Tag Archive: Sourcebooks

Interactive Picture Books

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“Give the pupils something to do, not something to learn; and the doing is of such a nature as to demand thinking; learning naturally results.” John Dewey Those of us who are teachers… Continue reading

Popular Series Fiction for Middle School Readers

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A couple weeks ago I published a post about ongoing popular elementary series, and on another blog I posted about adult crossover series that would be excellent for high school readers.  Here I… Continue reading

The Sound Of Music

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Titles to improve music literacy through classroom and school library collections… https://spark.adobe.com/page/F8Qd37zcgdomG/ Zach K.

Trail-blazing Women in Picture Books

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I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.  (Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own) Though this quote is a favorite of… Continue reading

I…Robot?

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Recently, I have been fascinated by the television show “Westworld”, which describes a future world where robotics & artificial intelligence have advanced to the point of making the cybernetic beings indistinguishable from the… 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

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

Talk Like An Animal

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When animals talk in an easy picture book, they often do so to teach us human values or lessons in proper behavior.  Such is the case with the picture books listed below, all… Continue reading

Science Fiction and Dystopias for MS and HS

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Speculative fiction is a fairly new term that encompasses several genres that have one thing in common: their settings are not real. Not just unfamiliar, but really unreal. They take place on other… Continue reading

ITEM 2015: Historical Fiction & Graphic Novels

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Four days from now, at the ITEM Conference in St. Cloud, MN, a number of our Mackin Librarians will present top titles for school libraries across multiple interest levels and genres.  My two… Continue reading