October 22, 2016

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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


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


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


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


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


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”


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


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


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


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

Earth Day | It’s a Green Thing


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.

Painting Pictures with Words | Books for National Poetry Month


These recently published poetry offerings will captivate students with their enchanting blend of eloquent words and eye-grabbing images.

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.

Magic in Our World | Spring 2016 Middle Grade Fantasy

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Exploring topics from grief to bullying in settings both contemporary and historical, a trio of 2016 titles mine real-world emotions and situations—and top them off with dashes of magic, horror, and talking skunks.

Kate DiCamillo on Truth, Twirling, and “Raymie Nightingale” | Interview


Honest, affecting, and peopled with characters that readers won’t soon forget, Kate DiCamillo’s Raymie Nightingale is a book for every child.