Category Archives: Ages 5+

New! On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein

On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein is a picture book biography written by Jennifer Berne and illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky. This book introduces young readers to Albert Einstein and celebrates curiosity in a way that will … Continue reading

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Leveled Early Readers: Valuable Tool or Marketing Ploy?

The number of early readers being published has exploded. On one hand, this trend is great. Kids learning to read today have many more options to choose from than they have had in the past. They are more likely to … Continue reading

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New! Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown is the story of a tiger who becomes bored with behaving properly. One day, Mr. Tiger decides to ignore the expectations that society has for him and “go wild.” In the process, Mr. … Continue reading

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25 Children’s Books About Friendship

The recent onslaught of anti-bullying books has been rubbing me the wrong way. Many anti-bullying books focus on what kids should not do rather than what they should do. Many anti-bullying books encourage kids to label each other as “bullies” … Continue reading

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10 Authors for Elementary School Social Studies Teachers to Know

The Common Core State Standards are being rolled out this fall, and teachers around the United States are looking for ways to incorporate more nonfiction books into their lessons. I have been devoting this week to helping teachers find excellent nonfiction … Continue reading

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Teach Science With These Excellent Nonfiction Picture Book Series

The Common Core State Standards are being rolled out this fall, and teachers around the United States are looking for ways to incorporate more nonfiction books into their lessons. For many teachers, selecting nonfiction books to have students read is … Continue reading

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The Common Core Standards are Here: Time to Incorporate More Children’s Literature in Classrooms

This coming school year, teachers around the United States will begin implementing new teaching standards: The Common Core State Standards. The Common Core State Standards are a consistent, national set of standards for teaching language arts and math to kindergarten … Continue reading

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5 Tips for Encouraging Your Child to Read This Summer (It’s not too late!)

With the coming school year right around the corner, this is an excellent time to take steps to encourage your child to read. I truly believe that every child can learn to love reading. If you have a child who … Continue reading

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We’re Reading Through History

This summer, I plan to share my favorite children’s books about U.S. history with you. I hope that these booklists will be valuable for teachers planning lessons for the coming school year and for families visiting historic sites this summer. … Continue reading

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Read Through History VI: Frontier Life & Native Americans (1850-1900)

In this sixth installment of our Read Through History series, I share picture books about frontier life and Native Americans during the second half of the 19th century. This booklist includes stories about The Oregon Trail (e.g. Apples to Oregon … Continue reading

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