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From within a web-browser, the inklewriter will let students make and play interactive stories with no programming required. Why make stories interactive anyway? The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge. Creating readers. Skip to main content .addthis_16x16_style .at4-icon, .addthis_16x16_white_style .at4-icon, .addthis_default_style .at4-icon, .at4-icon, .at-16x16 { width: 1.8em !

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Important; height: 1.8em ! Important; line-height: 1.8 ! Important; background-size: 1.8em! Important; You are here Home » Creating Readers. If Jane Austen Got Feedback From Some Guy In A Writing Workshop. Best Books for Teens 2015! It’s time for the second annual NYPL Best Books for Teens list!

Best Books for Teens 2015!

This year we’ve expanded the list from 25 titles to 51. You’d think that making the list longer, and therefore having more room for more titles, would make our list easier to compile but—nope! In fact, it was harder. For ten months we read, discussed and debated, and in the end these are the titles we decided were the most memorable, the most gut-wrenching, the most exciting, the most fun, the most swoony, the most informative and the most engaging. Doesn’t matter if you are a big reader or not—there’s books on here for all kinds of readers from all kinds of genres and subjects.

Once again we travel the globe.

Reading challenges

What to Read Next? The lovely Kate Fairlie* asked me on Facebook tonight about books for her nearly 12 year old twin daughters.

What to Read Next?

It’s SUCH a tough age. The Best Feminist Books for Younger Readers. Since the feminist picture books were so popular (yay!)

The Best Feminist Books for Younger Readers

Learning To Read Alone Is Not Enough. Your Students Need A Reading Champion. I don't know about you, but...

Learning To Read Alone Is Not Enough. Your Students Need A Reading Champion.

I did not become a reader because someone held me accountable for reading. I did not become a reader because someone offered me "points" or other incentives for the quantity of books or pages I read. I did not become a reader because someone limited my reading selections to only to those titles on a certain reading level or within a specific lexile band. And I did not become a reader because someone forced me to complete reading logs, write book reports or create (and then reuse) the occasional diorama. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl. Novel Finding: Reading Literary Fiction Improves Empathy. How important is reading fiction in socializing school children?

Novel Finding: Reading Literary Fiction Improves Empathy

Researchers at The New School in New York City have found evidence that literary fiction improves a reader’s capacity to understand what others are thinking and feeling. Emanuele Castano, a social psychologist, along with PhD candidate David Kidd conducted five studies in which they divided a varying number of participants (ranging from 86 to 356) and gave them different reading assignments: excerpts from genre (or popular) fiction, literary fiction, nonfiction or nothing.

After they finished the excerpts the participants took a test that measured their ability to infer and understand other people’s thoughts and emotions. The researchers found, to their surprise, a significant difference between the literary- and genre-fiction readers. When study participants read non-fiction or nothing, their results were unimpressive.

Literary fiction, by contrast, focuses more on the psychology of characters and their relationships. The Book Zone. Anita’s Black Book Challenge #2. In 2011, in response to the BBC’s book challenge I developed a list of Aboriginal authored-books across genres and called it Anita’s Black Book Challenge (BBC). Since then there has been an overwhelming response to the list by everyday readers and teachers / librarians. I realize it is way past the due date for another list, after all, three’s over 5000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers and storytellers in the BlackWords database. SO theoretically, I could do a list every year. This list below is just a short list of what I would suggest, but it is a starting point. The list is in alphabetical order by title. Shakespeare’s Sonnets, All 154, Reimagined Through a New York Lens.


Shakespeare’s Sonnets, All 154, Reimagined Through a New York Lens

The power of a good book. It doesn’t matter what age you are, there’s nothing quite like losing yourself in a good book.

The power of a good book

But, did you know that reading for enjoyment is also associated with higher academic achievement? A recent large scale study concluded reading for pleasure has ‘a powerful influence on children’s learning’, particularly in developing vocabulary, but also on spelling and maths skills. Beautiful Illustrated Plotting Of Fiction Genres. The world of fiction is one that is only limited by your own imagination.

Beautiful Illustrated Plotting Of Fiction Genres

There are endless possibilities for stories to head in one direction or another, but this excellent poster from Pop Chart Labs investigates the links between myriad genres and the famous books that define them. It's entitled A Plotting Of Fiction Genres, it's available to buy as an 18" x 24" poster for $29 (£18.80) How to Read A Book. “Marking a book is literally an experience of your differences or agreements with the author. It is the highest respect you can pay him.” — Edgar Allen Poe You already know how to read. Discussion Questions. I hope that book clubs and classes discussing my books will find the below questions and exercises both helpful and inspirational. Thank you so much to all the readers who helped me compile these! Please note, these questions are filled with spoilers! Discussion Questions for CINDER. The Austen Project. Buy From These Stores Purchase hardback from: Purchase e-book from: International Purchase. Anne Frank: 10 beautiful quotes from The Diary of a Young Girl.

Ditch the home readers – real books are better for your child. Reading Activities for Kids on Funbrain. Inside A Dog. Neil Gaiman's Journal. The Arrival. Frequently challenged books of the 21st century. Literature-Map - The tourist map of literature. The Reading Bill of Rights - A Child's Right to Read. Booklist Editors' Choice: Adult Books for Young Adults, 2014.

LGBTQ fiction resources

Graphic Novels. The Man Booker and Nobel judges are right: novels can do us good. October is the biggest month of the year for those in the literary world. This year, the Nobel Prize for Literature awarded to Patrick Modiano and the Man Booker Prize, to Richard Flanagan for The Narrow Road to the Deep North, attracted a flurry of discussion, as always, about the prizes and whether the judging panels “got it right”.

But if the two most influential annual literary prizes are an indication of the contemporary canon, this is an opportune moment to think about the role of literature and reading, about what we value, now. Prize-winning books are not just well-written, even though American critic Harold Bloom, the man who put himself in charge of the canon, emphasised aesthetic quality as the signifier of literary excellence. Teaching graphic novels as literature: The Complete Maus enters the curriculum. 8 Places for Thrifty Bookworms to Download Free E-Books. "Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside a dog, it's too dark to read." - Groucho Marx.

Underrated books: Overlooked fiction, nonfiction, and comics of 2014. Illustration by Jen Wang Slate’s Best Books of 2014 coverage: Magabala Books. World of Westfahl Reference: Series Fiction. Today, to say the least, there exists no clear consensus as to how to define the genre of series fiction: one study of the subject may focus on texts which are entirely ignored in other studies, while authors of reference entries on the subject may announce, in the calm tones of an authority proffering settled wisdom, definitions of series fiction which are totally at odds with the definitions of series fiction presented in other references. Only two assertions, it seems, cannot be challenged. First, there are some bodies of works displaying certain specific features which absolutely must be regarded as series fiction, since no alternative characterization is possible; such works cannot be reasonably described as trilogies or tetralogies, or as a single text followed by several sequels, or as a number of novels that happen to share the same characters and settings.

What, then, are the specific features which unambiguously identify texts as series fiction? Playing with the Postmodern: Picture Books for Multiliteracies. Reading Time. Charles Sturt University. Bildungsroman - Booklist: Tough Issues for Teens. Bildungsroman. 1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2012. Bibliotherapy for Teens: Helpful Tips and Recommended Fiction. By Erin E. Moulton on November 6, 2014.