Snakes are tricky creatures, both to photograph and to handle. Their long thin bodies and surface-hugging habits don’t necessarily create the best photographic compositions, and their nervous natures don’t permit easy interaction, especially with those of us carrying cameras.
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This past summer I attended my first International Society for Technology in Education conference (ISTE), and was awestruck to be among 20,000 plus educators who share the exhilarating goal of advancing “excellence in learning and teaching through innovative and effective uses of technology.” Four promises of technology that permeated conference conversations—along with exemplar multimedia resources […]
I am deeply moved by the fact that we are nature, that we are stardust and I wanted my new book, You Are Stardust (Owlkids, 2012), to have a lyrical, celebratory, and poetic feel. Yet, finding that voice was difficult.
A customer in Virginia recently asked us to create original multimedia resources with author/illustrator Bob Boyle. In this original Meet-the-Author Book Reading you’ll hear Bob explaining his personal inspiration for writing Hugo and the Really, Really, Really Long String. These Book Readings are excellent to share with students before, during, or after they read Bob’s book as a […]
The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy recognize the importance of reading across all content areas, on all grade levels. In this month’s column we highlight the contributions of award-winning scientists—and science authors. Share these videos, audio recordings, book trailers, and other resources to invigorate classroom instruction and conversations while introducing […]
Last spring the children’s book community lost several beloved authors and illustrators, including the hugely talented Leo Dillon, Jean Craighead George, Ellen Levine, and Maurice Sendak. In honor of their memory and their many accomplishments, we offer video and audio recordings of these creative artists whose work enriched the lives of so many people. In […]
Public libraries play an important role in students’ lives during the summer months. They provide books and other media that entertain and educate. They present creative programs. And, of course, they offer (air conditioned) places to enjoy those resources and programs. In this month’s post, we highlight multimedia materials on a sampling of titles that […]
A new book or project always starts with an idea. My participation in I.C. Springman’s More (Houghton, 2012) actually began in 1995 with an idea I had for a story about a crow that collects too much stuff, builds multiple nests in a tree, and ultimately feels worn down by the sheer number of objects […]
The American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards, announced each January, are a high point on the book community’s calendar. For this month’s post, TeachingBooks.net contacted and recorded conversations with the award winners, asking them to share their inspirations and influences.
The reason there is so much history, especially African American history, in so many of the books I write is because I am African American, and it’s a part of me like my blood. – Jacqueline Woodson, author of 2006 Newbery Honor Book, Show Way Although teachers use books by African American authors and illustrators […]