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World Read Aloud Day

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Read aloud. Change the World. This is the motto for LitWorld’s global literacy event–World Read Aloud Day held today on February 16th, 2017.World Read Aloud Day was created in 2010 by LitWorld, a renowned literacy 501(c)3 organization, to share the message that the read aloud is a simple, powerful act of social engagement that can change […]

2016 Election Resources

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While teaching my course Exploring Nonfiction in the Elementary and Middle School Classroom this summer, I created this padlet page of resources on the 2016 Election. If you are a classroom teacher or school librarian trying to wrap your head around how to teach about this election, I hope these varied resources are useful to […]

What We Believe Matters Most When Selecting Books

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This is our first official entry with The School Library Journal Blog Network, and we are overjoyed and proud to be a part of this community. At The Classroom Bookshelf, we like to take the time at the start of the school year to reflect on what matters most in our classrooms and in bringing […]

Building Classroom Libraries: Classroom Bookshelf Tips for the Start to the School Year

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  Paolo Freire and Donald Macedo wrote that “Literacy is the language of possibility.” At The Classroom Bookshelf, it’s no surprise that we love children’s and young adult literature. We also love the start of the school year as a time full of possibility for what literacy instruction will look and feel like in your […]

Teaching to Complexity: A Framework to Evaluate Literary and Content-Area Texts

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Teaching to Complexity: A Framework to Evaluate Literary and Content-Area TextsWritten by Mary Ann Cappiello and Erika Thulin Dawes Published by Shell Education, 2014 ISBN: 9781425814601 This week, we celebrate the publication of Erika and Mary Ann’s new book, Teaching to Complexity: A Framework to Evaluate Literary and Content-Area Texts. As we write in our […]

Teaching for Change and Social Justice

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Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year! As we think about our goals for our students, we embrace the fact that we are not just teachers of academic content. We also want to support our students to be productive, responsible, and thoughtful citizens. Here at The Classroom Bookshelf, one of our goals is to feature selections […]

Children’s Books on Grief and Loss

We are reeling in response to the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. As we struggle to make sense of this loss, we are anticipating the questions that our children may have as our nation grieves over the next few days and weeks. One of our most immediate response is to begin to explore resources that […]

Skull in the Rock & Their Skeletons Speak

The Skull in the Rock Written by Marc Aronson and Lee Berger National Geographic, 2012 ISBN: 978-1-4263-1010-2 Grades 6- 8  Book Review  “For Dr. Berger, it would have been enough to find that one special bone. But the clavicle was just the beginning. It was the rabbit hole beckoning Alice, the wardrobe flung open to […]

Teaching with Text Sets

This week, we celebrate the publication of Mary Ann and Erika’s book, Teaching with Text Sets. We wrote Teaching with Text Sets because we have witnessed the power of children’s literature to engage students, inspire deep content exploration, and differentiate instruction. We’ve also seen the potential for digital multimodal texts, like the kinds we regularly […]

Nonfiction and The Classroom Bookshelf

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These days it seems that everybody is talking about the Common Core State Standards and nonfiction literature for children and young adults. We couldn’t be more ecstatic about this trend! It’s a fascinating world that we live in, and there is an equally fascinating range of literature for children and young adults to explore it. […]