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June 24

Top 10 Yoga Picture Books for Kids by Kate Olson

  Breathe in………breathe out…….now STREEETTTCCCHHH your arms up to the sky. Bring them in front of your chest and….Namaste.   Just typing these words relaxes me and quiets my mind. I found yoga for the first time while training for the Chicago Marathon in 2003, and used it then as a forced flexibility practice on […]

January 15

Get Those Kids Out of the Room:  Books to Get Your Students Outside and Immersed in Nature by Sarah Gross

The onslaught of testing required by the No Child Left Behind Act has resulted in schools pressuring teachers to prepare students for tests, and time spent outdoors has suffered as a result. Nature-deficit disorder is a term used to describe the loss that children and teens experience when they are not given opportunities to have […]

December 22

Ten Books To Introduce Kids (of any age! Adults, too!) to Shakespeare by Andi Diehn

When I was about 12 years old, I decided to read A Midsummer Night’s Dream. My mom was impressed. We went to the library and picked it up, along with Hamlet, just because, and I carried them home with a reverence usually reserved for books by Madeleine L’Engle and Noel Streatfield, my usual favorites that […]

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? […]

February 13

Ten Books for Teaching Kids the Importance of “Taking Care of Others” by Laura Weakland

Every Thursday, teachers across our building read aloud a picture book to their students with themes of “taking care of ourselves, each other, and our world.” As an educator and parent, I am strongly committed to the idea of teaching the “whole child.” This means not only educating them in how to think and learn, […]

January 29

Laughter In the Library: Reading and Sharing Books That Make Kids Smile by Larnette Snow

As school librarians we have two principal missions: to teach children to be lifelong learners and to teach them to appreciate books and reading. Because these are such serious tasks, I like to incorporate humor into my lesson plans whenever, and as often as possible. That’s why I love books that do double duty by giving students […]

September 14

Bridging the Gap: How a Bookworm Learned to Teach Kids Who “Hate Reading” by Wendy Falconer Gassaway

Reading has always been my number one favorite thing to do.  This makes me, frankly, a little weird to many of my students.  However, it turns out that my passion for reading, rather than separating me from my students, is my greatest tool for reaching out to them.   Growing up, I was a read […]

April 25

Ten Princess Books For Kids Who Could Use a Break from Disney Princesses (Whether They Realize it or Not) by Elizabeth Dillow

The magical reach of the Disney princess extends far and wide: sleeping bags, clocks, toothpaste, Campbell’s soup, tennis shoes… but nowhere more than the bookshelf. It’s possible to browse over 100 pages of princess books on Amazon.com—even Belle’s palace library would be hard-pressed to hold them all.   Despite the many voices warning of princess-induced […]

Top Ten Things I’ve Learned From Kids About Writing a Book by Augusta Scattergood

One of the best things about discovering a second career as an author after many years as a librarian? Having the great good fortune to be in classrooms again. How many times during the years I spent writing and trying to get my first book published did I wish for wisdom from the mouths of […]

October 09

Difficult Books, Magical Librarians, and the Kids Who Need by Nikki Loftin

When I was a little girl, I was weird. For one thing, one of my best friends was a tree, a sycamore that grew in my backyard. It had broad green leaves the color of caterpillars, bark that peeled from its trunk in pieces big as dinner plates, and seedpods wrapped in velvet fur. It was […]