Author DAVID JAMES DUNCAN featured at Idaho Writers and Readers Rendezvous

A terrific line up of authors and publishing professionals are coming to this year’s Idaho Writers and Readers Rendezvous. One of the best is James David Duncan Duncan is a father, a renowned fly fisher, a practitioner of what he calls “direct, small-scale compassion-activism,” and the author of the novels The River Why and The…

Pell Checkers

Spelling Checkers. I have a spelling checker It came with my PC. It plane lee marks four my revue Miss steaks aye can knot see. Eye ran this poem threw it. Your sure real glad two no. Its very polished in its weigh, My checker tolled me sew. CLICK HERE FOR THE REST OF THE…

Brod Bagert: The Power of Poetry Like Never Before

Poet Brod Bagert is the author of over ten books of poetry for children, young adults, and adults. A former lawyer and New Orleans City Councilman, Bagert penned his first poem as a favor to his daughter, who needed a poem to recite in a school program. Bagert realized that few poems written in children’s…

Interview with Tim Federle, Author of Better Nate Than Ever

What is your birthdate?: 3/24 Previous occupations: Broadway actor, with rest-stops at the Super Bowl (as a Christina Aguilera backup dancer) and Radio City Music Hall (as a CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR polar bear). Favorite job: This one! Revealing Questions Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words? A. Honestly? Extremely dangerous. Oh, wait….

Integrating Technology in the Classroom

Stacey Roshan, an Advanced Placement calculus teacher at Bullis School—a private school for students grades three through 12 in Potomac, Md.—faced the problem of trying to keep her students engaged as she walked them through the difficult mathematics curriculum. During her previous three years at the school, Roshan notes, students were routinely stupefied by the…

How Classroom Libraries Work

Research shows that classroom libraries help students attain reading achievement. These key points from Scholastic’s Classroom Libraries Work: Research & Results provide concrete examples that will help you build an effective skill-building library for your students. Additional research support for the importance of classroom libraries can be found here. Children learning to read need access…

Poems Throughout the School Day

Crossposted on Yahoo! Introducing Poetry throughout the School Day For millennia – even before Homer started reciting The Iliad and The Odyssey – we humans have been telling one another poems. Even today, children and adolescents often spontaneously make up poems to tell one another, in jump-rope rhymes, insults and comebacks, riddles, and other verses. What…

SQUISH #4: Captain Disaster and other great middle grade books

SQUISH #4: Captain Disaster by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm When trouble calls, there is a single cell who has the courage to do what’s right….Squish! “Even the mildest young boy will see something of himself in Squish. Super Amoeba is an energetic, good-hearted escapade, one that young readers will enjoy.”—New York Times Book…

Another View of the Holocaust

Everyone knows about Anne Frank and her life hidden in the secret annex, but what about the boy who was also trapped there with her? On July 13, 1942, 15-year-old Peter van Pels and his parents entered the attic that became their home for two years. Peter is angry that he is hiding and not…

Dork Diaries 5: Tales from a Not-So-Smart Miss Know-It-All

Tales from a Not-So-Smart Miss Know-It-All I am the Book Bear and I approve of this message. My oldest daughter, an intermediate grade reader, and a lot of her friends love and relate to the protagonist of this book. Eighth-grader Nikki Maxwell is already more than a little cynical. “I’m definitely not the kind of…