Nonfiction is an essential and motivational component of reading instruction
Books · 09-21-2017
Discover the countless treasures within the wonderful world of nonfiction.

Reading is relaxing
Books · 07-04-2017
Relax and learn at the same time. Recharge with the following 5 books that will enliven your teaching this fall.

Rethinking Stress to Help Young People Excel
Books · 02-28-2017
New research shows that changing our minds about stress can make us healthier and happier.

Newbery Medal Winner 2017:  The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
Books · 02-21-2017
Barnhill, Kelly. The Girl Who Drank the Moon. Algonquin, 2016. Winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal A witch lives in the forest, and the people of the Protectorate fear her. They have taken steps to never see her, with terrible consequences. But the witch in the forest is kind, as is her child, Luna, whose magic is more powerful than anything. Ages 10+

The Wonder of Snow on a Forever Stamp
Books · 01-08-2017
Ezra Jack Keats’ joyful picture book, The Snowy Day, will be honored on a set of postage stamps later this year. The U.S. Postal Service will showcase four stamps of “main character Peter exploring and playing in his neighborhood while wearing his iconic red snowsuit.” The Snowy Day remains one of the most beloved and influential children’s picture books. It is a Caldecott Award-winning classic that transports readers into a snowy world of wonder. Published during the 1960s civil-rights...

The Power of Picture Books
Books · 11-11-2016
Recently, I read an article about what books do for the human soul. The author explained how good literature makes us nicer because it allows us to consider someone else’s point of view. Good literature also allows us to consider our actions on others and provides us with examples of being kind and generous. Good picture books also enhance our lives. With their wide array of topics and vivid artistry, these books play a key role in fostering a child’s imagination, creativity, and interest...

How comic books support literacy
Books · 10-10-2016
Comic book fans at the National Book Festival, 2016

A Young Giver of Kindness
Books · 09-27-2016
A small act of kindness can brighten someone’s day. Simple gestures such as a smile or lending a helping hand can be transformative. There is also evidence that giving or receiving kindness is healthy for us. Treating others with kindness yields positive feelings, which can lift our moods and increase resilience and resourcefulness. These healthy benefits also apply to children. One book that exemplifies these positive feelings is the beautiful picture book, Sidewalk Flowers. In this wordless...

Beautiful Black-Eyed Susans in Maryland
Books · 07-24-2016
As a child, I never needed incentives to read. Reading made me happy and also helped me relax. I reread favorites until they were well worn. Recently, I parted with some childhood books that I had saved. Many were presents from family and friends, so the emotional task took a long time to complete. When they were all packed for the last time, I consoled myself by visiting the library. If you’re looking for ways to encourage children to read, I suggest that you read too. Visit the library,...

A Sick Day for Amos McGee:  A Book Character Who Makes an Impact on Others
Books · 05-25-2016
My friend Jerry reminds me of the book character Amos McGee. Like Amos, he is friendly, patient, and generous with his time. Even though he has a lot to do, he always makes time to visit. Erin Stead won the 2011 Caldecott Medal for A Sick Day for Amos McGee, which was written by her husband Philip Stead. The book, about a zookeeper who always has time for his animal friends, is lovely and charming – much like the illustrator. She won the medal at quite a young age – late twenties. In fact...

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