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Connect, Learn, Share! for Your PLN

Opportunities to change and grow come to each of us through our PLNs (Professional Learning Networks). At, our Social Media Team focuses on engaging with others invested in literacy conversations. Regular features include our newest resources, great tips for using them in your classrooms and libraries, and behind the scenes stories. Let’s connect, learn and share to […]

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Support Your Literacy Student Learning Objectives (SLOs)

*Webinar Of The Month *Usage Statistics *Literacy Implementation Plan Module (update coming soon) Do you need to submit student learning objectives for the 2015-16 school year?  Are your deadlines are fast approaching? can help you design a plan for meeting your professional development needs and providing resources to use directly with student instruction. Document your PD with certificates […]

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Read-y to bike?

Here at TeachingBooks I’m encouraging my colleagues to ride their bicycles to the office. Madison, Wisconsin is such a lovely city this time of year, why not enjoy it on bike? With that in mind, I’ve been exploring multimedia resources about books and authors related to this bicycling theme. Here are some resources for a […]

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2015 Collaborative Summer Library Program Booklists is thrilled to partner with the CSLP and Upstart to share online summer library programming materials! 5-minute Video overview for CSLP 2015: Quick Start Guide: Use thousands of book and author related resources from the following booklists to enrich your summer programming:   CSLP for Early Literacy: Summer Reading Program STEAM Enhancements for Early Literacy:     CSLP […]

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Graphic Novels in the Classroom

Slowly Spin the Wheels: Graphic Novels in the Classroom by Val Edwards  I have been browsing through Nimble: Thinking Creatively in the Digital Age (HOW Books 2015) by Robin Landa. I wish “being nimble” was an attribute more easily attainable in education, particularly in relation to adopting graphic novels for instructional use. Often teachers’ efforts to integrate graphic novels […]

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Give Me An “L” for Service

We are celebrating School Library Month and National Library Week! As we reflect on the amazing service of the librarians on staff, we also recognize the dedication of the librarians we encounter everyday in our work. Words do not adequately express our enthusiastic appreciation of your passion, energy and legendary efforts as you strive to guide and assist learners […]

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Voice Your Choice!

The Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards is open through May 3, 2015!   Kids and teens can vote to determine the winners in seven categories of finalists. Check out multimedia resources about each finalist, as well as ideas for celebrating Children’s Book Week, May 4 – May 10, 2015! The announcement of the winners will take place during Children’s Book Week.

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Marti Koller Wins 2015 Intellectual Freedom Award

Marti Koller, English Department Chair at the Baldwin-Woodville High School, is the winner of the 2015 Intellectual Freedom Award. The award is given jointly by the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) and the Wisconsin Educational Media and Technology Association (WEMTA). A long-time advocate of intellectual freedom, Koller has battled censorship and educated students about the principles […]

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Celebrating the Work of Walter Dean Myers

Last night’s NYC celebration of the mission and work of Walter Dean Myers, hosted by his son Christopher Myers, was a tribute to creativity and following one’s dreams. It was life abound. Known children’s book writers Avi, Jason Reynolds, Jacqueline Woodson, and Brian Selznick beautifully reflected on life. Wow! And readings, songs, and multifaceted performances […]

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2015 WRAD Blogging Challenge: Week 4

Week 4: March 2 – 8 Speak Your Story: Select a favorite read aloud book and make a video! Val Edwards, Educational Outreach & Training Specialist, reads from Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey (Viking Press 1948).

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