Monthly Archives: January 2014

Writing About the Holocaust by Rabbi Rafael Grossman

International Holocaust Remembrance Day is observed on January 27, 2014. I was in the fifth grade when the Second World War ended. My family had moved to a small town in New Jersey, but during the week, I lived at a yeshiva in Brooklyn. One day the school principal came into our class to tell […]

Top 10 Things Picture Books Taught Me by Beth Shaum

What “counts” as reading? Well it turns out that lots of people have an opinion on that question, or more accurately, what doesn’t count as reading. Here’s what I’ve been told doesn’t count as reading, either explicitly or implicitly: Picture books Audiobooks Graphic novels YA lit Choice reading in class Anything other than the canon […]

Titles That Have Legs by Katherine Sokolowski and Donalyn Miller

Curating classroom libraries demands that we offer students books that stretch their imaginations and thinking, broaden their reading experiences, and engage them with reading. While we continually add new titles to our fifth grade classroom libraries, there’s a core list of books that we replace every school year because the books become so worn our […]

Look to the North! My Ten Favourite Canadian Illustrators and Their Books by Carrie Gelson

To say that I love picture books would be a serious understatement. I can fall in love with a book simply because of one image on one page. One of my favourite books of 2013 was The Man with the Violin written by Kathy Stinson and illustrated by Dušan Petričić. Find that book and open […]

Multicultural Children’s Book Day is Coming Jan 27th! – by Mia Wenjen

Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book and I , Mia at PragmaticMom, would like to invite you all to join us in a celebration of Multicultural Children’s Books on January 27th, 2014. I just read a research brief from the Center for Media Research that says the newest generation is to be called Plurals: […]

That Gasp of Recognition by Anna Staniszewski

The first time I ever did a school visit, I was beyond nervous. My debut novel had just been published, and I wasn’t sure if I had anything to say that would be interesting to young readers. As I was preparing for my visit, someone told me that students love seeing pictures of authors as […]

Roomies by Sara Zarr & Tara Altebrando – Review by Sarah Andersen

Title: Roomies Authors: Sara Zarr & Tara Altebrando Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Release Date: December 24th, 2013 Interest: Author / Contemp Source: ARC received from the publisher Summary (From Goodreads): It’s time to meet your new roomie. When East Coast native Elizabeth receives her freshman-year roommate assignment, she shoots off an e-mail […]

January 14

The Story Behind This Illustration: Art Inspiring Art by James Preller

When I first saw this illustration, I thought to myself, “Yes! That’s exactly what I hoped for — but better.” For years, on school visits, I heard the same request from students — always boys. “Write a story about a kid who gets sucked into the television while playing video games.” I’d always reply, “Yeah, […]

I Missed the Reading Boat by Mandy Robek

Miss the boat is an idiom with two meanings.  It means to miss out and to have made an error.  I’ve done both in my reading life.  I did not read the Harry Potter series!  I don’t like to read fantasy.  I had three girls under the age of seven when the series started. Life […]

Doctor WHO? by Karen Harris

Christmas is over, the presents are unwrapped and our gift from the BBC, The Doctor Who Christmas Special has come and gone.  As my girls and fellow Whovians, we felt the loss of The Doctor, played by Matt Smith, and now we are anxiously awaiting the arrival of The Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi. Wait… […]