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.
Two new handbooks remind teachers and librarians that poetry needn’t be relegated to a single unit or a particular time of year.
Following the enormous success of Suzanne Collins’s “Hunger Games” trilogy, action-packed novels with powerful female protagonists have become a mainstay of young adult lit.
Most elementary-aged children have already met Goldilocks and Little Red Riding Hood in their literary travels—try introducing them to some modern retellings that mingle familiar elements with fresh and imagination-stretching innovations.
Where else would Ötzi the Iceman, Ibn Battuta, Hildegard of Bingen, Bruce Lee, and Malala Yousafzai sit side by side but in a collective biography? These recently released books featuring fascinating figures and graphic art are guaranteed to appeal to teens.
Environmental awareness, and problem solving, begins with foundational knowledge about Earth’s biomes, including freshwater and saltwater ecosystems such as estuaries, oceans, lakes, rivers, ponds, and coral reefs. This list offers a cluster of recent resources for elementary collections that underscore the idea that kids can be citizen scientists, too.
Three recent titles examine the roots of myths and misinformation and encourage teens to think critically.