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August 22

Inside Out: Getting Kids Excited About Books by Shannon L. Brown

As the author of a middle grade mystery, I speak to groups of elementary and middle school kids. I’ve been surprised and delighted to discover that just about every one of these kids can get excited about books. It isn’t simply a matter of the story itself pulling them in; kids are used to hearing […]

May 10

Top Ten Books to Get Kids Moving by Annie Orsini and Kendra Limback

Our days typically begin with a run (and end with a book).  Finding time to be physically active with families to love, students to teach, and books to read is an ongoing challenge.  We often find ourselves up at 5:15 a.m. running and, in Kendra’s case, yoga-ing.  Running gives us time to be alone with […]

February 28

Battle of the Kids’ Books by Monica Edinger

SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’ Books is a March Madness-style contest for children’s and young adult books now in its sixth year. It begins with the three individuals (myself, Jonathan Hunt, and Roxanne Feldman) that make up the entity known as the Battle Commander reading, reading, and reading before coming up with the 16 contenders […]

Finding Your Inner Nerd: How Books Can Help Kids on Their Journey to Nerd-vana by Alaina Sharp

I fight the urge to roll my eyes and sigh exasperatedly as my son jumps up and down and asks me, “You know how to beat the third boss level?”   He’s talking about Donkey Kong.  And when I say he’s talking about it, I mean HE TALKS ABOUT IT. ALL. THE. TIME.   My […]

Sometimes Kids Just Need a Gateway Book by Jada Parr

My first year of teaching seventh grade English was every bit as much a disaster as I imagine most peoples’ experience was- ranging from wondering what in the world my professors wasted my time teaching me in college to treading water just barely keeping my head above the surface.  I remember trying to prepare myself for […]

Favorite Books I Read to My Kids by Megan Bostic

I have two daughters, now ages 14 and 16. We used to read all the time when they were little. I have to say, I was really picky about the books I read to my girls. I wanted funny. I wanted touching. I wanted educational. I wanted beautiful and/or vibrant illustrations. So here are a […]

Top 5 Reasons to Let Kids Choose Their Own Books

Over the past 18 years, I’ve done my share of “traditional” teaching:  I chose a book, I decided how many pages my students would read each night, I wrote questions to see if they read the book, I came up with what I thought were awesome projects so the kids could have fun after reading […]

How I Help My Kids Have Reading Lives (and Join the Nerdy Book Club)

I love my job!!  On a daily basis, I have the opportunity to model for my students how I am personally part of a much bigger reading community than just the four walls of our classroom.  I frequently talk to them about my reading life, their reading lives, and how I want them to live […]

December 02

Top Ten New Informational Picture Books by Lorraine Brontë Magee

Last summer, I took a course at Lesley University called Exploring Nonfiction for the Elementary and Middle School Classroom. Through the course, I discovered that the world of nonfiction is one in which students become global citizens, amateaur historians, citizen scientists, and critical thinkers. As the literacy gatekeeper of my classroom, I made it my […]

November 26

Impact: Matching Books to Readers by Ona Feinberg

I got to help kindergartners pick books today. “Bring over your book bins, friends,” I told each group. “Today, I get to do some of my favorite things! I get to hear you read books, and I get to help you pick ‘just right’ books.”   I wasn’t exaggerating, these really are a few of […]