A captivating visit with Suzanne Fisher Staples

Can you remember the first book that really captivated you? A book that brought you on a journey to a brand new place?  A book that you just couldn’t wait to pick up again for the pleasure of being totally immersed, completely absorbed, in the story? For me, that book was Suzanne Fisher Staples’, Shabanu: […]

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Familial inspiration

As Father’s Day approaches, I love to think about all the fathers in the world who have had a positive influence on the children in their lives.  In particular, I’m cognizant of several authors/illustrators with adult offspring who are now in the book-making business. Take, for example, Walter Dean Myers.  Walter is well-known for writing […]

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Guest Blogger: Linda Sue Park

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 […]

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Steptoe father and son

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 […]

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What we wish for …

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 […]

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Nick’s Picks: Online book-based activities for families

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, […]

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Guest Blogger: Ingrid Law

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.

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Nick’s Picks: Series fiction

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 […]

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