Characters’ Names

As the new school year begins, you and your students are probably learning a lot of new names. Using the TeachingBooks.net Author Name Pronunciation Guide, we invite you to learn the names of hundreds of authors and illustrators. In this…
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Nick’s Picks: An Author in Every Classroom

This post offers a sampling of TeachingBooks.net's recordings of favorite children's and young adult authors sharing insights about their work. In these brief audio excerpts students will hear authors express their enthusiasm for their subjects as they reveal how their passions have guided their research and writing.
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Guest Blogger: Lois Lowry

We're starting school. First day. My sister and me: we are eight and five; second grade and kindergarten.

I'm the younger sister. And the photograph, taken in 1942, is black and white. Amazingly, though, I remember the color of everything: our matching jackets (navy blue), my skirt (royal blue), Helen's dress (blue and red plaid), and our shoes, dark brown and freshly polished.

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Reflections on serving on the
2009 John Newbery Selection Committee
from TeachingBooks.net’s Nick Glass

I was elected to the 2009 John Newbery Award selection committee by the membership of the American Library Association (ALA) division that administers this award, ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children). This was quite an honor, and a real shock to me. You see, I’m not a librarian. I’m a book lover. I’m a professional in the world of children’s books. But I’m not a librarian – and I always thought that librarians and academics in the field were those who got to serve on these committees.
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Authors in Social Studies Classrooms

In this post, I encourage you to bring authors into your classroom to add a personal dimension to social studies lessons. Autobiographical accounts, for example, can offer first-person perspectives on events under discussion. And authors who research and write about historical and cultural topics often present their interpretations and sources while revealing their methods and processes.
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