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We’re Moving to the School Library Journal Blog Network!


We are thrilled to announce that The Classroom Bookshelf is joining the School Library Journal Blog Network. SLJ is the world’s largest reviewer of books, multimedia, and technology for children and teens. The SLJ blogs have long been some of our favorite sources of information on children’s and young adult literature, apps, technology, and informational literacy.

Our transition to the SLJ Blog Network is made with the intention of broadening our audience and getting the quality literature we write about into the hands of more students and teachers. The format, tone, and style you are used to when you open a new post from our team will remain the same. You will continue to read our book reviews, teaching invitations, and suggestions for further explorations through print and digital media.

What drew us to SLJ is the shared belief that all children should have access to compelling literature that inspires learning and thinking. We want all teachers to feel empowered and invigorated to try new things through the teaching invitations we craft. We want teachers, librarians, and families to partner together to bridge home-school literacies and to share their love of books together.  We want reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, composing, and making to be joyful, purposeful, and meaningful for all students.

We will officially launch our first post with the SLJ Blog Network in late August. For now, our original site is being redirected to Within the next few weeks, that web address will redirect you to the SLJ Blog Network. All of our previous posts will migrate to the SLJ Blog Network. Moving forward, all new posts will be on the SLJ Blog Network.

You can continue to follow us on Facebook at The Classroom Bookshelf and on Twitter @clssrmbkshlf. As always, please email one or all four of us (see our emails below) to share the ways The Classroom Bookshelf inspired your teaching or post a comment directly to the blog. We love hearing about how you used the teaching ideas from our blog in your classroom. What worked? What didn’t? Most importantly, how did your students respond?

Thank you for being a part of our readership and for spreading the word about this exciting new development for our team. We are filled with joy for the work we are privileged to do and for the possibilities that lay ahead.

In keeping with our annual tradition, we wanted to close this school year with a summer send-off of a collections of links designed to keep you and the children and young adults in your life happily reading over the next several months. We wish you a restful, peaceful, and productive summer filled with opportunities to sit back and read.

Katie, Mary Ann, Erika, and Grace,,,

2016 Summer Readings Lists

Audiobooks for Families

We love audiobooks for long car rides with the family. Many public libraries now have downloadable audiobooks that you can listen to on an MP3 player, iPad, or iPod. Check in with your local public library and share the details with parents and students before the year is over. You might want to search for some of the books included in these lists below.

Resources for Teachers/Parents

Katie Cunningham About Katie Cunningham

Katie is an Associate Professor of Literacy and English Education at Manhattanville College. Her work focuses on children’s literature, joyful literacy methods, and literacy leadership. Katie is the author of Story: Still the Heart of Literacy Learning and co-author of Literacy Leadership in Changing Schools. Her book Start with Joy: Designing Literacy Learning for Student Happiness will be released September 2019. She is passionate about the power of stories to transform lives.


  1. Congrats!! Your blog is so informative & very comprehensive!!

  2. Congratulations! I've enjoyed your posts for years, and I do believe your high quality work deserves and is needed to be read by wider audiences. Best Wishes, Una

  3. Congratulations!