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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Guest Blogger: Julius Lester

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 […]

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April 15th, 1912:
The day the Titanic sank

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 […]

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Colorful is beautiful

The first book by Ashley Bryan that I can remember picking up is Sing to the Sun: Poems and Pictures (HarperCollins, 1992). I was immediately attracted to the bold, colorful artwork. The positive images with their playfulness — and lots of yellow — stay with me to this day. In this Original Author Program movie […]

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