Talk About It: Three Important Steps in Creating Interesting Book Talks

Having students engaged and motivated in reading is one of our goals as educators. Therefore, it is important to develop a positive and supportive reading culture throughout your school. In addition to the librarian being excited about reading, it is essential to have the commitment of the principal and staff to be part of creating … Continue reading Talk About It: Three Important Steps in Creating Interesting Book Talks

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Stories in Verse

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

Building a Diverse Book Collection

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