marvelous cornelius May 28

10 Books that Inspire Kids to Take Action and Change Their World by Marcie Flinchum Atkins

I’m a librarian in a Primary Years Programme (IB) elementary school that is also a Title 1 school. All students participate in our PYP programme and one of the big take-aways for kids is how to take action. Once you see an issue or a problem in your world, how do you make a difference? […]

Sketch113194837 May 27

Intrinsic Gimmicks by Brett Vogelsinger

I’ll be honest: as a kid, pizza had a strange power over my mind. So when my elementary school participated in a reading incentive program that earned me little star stickers on a badge and those badges led to pizza, let me tell you, I could read like the wind, blasting through books in a […]

LILY AND DUNKIN FINAL COVER May 26

MIRRORS, WINDOWS AND . . . PENGUINS by Donna Gephart

Here’s what I didn’t have when I was growing up in our tiny row house in Philadelphia:  a dad who lived with us (my parents divorced when I was really young), enough money to buy even reduced price lunch tickets at school (they cost a whopping $.40 a day, so my sister and I received […]

Sketch11319220 May 25

“Find Me More Like This One” by Cathy Dohn

Quite often, I have parents talk to me about how they can’t get their son or daughter to read, how its become a fight to get them to read at home.  They understand the importance of having their child read, but are unsure how to get them to read.  I always did my best to […]

ae3a52_8db377e588b946dea0e90f70eaa13537 May 24

TRUE MEN by Karen Harrington

I was on a panel recently with author P. J. Hoover and she said something about the writing process that made me want to shout, oh, yes, me, too! She said that when a writer is in the midst of drafting a new story, everything that happens in their life in those writing months is […]

Sketch113194837 May 23

Serious Series Business by Micki Uppena

I will never forget the first series that I fell in love with. The Boxcar Children, Trixie Belden, and Little House on the Prairie helped me develop deep love for character development. I loved the predictability, the family, and the comfort of knowing where the character’s journeys would lead. As I entered middle school I […]

Sleepover cover image May 22

How “Girl Books” Could Save the World (Or At Least Help Out!) by Jen Malone

I doubt it will surprise any Nerds that a recent study offered definitive proof that readers of fiction tend to score higher on tests measuring empathy and interpersonal sensitivity, and are better equipped to interpret emotional cues. In short, fiction readers are superior at “human-ing.”   These findings make so much sense to me, because […]

baby 2 May 21

Ten Books For the Earliest Readers by Annie McMahon Whitlock

When I was pregnant with my daughter Maggie, guests to my baby showers brought books as gifts. It was great to build her first book collection and to see what everyone else thought was necessary reading for the young children. There were so many great books that I looked forward to reading her stories from […]

On the back of his plate, a fifth grade student reflects on the big ideas he has developed after filling the front of his plate. May 20

Buffets and Books: What Fills Me Up as a Reader? by Dana Kramaroff

Years ago when I set out to understand myself and my students better as readers, I had to think of my own reading life first. I must have had food on the brain, because I started making the connection of how choosing what I might read next is similar to when people visit a buffet. […]

tiny stitches May 19

The Magical Realm of Libraries by Gwendolyn Hooks

Libraries have always been one of my favorite places to visit. They are magical, and librarians are magicians.   My father was career Air Force and like most military families we moved—a lot. From Georgia to Italy and back to Georgia, then Texas on to Washington, back to Georgia again and finally at rest in […]