Archive for November, 2014

SLJ Best Books
School Library Journal selected 70 titles for the 2014 Best Books List.






Kirkus Reviews has announced a Best Books List for Children.
The Teen list will be announced next week.





Check them out to see if your favorites are on these lists.


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Brown Girl DreamingBrown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
In vivid poems, the author shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement.
Gr. 4-8
Starred Reviews from Booklist, Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Horn Book, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal


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CBC-Sticker_finalThe National Science Teachers Association has announced their choices for Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 from books published in 2014.

How many do you already have in your library?



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The Amazon Editors haveamazon posted their list of the best books for children and teens.


goodreads  Goodreads has a semi-final list of best books in four categories: Young Adult Fiction, Young Adult Fantasy, Middle Grades and Picture Books. Vote for your favorites.


National Book AwardThe National Book Award for Young People’s Literature will be announced on November 19.

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Recently, a reader requested some links to free lesson plans and activities for “Your Move” by Eve Bunting. When time permits, sometimes I can fill those types of requests.
This is one of those times and also because Eve Bunting is one of my favorite children’s books authors.







Your Move by Eve Bunting
Illustrated by James E. Ransome
Harcourt Brace, 1998
Grades 1-5
When ten-year-old James’ gang initiation endangers his six-year-old brother Isaac, they find the courage to say, “Thanks, but no thanks.”

Teaching Resources

  • Lesson Plan focuses on peer pressure with questions and activities. Elementary School District 102, IL
  • Lesson Plan includes activities focusing on themes related to justice on page 23. Plea.org
  • Lesson Plan focuses on responsibility. Thinking Restoratively
  • Lesson Plan focuses on before, during and after reading. Mat Mentor






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star    It’s that time of year. No, not Halloween or Thanksgiving. It’s time for the book review journals to announce the best children’s books of the year for 2014.

These are the first to announce.

Looks like it’s going to be an exciting awards year.

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