The sound of poetry

A few weeks ago I spoke with the author and poet, Naomi Shihab Nye, to record her introducing and reading from some of her poems and her novel Habibi.  It was fascinating and exciting to hear Naomi read her poems and share the sources of inspiration for her poetry.  I think I enjoyed it so […]

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Playing in the garden

I love it when customers ask questions.  Sometimes it’s about the content of (i.e., resources within) the database.  Other times, it’s about how to find the content. Alyssa, one of our Educational Outreach Coordinators, came back from a conference the other day sharing the observation of a user: when doing a SUBJECT search for “GARDEN”, […]

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And you thought Chrysanthemum was hard!

If you’ve ever read Kevin Henkes’ book Chrysanthemum, then you know about the importance of names. The power and pride that comes with names is part of what motivated TeachingBooks to create a collection of brief recordings of author and illustrators saying their names.  We call it the Author Name Pronunciation Guide. Author/illustrator Kevin Henkes […]

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See the real Keeping Quilt…

When I was in elementary school, my mom (a K-12 art teacher) came home from a conference with new picture books for my sister and me.  At the conference my mom met Patricia Polacco and received signed copies of The Keeping Quilt and Rechenka’s Eggs.  My sister and I loved these books for their stories […]

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Celebrate all year round

Chief Joseph Medicine Crow, aka High Bird, is an amazing man.  His book, Counting Coup: Becoming a Crow Chief on the Reservation and Beyond, shares the stories of his life traversing two cultures: that of his traditional Crow grandparents, and that of the White society he experienced growing up on the reservation and serving in […]

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How are we doing?

How’s our blogging?  We would love to hear from you with feedback on how we can best tailor this blog space to meet your needs and interests. Is there a question you have that we can answer in a blog post? Is there a particular author or book you’re studying that you would like to […]

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Meet the spider and the fly for Halloween

The TeachingBooks Author of the Week this week is Tony DiTerlizzi. With Halloween approaching, I thought it might be fun to learn more about the inspiration, paper dolls, and thought process behind his Caldecott honor book, The Spider and the Fly. The links for Further Information are also fun: his website is a hoot, the […]

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Meet Christopher Paolini

Christopher Paolini, the author of Eragon and Brisingr, is only a few clicks of your mouse away… so, turn on your speakers or get your headphones ready. Listen to the readings we recently created with Christopher to hear the story of how he graduated from high school and started writing Eragon at only 15 years […]

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Purposeful pigs!

This week’s Author of the Week is the amazing illustrator Arthur Geisert. He creates his complex illustrations with copper plate etching.  Thus, the prints come out as mirror images of the etchings. Fun things to look for include: 1) His dry wit: Watch the movie and listen to him talk about his book which can […]

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Creating an online reading with Sarah Dessen

Yesterday I had the pleasure of speaking to Sarah Dessen to record her introducing and reading from her newest novel,Lock and Key.  This original book reading is now live on TeachingBooks.net for you to enjoy. If you listen you’ll be able to hear Sarah describe the book and her inspiration for writing it.  Sarah’s story […]

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