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Scholastic's blog about books and the joy of learning. Top Ten Mentor Texts for Argument Writing. (Grades K-3) To teach argument writing, you need a variety of mentor texts that demonstrate the art of persuasion, opinion AND argument.

Top Ten Mentor Texts for Argument Writing

We’ve built a list of books for grades K-3 that do just that. Of course, non-book texts like movie reviews, book reviews and student writing can be great mentor texts for argument writing too! The Day the Crayons Quit (Grades P-2, Lexile AD730) When Duncan arrives at school one morning he finds a stack of letters, one from each of his crayons, complaining about how he uses them. Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type (Grades P-3, Level M, Lexile AD160) When Farmer Brown’s cows find a typewriter in the barn, they start writing up their demands and go on strike when Farmer Brown refuses to give them what they want.

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Breakfast with Books by Patrick Andrus. My wife and I had a 50th birthday party to attend on Sunday, July 31st.

Breakfast with Books by Patrick Andrus

The gathering started at 4:00 PM. I told my wife we needed to be home by 7:00 PM. When she asked why and I told her there was a #titletalk on launching the reading year, she looked at me like I was crazy. I have seen this look many times. The 10 Best Dystopian Books You Haven’t Read Yet – Early Bird Books. List Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2.

The 10 Best Dystopian Books You Haven’t Read Yet – Early Bird Books

Photo: Courtesy of Lionsgate. Where Children's/YA Literature and Spreadsheets Collide. Ninjas Only - Book Ninjas. Ninjas Only - Book Ninjas. A Year of Reading. PD SMACKDOWN with #TheEdCollab. Notable2015 0. Notable Social Studies Trade Books For Young People. 2016 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People (NCSS member login required) The following books were inadvertently left off of the printed list, but have been included in the online list: Seeds of Freedom by Hester Bass, published by Candlewick Press, and Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees by Franck Prévot, published by Charlesbridge.

Notable Social Studies Trade Books For Young People

Download pdfs of previous Notables (by year) that are attached at the bottom of this page. Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2016 Preview3. Asian & Asian American Children's Books for ages 0 to 18. May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month!

Asian & Asian American Children's Books for ages 0 to 18

Observed since 1990, it celebrates the rich culture, traditions, and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. In this list I have focused on Asian and Asian American picture books and contemporary fiction for ages 0 to 18. 30 Asian & Asian American Children’s Books for ages 0 to 18 Babies & Toddlers Hush! “Mosquito, mosquito, / don’t come weeping. / Can’t you see that / Baby’s sleeping?” Rounding up the best nonfiction for children and teens. The best books of 2015 so far. 2014BestBooks.pdf. Children's Book Council. A joint project of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the CBC since 1973, Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 represents the year’s best books for science classrooms, chosen by science educators.

Children's Book Council

The annotated bibliographies feature titles published in the previous calendar year and selected by a book review committee appointed by the NSTA. Titles are grouped by category, including: Archaeology, Anthropology, and Paleontology; Biography; Earth and Space Science; Environment and Ecology; Life Science; Physical Science; and Technology and Engineering. Each annotation contains bibliographic data. Summer Reading Road Trip. I’ve Got Research. Yes, I Do. I’ve Got Research. How About You? In 1847, Hungarian doctor, Ignaz Semmelweis made a remarkable discovery.

I’ve Got Research. Yes, I Do. I’ve Got Research. How About You?

When doctors washed their hands in a solution of chlorine and water, childbirth fever rates at Vienna General Hospital dropped from 18% to near zero. Offended that Semmelweis implied doctors were killing their own patients, the medical community rejected hand washing as an infection prevention measure, and drove Semmelweis out of medicine and into an insane asylum. A few years later, Louis Pasteur and Joseph Lister made scientific advances that reinforced Semmelwies’s claims about germ theory and infection.

Hand washing between patient examinations is considered best practice today. LibraryReads - Books Recommended by Librarians. List - Children's Books featuring Muslim and Middle Eastern Characters. Best Books of 2015. All picture books, all the time. Where book love and primary classroom hilarity are shared. Laurel Snyder » Blog Archive » Women Make Picture Books Too, the 2015 edition!!! Is it that time of year already?

Laurel Snyder » Blog Archive » Women Make Picture Books Too, the 2015 edition!!!

September! When the kids head back to school, the pools close, and LAUREL SNYDER REMINDS YOU ABOUT ALL THE AMAZING PICTURE BOOKS ILLUSTRATED BY WOMEN! As you may know, this has become a tradition for me. Inspired by the historical gender bias of the Caldecott award, I first complied my list (with YOUR help) in 2013. Molly Idle was on it (HUZZAH!) Then, last year, my list looked like this, but the Caldecott was a shocker! It really feels like things are shifting in many ways, changing for real. Especially for folks getting ready to mock-Caldecott, a list like this can help us look past the “big” books, and see the whole picture.

