July 29, 2016

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“What’s on Your Summer Reading List?” Authors Respond

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Curious to know what books are on your favorite authors’ coffee tables and bedside stands? Here’s your chance to take a peek. Our annual query yielded lists of eagerly anticipated new titles, guilty pleasures, and inspirational reads. Two authors were inspired to respond in verse.

Grab Them with Graphic Novels

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Featuring concise narratives, vivacious artwork, and page-turning comic book formats, these recently published graphic novels make compelling choices for encouraging and empowering young readers.

Growing Up Under the “Strain of Suspicion” | Marina Budhos’s “Watched”

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Marina Budhos’s new book explores the impact surveillance has on a Muslim teen, his family, and his community.

Armchair Adventures | Travel the World in Books

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Stock your library shelves with this collection of profusely illustrated titles that will take readers from legendary routes traversed years ago to cities and countries around the globe.

RA for “Early Able, Eager Readers” | Professional Shelf

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Providing readers advisory services to young, voracious readers can be a challenge, especially when reading ability far exceeds age or grade level. Here’s help.

Helping Children and Teens Succeed | Professional Shelf

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Two recently published books explore practices that have the potential to increase student success, while calling for significant changes in prevailing pedagogies.

Take Wing | Books About Birds for Budding Naturalists

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A selection of informational books and stories that will help children learn the basic characteristics of birds, differentiate between species, and appreciate the amazing diversity of the creatures that inhabit our world.

Teachers Write! is Back| Professional Shelf

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Itching to write, or improve your skills? Kate Messner’s annual free online summer writing program for teachers and librarians is open for registration.

Story Is King | How To Be a Great Storyteller

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There are many reasons to tell stories to children. To begin with, when children listen to and focus on a story told to them, they are developing listening, comprehension, and analytical skills.

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The Latest and Greatest (Free!) Summer Learning Resources

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Take a look at these program ideas, resources, and recommended reading—and add your own.

Parsing a Tale | A Storyteller Shares Tips On Learning “The Old Woman and Her Pig”

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Everyone has their own method of learning a story; Judy Freeman shares hers.

Spellbound: Ursula Vernon’s “Castle Hangnail”

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Looking for a great read-aloud? Consider Ursula Vernon’s enchanting Castle Hangnail, featuring a 12-year-old who fancies herself a wicked witch but knows almost no magic and only a handful of spells.

Coding: Resources To Get You Started

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So you want to teach a class on coding. Where do you start?! Here are some ideas.

You Gotta Have Heart: Out-of-the-Park Baseball Novels For Middle Grade Readers

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Unforgettable protagonists, narratives peppered with baseball action and atmosphere, and heart-stirring emotions make these recently released sports novels crackerjack reads.

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.

Advancing Reading and Writing | Professional Shelf

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Reflection and collaboration are key to developing sharpening teaching skills. Two recent publications, each fueled with a steady supply of practical classroom suggestions demonstrate how these processes advance writing and reading instruction.

“American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers” | Professional Shelf

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In American Girls, Nancy Jo Sales explores the impact of social-networking sites, dating apps, and Internet use on teenage sexuality, gender roles, and behavior—online and off.

“Jazz Day”: Roxane Orgill’s Harlem Snapshots

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In her most recent book, Roxane Orgill tells the story Art Kane’s iconic photograph, Harlem, 1958, through a series of poems.

Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2–6 | Authors and Illustrators Remember Their Mentors

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A timeless mix of reminiscences from authors and illustrators, first published in 2011.

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.