This past spring an award worthy of your attention was announced: Mathical Books for Kids from Tots to Teens. The prize, which honors exceptional books, evolved from an alliance between Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), and the Children’s Book Council (CBC).
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Looking for a good chapter book read aloud for the first days of school? We surveyed our readers and reviewers about the titles they have been recommending lately. Here are their responses.
Whether realistically told or delightfully over the top, these back-to-school stories remind kids that first-day butterflies are perfectly normal and demonstrate that though problems may be encountered, they can also be surmounted.
Torben Kuhlmann’s picture book, Lindbergh, the Tale of a Flying Mouse was published last year to glowing reviews. The recent release of the iBook version, with visual and audio enhancements, offers more to praise.
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.
In “Jump Back, Paul,” Sally Derby introduces a new generation of readers to the life, times, and work of this extraordinary talent.
Published to coincide with the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, several new titles revisit this moment in history with clarity, compassion, and an appreciation for the resiliency demonstrated by those impacted.
During high school many teens try on a variety of personas before figuring out who they are—exactly. In these recent young adult titles the stakes are raised for the purposes of deception, profit—and human connection.
Children’s and YA author Kate Messner’s “Teachers Write,” a free online writing workshop for teachers and librarians, will begin on July 6th. Are you ready?
Phillip Hoose’s book about a group of Danish teens who took on the Nazis when the rest of the country was too afraid shines a light on a little-known but awe-inspiring tale of courage.
As a new baseball season begins, the hopes of fans everywhere are flying high. This season’s promising line-up of middle-grade sports fiction is sure to please.
Encourage kids to dive into this selection of informational and fictional picture books to learn more about the largest animals on the planet.
It’s easy to recognize the educational bliss of a classroom that hums with joyful learning. Here are two books that have the potential of transforming classroom stresses and improve learning outcomes along the way.
Use these fun-to-share offerings that utilize a variety of formats, illustrative styles, and narrative focuses to support a unit on birds, facilitate comparisons between different informational texts, and encourage imaginations to soar.
Erin Gruwell, a teacher determined to make a difference, and her students became the subject of the 2007 Hollywood movie Freedom Writers. On May 5, Gruwell and some of those same students will visit with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Together they will view a new documentary about the Freedom Writers’ extraordinary journey.
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.
Serve these titles up as part of units on life science, health and nutrition, community workers, ecology, and the conservation of natural resources.