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Listening is a great way to experience a story. Go to Guys Listen to check out more. Welcome to the Guys Read Virtual Vault of Good Books. Important Note: These are not the only good books in the world. Related:  Authors, Illustrators & Books WebsitesSelection Toolkit Resources Tina B

Hairy Maclary Connected Youth - Book Lists For a decade, the Austin Public Library has proudly offered an award winning Teen Services program to the teens of Austin. The Connected Youth project, launched in 2009, introduced laptops and creative new programs to the Austin Public Library system. Connected Youth is an exciting expansion of our longstanding services for Austin Teens. Connected Youth Teen Cards Teens (ages 12 through 17) can now apply for a Connected Youth Teen card. Step By Step - How Do I Get a Teen Card? Be between the ages of 12-17. Step By Step - How Do I Check Out Laptops? Get a Teen Library Card (see above). Locations - Connected Youth Laptops Each Teen Center has laptops which are available for check-out, and Teen Services Librarians offer open houses and activities at their home branches as well as other APL branches. Program History: Wired for Youth In 2000, The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, the City of Austin, and the Austin Public Library Foundation established ten Wired for Youth Centers.

Book Review Digest Plus - Literary Research - EBSCO This essential library and research tool that brings together book reviews on a wide range of topics, from a variety of sources including newspapers, review journals, and popular magazines. An Essential Library Tool Unlike reviews on book-sale sites and the open Internet, many of the included reviews are from citable journals, making Book Review Digest Plus an invaluable resource for literary and biographical research. Included information in individual book records, such as ISBN, Dewey Decimal Classification, and subject headings, also makes this a useful tool for readers’ advisory and collection development. Print Edition Available from Grey House Publishing Click here to leave this site and view the print edition. {quote} Advanced Search, with its elegantly laid-out tool set for crafting very precise search strategies, gives the user great control over the whole search process. – Library Journal, June 2010

Blogging Is the New Persuasive Essay As an English teacher, I’ve had numerous conversations with college professors who lament the writing skills of their first year students. But not all writing. Most students are capable of solid expository writing. I spend three years teaching my high school students how to write a persuasive essay. Part of the problem is that our current school systems — and not just in Canada — aren’t great at producing independent thinkers. So for three years, I write for them, and with them. The truth is lately I’ve come to question the point of much of this. Blogging is a different beast While traditional essay writing may not help alleviate this situation, I think blogging can. For one, the paragraphing is different. Instead, blog paragraphs tend to be shorter. Sometimes a paragraph is one simple sentence, used for emphasis. Another thing is the thesis statement. Double-dog daringly different Blogging also requires a different voice. In a formal essay, I would never use a sentence fragment.

Stronger early reading skills predict higher intelligence later 24-Jul-2014 [ Print | E-mail ] Share [ Close Window ] Contact: Hannah 202-289-0320Society for Research in Child Development A new study of identical twins has found that early reading skill might positively affect later intellectual abilities. "Since reading is an ability that can be improved, our findings have implications for reading instruction," according to Stuart J. Researchers looked at 1,890 identical twins who were part of the Twins Early Development Study, an ongoing longitudinal study in the United Kingdom whose participants were representative of the population as a whole. The researchers found that earlier differences in reading between the twins were linked to later differences in intelligence. "If, as our results imply, reading causally influences intelligence, the implications for educators are clear," suggests Ritchie. Summarized from Child Development, Does Learning to Read Improve Intelligence? [ Print | E-mail Share ] [ Close Window ]

Best Kids' Books Ever | Book Depository 23%off 15%off 16%off 14%off 17%off 26%off 18%off 12%off 19%off 29%off 22%off 20%off 13%off 25%off 27%off 33%off 28%off 24%off 11%off 21%off 10%off 35%off 31%off 32%off Lire en anglais Autism Book Reviews From Your Fearless Librarian Archives - Flappiness Is…Flappiness Is… A few weeks ago, I was asked if I might be willing to come in and talk to a group of kindergarteners about autism. Of course, this isn’t just any group of kindergarteners. It’s my autistic son’s peers. So, I wanted a read aloud or two, and I wanted them to be good. Being a school librarian, I know that there are an awful lot of children’s books out there. I couldn’t afford to buy them all, so I ordered several that seemed to fit the age group and read them all in one sitting. 1. Looking after Louis is the story of a little boy, Louis, who is autistic and is a student in a regular elementary classroom. I really liked this little story, mainly because the range of emotions for these children is honest. 2. Andy and His Yellow Frisbee is the story of Sarah, a new girl at Andy and Rosie’s school. I loved this subtle story of acceptance, probably because Sarah reminds me of my daughter. 3. 4. My Friend with Autism is a practical and positive introduction to autism for typical students.

Lessons with Laughter: Reading & Writing Notebooks My students use their reading and writing notebooks daily during our Daily 5/CAFE block. I made these notebooks for them a few weeks into the school year and am SO happy with them! My students love that they each had a unique binder and a place to store all things reading and writing related! I knew I wanted to make reading and writing binders for my students, but I didn't want to have to go out and buy brand new binders. So here is what I started off with: I got this wonderful pad of animal print paper from Michael's with my 40% off coupon! Then I cut the paper so that there was a piece to fit in the front slot of the binder and a small, narrow slip for the side. Next I got on my computer and typed up the labels for their binders! The binders are stored in the shelves on the side of the classroom. Inside the binder I put tabs and labeled them for different sections. The Reading Record section has their reading log. Here are some examples of the letters they write to me.

stronger early reading predicts later intelligence 100 fiction books all children should read before leaving primary school – according to teachers 1 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl 2 Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian 3 Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll 4 Matilda by Roald Dahl 5 The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson 6 The Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis 7 The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle 8 We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen 9 Dogger by Shirley Hughes 10 Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak 11 Stig of the Dump by Clive King 12= Black Beauty by Anna Sewell 12= The Iron Man by Ted Hughes 14 Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown 15 Winnie the Pooh by A A Milne 16 Funnybones by Allan and Janet Ahlberg 17= Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson 17= The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien 19 Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss 20 War Horse by Michael Morpurgo 21= Grimm’s Fairy Tales by The Brothers Grimm 21= The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr 23 Peace at Last by Jill Murphy 24 Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer 25 Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy by Lynley Dodd 26 Not Now Bernard by David Mckee 28 The Twits by Roald Dahl

Teenreads | Georgia Center for the Book | Supporting Libraries, Literary Programs and Georgia's Rich Literary Heritage Word got out recently that the bookselling behemoth Barnes & Noble plans to close about 300 stores over the next 10 years. That’s about one-third of its outlets nationally. The surprise news set off a new round of teeth-gnashing and chest-thumping from both supporters and opponents of the giant chain. Both responses seem perhaps a little over the top. First, any news of book outlets closing cannot be considered good news by any stretch of the imagination. Our country has been in a book crisis for at least the last decade with hundreds of stores closing, independents and chains alike. Second, there inevitably will be the unpleasant reality that people will lose their jobs when these B&N outlets shut down. Of course, some will point to the aggressive moves of Barnes & Noble in the past, taking over communities where long-surviving independent book shops found themselves pushed out of business, crushed by B&N’s gigantic scale and a certain degree of corporate avariciousness.

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