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 book down to the English Language Learners who build on the successful completion of one volume to move confidently on to the next.
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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 asked that question about any of my books for adults.
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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…
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Feed our minds during Teen Tech Week

Teen Tech Week (March 8-14, 2009) is a great time to explore with young people the variety of roles that technology plays in society. Thought-provoking books that incorporate technology, such as Feed written by M.T. Anderson (Candlewick Press, 2002), provide…
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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…
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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…
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