Staff picks for March

We hope you enjoy our staff picks, which are our most recent favorite multimedia resources on TeachingBooks. Do you have a recent favorite resource or a resource you love to use again and again? Post a comment to let other educators know about your selection and how you use/d it in the classroom. The Cricket […]

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George Washington Carver:
Environmentalist, Artist, & Educator

I recently spoke with author Tonya Bolden to record her introducing and reading a passage from her book George Washington Carver.  Listen to this Book Reading with students as an introduction to George Washington Carver.  You will be sure to learn something you didn’t know about this important man. In this Book Reading, Bolden’s honeyed […]

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Putting some mystery back into history

A few weeks ago I spoke with author M.T. Anderson to create an original Book Reading and an Author Name Pronunciation.  While speaking with M.T., I realized something simple yet powerful—writers are inventors!  Authors are idea people, and because of this it is delightful to learn the stories behind their stories, to discover how their […]

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Guest Blogger: Kimberly Willis Holt

When I was a child I resented the stories I read about the ugly mean older sisters. Why did the youngest have to be the kind beautiful one? And why did the eldest always seem to possess the worst flaws? I remember thinking, if I were a writer, I’d never bow down to that storytelling […]

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Tell me about your picture …

Grappling with the value of drawing when it’s the writing I want him to get to… I occasionally volunteer at a local school where I work with a 7-year-old who loves to draw. If there are markers and paper in view, he’ll invariably draw many pictures in a matter of minutes, turning a new page […]

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Digging deeper

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is one of my favorite holidays.  I get to celebrate a human being who facilitated some amazing social movement in his lifetime. Thankfully, those of us who work with young people can use the award-winning book Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (written by Doreen […]

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Writing crazy sentences

I recently spoke with Ingrid Law to record her reading from her fantastically creative book, Savvy.  When recording a Book Reading, I ask authors to share a little extra special information about how they came to write the book — the inspiration behind the story. In a quiet and gentle voice, Ingrid Law shared with […]

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Caldecott star

In anticipation of the American Library Association’s announcements later this month, we invite you to bring Caldecott-winning illustrator, David Wiesner, into your classroom.  Here are some ideas: 1) Most importantly, learn how to say “Wiesner” correctly. 2) Enjoy (and share) this Original Author Program that we made with David. 3) Explore all of the online […]

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Colorful folktales

When I was a kid, my dad was involved in a project to help retain and transmit Anansi the Spider stories of Liberia, where my parents had served in the Peace Corps.  I remember him having a pile of type-written pages with a single, drawn spider at the top. With today’s technology, we can now […]

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Paying homage

When we learned earlier this fall that Louisiana author Coleen Salley had suddenly passed away, we were humbly privileged to realize what a gift she’d given when she called our author name pronunciation line.  Listening to Coleen Salley’s Author Name Pronunciation gives one a distinct sense of her story-telling capabilities and the ease with which […]

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