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Mapping with Books

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I recently found myself logging on–somewhat obsessively–to Google Maps as I was reading Enrique’s Journey, a book I talked about here. As Enrique was crossing the Rio Grande to get to Laredo, Texas,… Continue reading

Journey of a Lifetime

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Earlier this week I read a news story about the dangers people from Central America face as they attempt to journey to the United States, traveling part of the distance through Mexico atop… Continue reading

Yes! We All Have Stories

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As we approach the beginning of the school year, it’s important to think about how to foster a sense of community in the classroom and in the school as a whole right at… Continue reading

Protecting Young Brains with Books

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As the mother of a serious equestrian and as a former soccer coach, I’ve always had concerns about head injuries and concussions. Just a few years ago, everyone I knew considered wearing helmets… Continue reading

Reading about Writing

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One of the greatest ways to inspire kids to write is to get them to read about writing. Reading and thinking about writing is as critical as actually sitting down to write–I know… Continue reading

Exploring an Essential Question with Fiction

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Recently, I was asked to create a list of titles for a ninth-grade novel unit in which the essential question that the class would address is the following: “How do the decisions and… Continue reading

Book Trailers

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Book trailers promote books and reading in different ways and can be really fun literacy enhancement tools. You can use a great book trailer to introduce a book to a young reader. Then,… Continue reading

Text Sets in the Elementary Classroom

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Teachers and librarians know that pairing fiction and nonfiction is a great way to get students to think more deeply and creatively about particular areas of study. Common Core calls for an infusion… Continue reading

Great Contemporary Books for Horse Lovers

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Many of us avid readers have other passions as well–knitting, soccer, camping, or cars, for example–and mine is horses. While I don’t know much about car stories, I do know there are lots… Continue reading

Swiss Picture Books Worth Looking For!

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It is true that North America is blessed with many talented children’s book authors and illustrators, but searching abroad for different books can reap some pretty amazing rewards. The partnership of author Germano… Continue reading