Teaching Picture Books in MS/HS

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As someone who has only taught secondary education, I can’t help but see every book through that middle school/high school lens…even picture books. And, oh how fun it is! As an adult, I… Continue reading

Graphic Novel Adventures for Elementary Grades

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I loved reading comic books as a child, and I enjoy graphic novels now, but I usually don’t have the time to read all the novels and nonfiction that I want to, much… Continue reading

Best Of: Historical Fiction & Social Studies Favorites

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Not long ago, I presented some booktalks at the annual ITEM (Information & Technology Educators of Minnesota) conference in Minnesota.  My areas this year included Historical Fiction & Social Studies titles for the… Continue reading

Don’t Call Me Grandma Giveaway–Contest Closed

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“I was intrigued. . .” Vaunda Micheaux Nelson wrote in her guest post yesterday about her grandmother, who inspired her newest picture book Don’t Call Me Grandma. Perhaps you were intrigued, as well,… Continue reading

Finding Story: My Two Grandmothers – A Guest Post by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

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  Kids always want to know where writers get their ideas, and in this guest post, Vaunda Micheaux Nelson shares how she looked to her own family for her stories. Specifically, she looked… Continue reading

Review: Finding Wild

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I have to admit that my idea of being “outdoorsy” is reading a book on the back patio of my Minneapolis apartment building. I’ve already admitted in my recent post about city life… Continue reading

Fascinating STEM Books for Middle School/Junior High

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Ever since I was in elementary school, I’ve enjoyed reading about science, especially the life science areas of animals, human anatomy, and diseases. I still enjoy reading adult popular science (some of my… Continue reading

Diversity in Fantasy Fiction

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 I have recently come across a few high school fantasy fiction novels. Unfortunately, I find it a rare occurrence when there is a diverse main character in fantasy novels. There has been an… Continue reading

Illustrated STEM Series for Younger Learners

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Are you trying to introduce more STEM themed topics? Do you have students that are reluctant to pick up a nonfiction book? If so, these eye-catching new series would be great additions to… Continue reading

3 Great New High-Interest Science Books

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Science (at least to me) is decidedly NOT boring. But, I understand it when a student says they don’t like science, as it can be intimidating, with big words, classifications, and concepts. A… Continue reading