

Bill Thomson’s “The Typewriter” | A Lesson Plan

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In his most recent book, The Typewriter, Bill Thomson delivers another visual adventure celebrating the power of the imagination. Here are some suggestions for using it in the classroom.

Mobile Maker Spaces

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Librarians in a Knoxville, TN school district got a grant to build four maker space carts that rotate among schools. Find out what they bought and why.

Strategize: Great Ideas for Library Writing Programs

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Limericks, rap, and sports journals are just a few ways to get students playing with words.

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Courting Controversy? | Scales on Censorship

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Assigning a recently challenged book; teachers’ political views; classroom book selection policies.

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Echo Echo: Reverso Poems about Greek Myths.

Echo Echo: Reverso Poems About Greek Myths

Written by Marilyn Singer and Illustrated by Josee Masse

Published by Dial in 2016 

ISBN 978-0-8037-3992-5

Grades 3-8

Book Review

Turning her attention to Greek mythology, Marilyn Singer, a
rece…

Pictures of the Week | A Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for a State-of-the-Art School and Library

Beacon High School Library, NYC. Photo courtesy of John Ciardullo, P.C.

A new stunning, cutting-edge facility and library opens for a public high school in New York City.

Raymie Nightingale

Raymie Nightingale
Written by Kate DiCamillo

Published by Candlewick Press, 2016
ISBN 978-0-7636-8117-3

Grades 4-8

Book Review 
"The world went on. People left and people died and people went to memorial services and put orange blocks of cheese into their purses. People confessed to you that they were hungry all the time. And then you got up in the morning and pretended that none of it had

Earth Day | It’s a Green Thing

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Looking for resources to educate students about critical environmental issues? Start with a K–12 Toolkit provided by the Earth Day Network, and some recently published books on the topic.

The Collage Art of Micha Archer

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Micha Archer, author and illustrator of Daniel Finds a Poem, shares her collage techniques with readers.

The Premier Children’s Nonfiction Forum Returns

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The 21st Century Children’s Nonfiction Conference is back—and boasting three days packed with workshops, panels, and presentations by a prestigious group of industry professionals. Register now for the June event.

Otters, Emus, and Sharks, Oh My! | Informational Picture Books To Share

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Ignite interest in the natural world with a look at some of the planet’s most fascinating and diverse inhabitants in offerings packed with kid appeal.

Happy Poetry Month!

We enjoy poetry in the classroom all year long, but April is a special month to recognize the power that poetry has to move us, to entertain us, and to help us see the world in new ways. In today’s entry, we highlight some poetry books recently feature…

Of Coding and Compassion

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Tips from an expert on how to instruct kids effectively and with an open mind.

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Never Too Young To Code

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Tot-oriented robots and resources give coding lessons a friendly face.

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Smithsonian Learning Lab, Open for Business and Seeking Feedback

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A new, highly visual platform for exploring the riches of the Smithsonian will launch in June 2016. But users are encouraged to explore the Smithsonian Learning Lab now, and librarians, given their curatorial skills, are especially welcome.

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Will’s Words: How William Shakespeare Changed the Way You Talk
Written by Jane Sutcliffe; Illustrated by John Shelley
Published by Charlesbridge, 2016
ISBN # 978-1-58089-638-2

Grades 3 and up

Book Review

“The more people said all those words…

The Best Early-Learning Blogs | First Steps

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Blogs about flannelboards, rhymes, and creative play are among Lisa Kropp’s top picks.

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Steampunk, SLIME, and Game Design: Lead the Change Fast-Learning Sessions

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Three rapid-fire presentations on steampunk making, organizing a regional maker expo, and digital game design wrapped up our Lead the Change Maker Workshop.

The Buddy System: Everyone Gains When Kids Read Together

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Reading buddy and paired reading initiatives are on the rise. Here’s what these programs look like today—and tips for creating your own.

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