I love stories in verse. As the summer reading program director at my two sons’ elementary school, I found these types of novels are the easiest to get a student interested in reading for fun. In a PBS NewsHour interview, Jason Reynolds, the award winning young adult literature author, shares his ideas on how poetry can get more young people interested in reading. And I couldn’t agree with him more.
Summer is an exciting time working in Classroom Services here at Mackin. With the end of one school year comes the a fresh start to the new one as teachers revamp their classrooms… Continue reading
Little Cat’s Luck by Marion Dane Bauer and illustrated by Jennifer Bell. 9781481424882. 2016. Gr. 3-6 Though Patches is a full grown cat, she is small and a little bit naïve about life… Continue reading
Looking at realistic fiction published for teens and tweens in 2014, it seems like the year of verse. Some people love novels in verse, and some people hate them. Wherever you fall on… Continue reading
I am a bibliophile. Most of you reading this blog about books are probably bibliophiles as well, because a bibliophile is a lover of books. But I am also a logophile. Not only… Continue reading
Tomorrow the librarians at Mackin will be in St. Cloud, MN for the MEMO conference. We will be talking about new books for school libraries in two presentations—one for elementary and another for… Continue reading
We live in a diverse world, and books can be a door to diversity whether that’s reading about another country or getting an opportunity to connect with the life of an immigrant. Perhaps… Continue reading
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