I recently attended BookExpo America (BEA) in New York City. I feel very fortunate that I get to attend conferences like BEA, for a couple of reasons. First, because I think of myself as a reader, even more than a writer. I love to read, and the authors whose books I love are among my […]
This spring we’ve been busily preparing to help celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Coretta Scott King (CSK) Book Awards. First celebrated in 1970, 246 recognitions have been bestowed since the award’s inception. In the early years, only authors were recognized. By 1974, the first illustrator received an award. Then in 1994, the CSK Book […]
In this month’s post, I’ve selected a sampling of TeachingBooks.net materials on high-interest titles with low reading levels that students will find enjoyable and accessible. These multimedia resources will enliven book discussions as they honor students’ interests.
TeachingBooks.net recently created three new Book Readings with Newbery Award-winning author, Richard Peck. One of the special things about the Original Book Readings we make in-house at TeachingBooks, is that they actually contain more than just book excerpts being read aloud. TeachingBooks.net’s Original Book Readings feature the authors themselves speaking about the backstory and inspiration […]
In this post, I offer a selection of online book-based activities that can be shared at home to further encourage family participation with literature and reading. Web sites offer a wealth of material that can stimulate discussions about books. Video and audio interviews with authors, for example, provide fresh insights about their work. Novel units, […]
One of the wonderful things about stories is their ability to allow us to explore and make believe. Whether as a reader or a writer, stories give us the chance to try on different hats. To see things from a new or different perspective. Or to share a bit of our own perspective with others.
April 30th of every year allows us the opportunity to celebrate El Día de los niños/El Día de los libros, Children’s Day/Book Day. Founded by author and literacy advocate Pat Mora, the goal of Día (as it’s often called) is to encourage bilingual literacy among all children. Additionally, Pat Mora sees this day as a […]
In this post, I invite you to introduce a multimedia dimension to your students’ series reading. Children love series fiction. They enjoy the familiarity of the storylines, become comfortable with the formulas, and delight in the characters’ idiosyncrasies. Educators appreciate that these titles are accessible to all children—from the voracious readers who never put a […]
One of the burdens carried by children’s literature is the expectation that it is supposed to be didactic, that it is supposed to teach a lesson. “What lesson do you want children to take away from your book?” is a question I get all the time about my children’s books. Yet, I have never been […]
I happen to share my day of birth with a very tragic shipwreck. During the early hours on April 15th, 1912 the RMS Titanic sank into icy waters. I recently spoke with Don Brown, author of the nonfiction book All Stations! Distress!: April 15th, 1912: The Day the Titanic Sank (Roaring Brook Press, 2008). I […]