A Violent Time in the Fight for Civil Rights

“For readers new to the subject, the biographies will be a vivid, informative introduction, but even those who have some familiarity with the landmark events will learn much more here. . . . A penetrating look at elemental national history.” –Booklist How were you taught the Civil Rights movement? Teachers, how do you teach it?…

Teaching English Language Learners: Across the Content Areas

English language learners (ELLs) often face the difficult challenge of learning both a new language and new subject matter at the same time. In Teaching English Language Learners Across the Content Areas, Judie Haynes and Debbie Zacarian offer strategies, tools, and tips that teachers can use to help ELLs at all levels flourish in mainstream…

A rollicking fun ready-for-baby story

From the author/illustrator of Too Many Carrots comes a rollicking ready-for-baby story—complete with chickens, pigs, and a very angry bull! Chick is getting a new baby brother . . . and he does NOT understand what all the fuss is about. What is so exciting about an egg that just sits there? Well, it turns out this…

VIDEO: Learn to Publish for Kids with “Writing for Children, Season One”

Using colorful graphics, clear explanations and examples, and plenty of humor, the mysteries of writing unfold in Writing for Children. From brainstorming to proofreading, viewers will discover how good writing makes words work! Grades K-4. Click here to watch the video. Here are some further ideas. Writing for children means thinking about your own past,…

Lucky Girl: A Thought-provoking Look at the Good-girl/Bad-girl Dichotomy

Lucky Girl is an unflinching exploration of beauty, self-worth, and sexual assault. Rosie is a beautiful girl—and it’s always been enough. Boys crush on her, men stare at her, girls (begrudgingly) admire her. She’s lucky and she knows it. But it’s the start of a new school year and she begins to realize that she wants…

Strategies for Teaching Reading

How can you prepare every student for reading success?Reading strategies are explicit, planned actions that help translate the printed word into sounds and meaning. Reading skills benefit every kind of student, but they are essential for emerging readers, struggling readers, English Language Learners, and students with learning challenges, according to Reading Horizons. Here are some of…

The Music of Life: Bartolomeo Cristofori & the Invention of the Piano

In The Music of Life: Bartolomeo Cristofori & the Invention of the Piano,  award-winning biographer Elizabeth Rusch and two-time Caldecott Honor–recipient Marjorie Priceman team up to tell the inspiring story of the invention of the world’s most popular instrument. Bartolomeo Cristofori coaxes just the right sounds from the musical instruments he makes. Some of his keyboards…

Fizzopolis #3: Snoodles! bubbles over with belly burps-and belly laughs

“Carman’s wacky words and Sheesley’s loony artwork go together like soda pop and belches!” (Jim Benton, New York Times bestselling author of the Franny K. Stein and Dear Dumb Diary series) Bestselling author Patrick Carman and Emmy Award-winning illustrator Brian Sheesley will have fans of Big Nate and Timmy Failure bubbling over with laughter in…

The Best Illustrated Childrens Books

I have always loved picture books. Part of me realizes that I always will. Throughout the ages, children have been introduced to reading by means of texts bearing pictures as well as words, but it is only in recent years that critical distinctions have been drawn between books where the function of such pictures is…

Understanding Literature and the Child Reader

Anyone who writes down to children is simply wasting his time. You have to write up, not down. . . . Some writers for children deliberately avoid using words they think a child doesn’t know. This emasculates the prose and . . . bores the reader. . . . Children love words that give them…