In a PBS NewsHour interview, Jason Reynolds, the award winning young adult literature author, shares his ideas on how poetry can get more young people interested in reading. And I couldn’t agree with him more. This year, several publishers are launching new stories in verse. These are some of my favorites: The Undefeated. Kwame Alexander. … Continue reading Stories in Verse
On the car ride home from a doctor appointment, my son said “Mom, why didn’t you schedule the appointment with a woman doctor? Women doctors seem to know more." In honor of Women’s History Month, here are several books about women in science that will inspire the children in your life.
How do you explain death and dying to your young child? I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, my sons were 3 and 6 years old. I struggled finding an age appropriate book I could read to them. I decided to explain what was going to happen to me in my own way and it helped them stay positive throughout the journey. I self-published our family’s story to help others get through the awful battle of fighting cancer.
As humans, we are moved to make things, using our hands and our brains. The school library can provide an outlet for all students to fuel engagement, creativity, and curiosity at the same time. A Makerspace in a school library is powerful. Here are five factors to keep in mind when offering makerspace experiences to … Continue reading 5 Factors to keep in mind when offering Makerspace experiences in the Library
One thing your students know for sure is there are many personalities in middle school. “The Strange Case of Origami Yoda” by Tom Angleberger is a book filled with a cast of characters guaranteed your reading club members will identify with.
The holidays are a great time to go see a movie with family and friends. This season, there are several films that were books first. The classics How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss (: 9780375938474, Gr PS-3) and Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers (: 9781328498847, Gr 5-7) have been refreshed and will … Continue reading It was a Book before it was a Movie
Providing Windows, Mirrors, Sliding Glass Doors, and Beyond Building a diverse collection of fiction, nonfiction, novels in verse, graphic novels, and biographies can be an overwhelming task. The books need to appeal to a wide variety of students that turn over every few years. Knowing how to spend your budget can be quite daunting. Having … Continue reading Building a Diverse Book Collection