Using Books

Bringing books and people together.

El Deafo

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This week, I was lucky enough to have a thirty-minute window when I could pop into my favorite independent bookstore in Los Angeles. They have a large children’s section on the second floor that I love perusing because they do an excellent job at getting new books. On one of their displays sat El Deafo […]

Same theme, different level

The Skin I'm In

It’s a new year with new kids! I’m working with the same population, but the way this school deals with the social and emotional components of learning is amazing. With that said, I have a group of 8th graders who are very low-level readers. It was a bit surprising because most of them are articulate […]

The kid-friendly, kid-maintainable classroom library

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If you’re a teacher reading this blog, you likely devote significant attention to carefully selecting literature to add to your classroom library. And, if you’re like me, you want your students to have access to these books, but also to not spend hours after school reorganizing and looking for titles that have mysteriously disappeared. Last […]

Books mentioned in the September 2014 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

All about animals Did You Know? series DiSiena, Laura Lyn and Eliot, Hannah Chickens Don’t Fly: And Other Fun Facts Illustrated by Pete Oswald Gr. K–3      32 pp.      Little Simon      2014 Trade ISBN 978-1-4424-9353-7 Paperback ISBN 978-1-4424-9326-1 E-book ISBN 978-1-4424-9327-8 DiSiena, Laura Lyn and Eliot, Hannah Hippos Can’t Swim: And Other Fun […]

After-school activities

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Barnhart, Norm Dazzling Card Tricks Gr. 4–6   32 pp.  Capstone Barnhart, Norm Marvelous Money Tricks Gr. 4–6   32 pp.  Capstone Edge Books: Magic Manuals series. Accessible step-by-step instructions, clear demonstrative photographs, and “what you need” sidebars teach readers to master simple but impressive magic tricks with cards or money. Tips for performing the tricks effectively and […]

Careers and community helpers

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Buckley, A. M. The Arts Middle school, high school   112 pp.  ABDO Freese, Susan M. Fashion Middle school, high school   112 pp.  ABDO Hamen, Susan E. Engineering Middle school, high school   112 pp.  ABDO Lusted, Marcia Amidon Entertainment Middle school, high school   112 pp.  ABDO Inside the Industry series. Each book describes four careers; for […]

Performing artists

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Cardillo, Margaret Just Being Audrey Gr. K–3   32 pp.  HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray Illustrated by Julia Denos. From Audrey Hepburn’s childhood in Nazi-occupied Europe, to a film career, motherhood, and role as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, this picture book biography encapsulates Hepburn’s “certain something.” Cardillo’s prose is focused and elegant; Denos’s paintings perfectly depict the delicate beauty […]

Disasters

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Goldsmith, Connie Bombs over Bikini: The World’s First Nuclear Disaster Middle school, high school   88 pp.  Twenty-First Century This book offers a riveting tale of the aftermath of U.S. nuclear weapons testing in the Pacific. The tests themselves and the lives of the Marshall Islanders directly affected by the resulting radiation contamination are described in […]

All about animals

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DiSiena, Laura Lyn and Eliot, Hannah Chickens Don’t Fly: And Other Fun Facts Gr. K–3   32 pp.  Little Simon DiSiena, Laura Lyn and Eliot, Hannah Hippos Can’t Swim: And Other Fun Facts Gr. K–3   32 pp.  Little Simon Did You Know? series. Illustrated by Pete Oswald. Each volume presents select trivia about a variety of […]

Blasting the canon

The Red Badge of Courage

As a new English department chair, I’ve already been faced with decisions about book orders. Our high school opened in 2007, but our middle school just opened with a sixth grade class last year. This means it was time for us to create a seventh grade curriculum. I believe in leadership through structured freedom, so […]