So help me out! Spreading the #PDLove: #PB10for10. If you love picture books, then check out the hashtag: #PB10for10.

Spreading the #PDLove: #PB10for10

Thanks to @CathyMere and @MandyRobek for hosting this exciting event where nerdy friends share top 10 list of their "must-have" picture books. This year, I have decided to connect titles that support launching a year of reading, writing and thinking. -  1000 Books. Starred Titles - Google Sheets. We Need Diverse Books and SLJ Release Booktalking Kit. The We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) Booktalking Kit is now available for download. WNDB and School Library Journal (SLJ) have partnered to produce the kit, which is designed to highlight children’s literature about diverse characters and/or written by diverse authors, according to an announcement by WNDB.

The kit gives teachers, librarians, and booksellers the tools they need to discuss these works with their students, patrons and customers. Hard copies have been distributed by the American Booksellers Association (ABA) via ABA’s Spring 2015 Children’s White Boxes. The kit is also available online at and 10 Books About Modern Families. One of my great passions is for every child to have a few books that mirror their experience as well as many, many more that open up a new world of understanding and hopefully empathy for others.

Nothing is more personal than one's family, and that is why I think children need to see their families reflected in the books they read and see on their school library shelves. Children also need to be exposed to all kinds of families to build understanding about how other children live and love. Here are 10 books that reflect all kinds of modern families. A book about a little girl with two dads: a father and a stepfather. This book sheds light on the experience of families who have fled their homeland as refugees. MakingOfRollerGirl_sm. Books Suggested in Jen Ladd's Class on Informational Texts 3-5. Fall 2015 Children's Sneak Previews. Open-a-world-of-possible-ebook_0. 8 Books That Teach Kids About the Fluidity of Gender and the Importance of Acceptance. Transgender and gender nonconforming people (think Caitlyn Jenner or Ruby Rose) are gaining more visibility as they find the courage to come out and live publicly as the most authentic versions of themselves. Around his third birthday, my son started showing signs of gender nonconformity — wearing a dress, growing his hair out and only playing with dolls while insisting he was boy and preferring masculine pronouns.

My husband and I have been committed to showing our son positive examples of differently gendered people in literature. We’ve read the following books countless times and always encourage an open dialogue about what it means to be a boy, a girl, a human. More importantly, we use these books to teach about love, acceptance, equality, empathy, and the beauty of diversity.

It’s Okay to Be Differentby Todd ParrThis book cleverly delivers the important messages of acceptance, understanding, and confidence in bold, bright colors and silly scenes. Backwards Dayby S. Rethinking Schools Online. Winter 2009-10 Illustration: Katherine Streeter By Özlem Sensoy and Elizabeth Marshall Does popular young adult fiction about Muslim girls build understanding or reinforce stereotypes? We Need Diverse Books. Where did the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign come from? In a Twitter exchange on April 17th, 2014, Ellen Oh and Malinda Lo expressed their frustration with the lack of diversity in kidlit. This wasn’t a new conversation for Ellen or Malinda, just the latest, this time in response to the all-white, all-male panel of children’s authors assembled for BookCon’s May 31st reader event. In a series of tweets, Ellen started talking about taking action. Several other authors, bloggers, and industry folks piped up saying they would like to be involved as well.

Children's Books by and About People of Color. The Diversity Gap in Children’s Publishing, 2015. Joseph Coelho’s top 10 new poetry books every child must read. Summer Reading Series. Online Preview. Will there be more librarian previews like this? Yes, we plan to do two previews per year, in Spring and Fall. The date of the next preview will be posted here as soon as available. Can I preorder any of the books featured in the preview? Here Comes the Fun: Sunny Summer Reads by Kate Hannigan. Fantastic Middle Grade Fiction for Adult Readers. Adults reading books for young adults has become more and more acceptable, partially due to the glut of amazing young adult literature available now. If you stop in the young adult section, though, you’re missing out. This is a great time to be a middle grade reader, no matter what your age. The bookstores are brimming with wonderful selections featuring both boys and girls and from a wide range of genres.

There are so many choices, it was difficult to narrow down our recommendations to just 10. 2015 Summit Resources. Study: In-School Reading Time Is Key to Building Love of Reading - Teaching Now. Read Aloud - Downloads.

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29 Ridiculously Wonderful New Books To Read With Kids. Online Preview. Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12: 2015. Science teachers and mentors continue to be challenged to meet the high expectations of the Framework for K–12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Where book love and primary classroom hilarity are shared. If it's November, it must be Picture Book Month! November can feel long and dark. It is nice to have a reason to fill the lengthening darkness with reading, which we all know allows us to explore ideas and travel worlds beyond the comfort of home. , November can also be filled with anticipation for the upcoming holidays, so it is nice to encourage students and families to slow down and read.