Beyond Helen Keller

She Touched the World

It is said that it is important for children to see and read about positive representations of themselves in popular culture. As books, films and television begin to feature more and more diversity, there is one minority group that seems slower to find itself in the spotlight – Deaf and hard of hearing characters. Thanks […]

Happy Valentine’s Day

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Some years ago, my optimistic neighbor told me that he considers Valentine’s Day to be the unofficial start of spring. Given the ridiculous winter we are having in the northeast, this year I am holding him to it! So, in desperate hope for the start of spring, I am dedicating this post to Valentine’s Day. […]

Books for Lauren’s adolescent lit class, fall 2013

Here’s the list of books from our most recent offering of adolescent lit. Usually Lolly and I teach these classes back-to-back, but this year we had to split them up. Next fall we hope to offer them together again. In addition to the books listed below, we assign articles, blogs, or other material related to […]

Hello and a book recommendation

Rapture Practice

By way of introduction, a story and a book recommendation. When I was in school, I had an experience that many people have and one I think about often as a teacher — I felt like I rarely saw myself in a book (though disclaimer — I had some excellent teachers). I always feel that […]

Lolly’s new blog

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The bell has rung at Lolly’s Classroom, so go on over for some talk about real books in real classrooms with real kids. In addition to her work here as our designer and production manager, Lolly Robinson teaches teachers at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. This year she has enrolled her students and former […]

Applying Martin’s big words

Martin's Big Words

With the advent of the Common Core I have worked tirelessly this year to reboot my nonfiction units from something that was once a simple overview of headings, captions, and text features to an integrated understanding and application of nonfiction texts. I feel often, however, that I have come up short, particularly in asking my […]

Calling all teachers — and everyone else, too

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I’m thrilled to announce a new blog launching at the Horn Book today. Lolly’s Classroom will look at books and reading from a teacher’s perspective — but we’re hoping to get plenty of non-teacher readers as well. There’s no question that book discussions become richer when the people discussing them come from a variety of backgrounds. […]

Welcome to the classroom

Lolly's Classroom books

I’m thrilled to welcome you to opening day of the Horn Book’s newest blog — and eager to start uploading the first real posts about books and issues. Our focus will be using children’s trade books (which includes everything up through YA) in educational settings, and we plan to post two or three times a […]

Today’s Picture Book Biographies: Back Matter Matters

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Picture book biographies broke out of their formulaic cradle-to-grave structure in the late 1990s and began telling authentic stories with new verve. Fictionalized dialogue and made-up scenes gave way to well-researched, fact-based narratives, often focusing on a particular aspect of the subject’s life. Today’s picture book biographies also include, as a matter of course, supporting […]

Disturbing (or Not?) Young Adult Fiction

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I experienced Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games on the cusp of it becoming a must-read, a trilogy-starter, and then a film franchise. I had hurried into the bookstore, reading list in hand, and interrupted the young woman shelving books. When I asked  where to find the titles on my list, I mentioned that I taught […]