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Celebratepicturebooks. Booklist: Steampunk Reads for Teens. Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that is usually set in the late 19th or early 20th century. It’s notable for a unique aesthetic featuring clockwork and steam-powered technology. As it has gained popularity, steampunk has begun to include themes ranging from alternate history to time travel and can be set in the near past, the distant future and anywhere in between. If you want to learn more about steampunk as a genre you can check out the Hub’s steampunk genre guide written up by Colleen Seisser. Carli Spina has you covered if you’re looking for some steampunk comics by female authors. If you’re still not sure where to start, read on for more recommendations. If You Want Adventure: If You Want Romance: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (2011 Teens’ Top Ten): Everyone seems to want something from Tessa. If You Want Scary: Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard: The dead are rising in Philadelphia and Eleanor Fitt’s brother has been kidnapped by whoever controls them.

World Book Talk Championship. There is no doubt about it. We LOVE to read and we want to cultivate that same love of reading in our students. One way we can do this is by talking about the books we love and involving our kids in the process. Jen LaGarde and I are teaming up to bring you the World Book Talk Championship. This is the Super Bowl of book talks. It’s “I Love to Read Month” and we’re feeling the love! Click HERE to cast your vote online…voting is open through February. Special thanks to Oliver Schinkten…his creative genius elevated our Super Bowl commercials to an entirely new level. An interactive TouchCast is available at: Like this: Like Loading... I am an elementary principal in Minnesota, and work alongside an amazing team of teachers.

28 Black Picture Books That Aren’t About Boycotts, Buses or Basketball | Scott Woods Makes Lists. A few years ago I was asked by a local TV station to suggest some books for children in honor of Black History Month. Being a Black librarian I relished the opportunity, but I did point out that my offerings would avoid the typical fare of Black children’s books: boycotts, buses and basketball. We’ve picked up a few other hobbies since the 1960s, and there are hundreds of books to show for it. Here is a humble sampling of some just in time for Black History Month. 28 children’s picture books, most of them featuring Black children doing what all children do: play, make up stories, learn life lessons, and dream.

I picked titles that came out within the last ten years (or so). I also tried to spread out the gender of the protagonists, as well as put some light on some typically ignored aspects of Black life in books (loving and present fathers, non-urban life, and so on). Books list creators as follows: author/illustrator. Like this: Like Loading... Dear Diary: Books Written in Diary Form. Ages 9-12 Dear Diary: Books Written in Diary Form Find these books and more online at Amelia's Middle-School Graduation Yearbook by Marissa Moss Long before there was Diary of a Wimpy Kid or The Dork Diaries, there was Amelia's Notebook, the original handwritten diary format with a mix of words and pictures on every page. Ava and Pip by Carol Weston When ten-year-old Ava uses her writing talents to help her older sister overcome her shyness, both girls learn the impact their words and stories can have on the world around them.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley's Journal by Jeff Kinney Greg records his sixth grade experiences in a middle school where he and his best friend, Rowley, undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice daily, hope just to survive, but when Rowley grows more popular, Greg must take drastic measures to save their friendship. The Fall by James Preller. Playroom. Database Error. Kindergarten: Holding Hands and Sticking Together: Eric Carle and LOTS OF FREEBIES! I am SO excited to be a part of this amazing blog hop and giveaway. Over 100 teachers and bloggers (106 to be exact!) Got together to let teachers know that they are appreciated- not just this week, but everyday! Each of us donated one of our best selling items from TPT for the giveaway. We all posted at our blogs about how we use our donated product in our classroom. My donated item is my Eric Carle Prezi. It comes with Writing Prompts for each of the 22 Eric Carle books that I featured on the Prezi.

I made this to use when I teach my Eric Carle Unit. Here is an up close picture of my sample book, Little Cloud, so you can see what I did for each book. This Prezi is a way to have all of my online Eric Carle resources together in one place to use and to show the children as extensions for each book. I included a simple writing prompt to go along with the each story with the Prezi. There are so many fabulous crafts and activities to go along with each book, too. Here we go! Mrs. Character-traits-hfj.pdf. _Fuse8_Top100_Picture. But The Kids Aren’t Reading – 20 Ideas for Creating Passionate Reading Environments. So many of us are trying to create passionate reading environments, we are doing all the things the experts tell us to do, and yet, something just isn’t clicking.

Some kids are reading sure, but they would probably be reading any way, others though, not so much. Our passionate reading environments are just not working for all of our kids. When I moved from 5th to 7th I knew I would be up against a challenge, after all, I had seen the slow decline of reading in my 5th graders and was pretty sure it would continue as they got older. And I was right, by 7th graders some of my students are not just disliking books, some really hate reading. And they are vocal about it! So what have I done to continue to create passionate reading environments? Here are a few ideas… Invested in books.

Diversity in books. Easy access to our books. Giving choice. Free abandonment. Leaving time to talk books. Teacher recommendations. Student recommendations. The To-Be-Read List. It is judgment free. Like this: Picture Books to Help ELLs Access Common Core Anchor Reading Standards. In this blog post written for Colorín Colorado, ELL expert Judith O’Loughlin shares some strategies for using picture books across the curriculum with students of all ages in order to master the Common Core anchor reading standards. Whether you live in California and identify beginning ELLs as “emerging,” or are from a WIDA state and identify these same students as “entering,” the challenge of meeting the Common Core Anchor Reading Standards is the same. It’s a daunting task to teach ELLs at this entry level as they grapple with complex text and struggle to meet the standards, as evidenced California’s English Language Development Standards principle “Interacting in Meaningful Ways.”

Because the standards focus on reading and interacting with complex text as well as addressing the importance of interaction, collaboration, comprehension, and communication of ideas, ELLs need substantial support to meet these challenges. Picture books can help! Why Picture Books? I love picture books! Topic. Great books that inspire a love of reading in kids — recommended by kids. Originally published in the Washington Post. The only way to hook children on reading for pleasure is to allow them to read for pleasure. That means permitting them to choose the books that interest them and then letting them to read at their own pace, without being asked to analyze every single sentence for inner meaning. This is the way kids learn to love to read at the Center for Teaching and Learning, an award-winning non-profit independent demonstration school in Maine that was founded in 1990 by educator Nancie Atwell, who last month was awarded the first $1 million Global Teacher Prize given by the Varkey Foundation.

The school has a national reputation for its research-based literacy methods that focuses on engaging and challenging students while fostering relationships between faculty and parents. Here is an introduction to the lists and the school’s reading philosophy, by Atwell, and following that are some of the books recommended by students from each grade. Kindergarten: Reading as the Main Course: A Book Tasting Event. English teachers at Sayre Junior/Senior High School in Sayre, PA, used inspiration from Pinterest to dish up reading as the main course at their second annual Book Tasting Event held on October 17. Amanda Wagaman, instructor of ninth grade language arts, stumbled on a “pin” on the social media platform that depicted a library decorated as a restaurant. She shared the concept with the department which has been working to increase the ratio of self-selected reading to whole-class texts in the curriculum. Members of the department embraced the Book Tasting Event as a way to get students to “sample” a variety of literary genres in order to find their preferred “tastes” in reading.

Junior high students excitedly enter the restaurant-themed library. This year’s event featured over 500 newly purchased books available in the high school library. Librarian Kent Muench is head chef for the day. Sayre Public Library teen coordinator Holly O’Neill signs a student up for a library card. Amanda R. Picture-Book-a-Day.