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47 Books You Should Add To Your Shelf, According To Poet Rupi Kaur

The provocative artist and poet shares her list.<p>Rupi Kaur has vision beyond her years.<p>At 24, the Indian-Canadian artist and poet decided to create a menstruation-themed photo series for a college project. She posted one now-famous photograph to Instagram, showing herself lying on a bed facing the …

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17 Reps to Build Vocabulary Muscles

Exercise Vocabulary Muscles Through Repetition<p>While technically not a muscle, a student's brain benefits from regular daily exercise. Where there are …

19 children's books you should re-read as an adult, according to a managing librarian at the New York Public Library

Just because we get older doesn't mean the life lessons we learn from children's books are any less important.<p>We asked Louise Lareau, the managing librarian at the Children's Center at the New York Public Library, to recommend the books that every adult should read again.<p>Here are 19 of the most …

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15 Tips for Building Fluent Readers

Building fluent readers is crucial to reading success in the early years. Back in the day, “Popcorn Reading” or “Round Robin Reading” were popular …

Teaching

Children’s books roundup: the best new picture books and novels

Diabolical kids, alien communication apps, a first story from Jessica Ennis-Hill and the last from Geek Girl<p>As the weather turns balmier, welcome in the spring; wander in a maze, ride on a truck, and get lost in a story. Picture-book lovers will find much to like in <b>Triangle</b> (Walker), the latest …

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The 50 Best Books for 11- and 12-Year-Olds

Eleven and twelve is a time of big change for kids, both emotionally and physically. Which is why reading coming-of-age books becomes very relevant …

Books for girls, about girls: the publishers trying to balance the bookshelves

One study of 5,000 children’s books found that a quarter had no female characters, and less than 20% featured a woman with a job. But a new wave of books and writers is helping to fix that disparity<p>The book is called Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, but reading a handful of its 100 stories about …

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The nature of mindsets

A primer on how our underlying beliefs, attitudes and assumptions create our everyday lives — and our shared world.<p>Mindsets shape the lives we lead, …

Pedagogy

13 Children’s Books We Wish We Had When We Were Kids

It's no secret that the books you read as a child have a profound impact on how you see the world. The best children's books inspire young kids to …

5 Non-Negotiables of Project-Based Learning Professional Development

Project based learning is an effective format used for professional development. Here are 5 non-negotiable to make sure your PD goes well.

Pedagogy

Children’s books roundup: the best new picture books and novels

A trip to the Arctic, coping with love, memory loss and OCD and the best PE excuse note ever written<p>This year is already off to a splendid start for children’s literature, with stories of dogs, DJing, running, mystery and memory. Picture book fans with a yen for crazy canines will be charmed by …

8 Diverse Children’s Books for a Feminism-Focused Library

Storytime with your little one is an essential part of parenthood. It’s great one-on-one bonding and a chance to learn new words. Growing up, essential children’s books helped shape how we saw the world. If you’re now yourself a parent, you might be searching for the best books that teach diversity …

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19 Nonfiction Books From 2016 That Will Expand Your Mind

Read 'em and learn.<p>While we do love our fiction at HuffPost Arts & Culture, 2016 ushered in ample nonfiction work that’s just as worthy of your time and eyeballs.<p>What many need after a drawn-out and frightening election season are resources to unplug and reconnect to our humanity. The sprawling …

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What Makes a Children’s Book Good?

As someone who writes books for children, I am privy to a never-ending debate in children’s-literature circles. (You may now be imagining old ladies in floral dresses sitting around Victorian parlors, knitting and discussing the relative merits of “Johnny Tremain” and “Little House on the Prairie”; …

37 Books With Plot Twists That Will Blow Your Mind

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Children’s books roundup: the best new picture books and novels

Back to school with a fairy-vampire, plus funfairs, foxes, babies and racehorses<p>This September eases young readers back into school and the cool of autumn with whales, wolves, foxes, fairy-vampires, alien funfairs, grief and mechanical hearts. For picture-book fans there’s a long-awaited sequel …

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A Child of Books: making its mark in children's literature

<b>What makes a child long to read? How do you fire their imagination? What exactly is the power fairytales hold over a young mind? All questions for a bestselling author and an artist as they team up to celebrate storytelling</b><p>What makes a good children’s book? Some of the most enduring are the …

In Japan School Janitors Simply Don't Exist, Here's Why

Eight out of ten adults experience lower back pain once in their lifetime. I am one of those people and I’m definitely not looking forward to my …

Children’s books roundup: the best new picture books and novels

Early stories from Terry Pratchett, plus space exploration, sleepy creatures and modern fairytales<p>The children’s book harvest this August includes a last farewell to Terry Pratchett; <b>The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner</b> (Doubleday) is a second anthology of his earliest short stories, originally published in …

13 Illuminating Books That Should Be Required Reading

Getting ready to go back to school? Looking to start a book club? Here are 13 timeless books to read this fall.<p>Good morning, class. Raise your hand if you actually read your summer assignments, <i>Great Expectations</i> and <i>Nineteen Eighty-Four</i>. Yes, raise your hand if you <i>did</i> read those books. <i>Did</i> read, yes. …

Fiction for older children reviews – half-dead and dead funny

Horrid Henry author Francesca Simon fleshes out her teenage queen of hell, while Frank Cottrell Boyce’s screwball comedy has depth<p>You might have thought a plucky tween hero who was half-dead would be an original idea for a novel. Uncannily, there are not one, but two half-dead protagonists abroad …

Top 10 quotes about tolerance in children's books

A reader recently suffered abuse online for reading an inclusive picture book to his nieces about two princes falling in love, but children’s fiction promotes tolerance and generosity towards all sorts of people. Here are some of the most moving quotations from children’s fiction about being kind …

Reading Log for Thinking and Responding

Reading log without parent signatures! This eleven page Language Arts document allows the students to think about their nightly reading and respond …

Reading Comprehension Bookmarks to Use While Reading Passages and Books

Need a simple-to-use tool to help your students remember the reading comprehension skills and strategies they need to succeed? These 24 reading …

The Gr-2 ELA Standard You May Need to Teach

For literacy consultant Sarah Tantillo, Reading Informational Text (RIT) Standard 2.1 is both essential and easy to learn. Yet she suspects many …

3 Vocabulary Strategies Help Students Decipher Unknown Words

Vocabulary knowledge is the heart of reading comprehension and academic achievement, says literacy consultant Brenda Overturf, "and it means way more …

Vocabulary

These are the books you should have read by age 11 – how many have you read?

British children’s literacy is in trouble, according to David Walliams.<p>With 9 and 10 year olds in England ranking 6th in Europe for their reading …

Should schools hold back students?

When eight-year-old Sophie Skogster fell behind her Canadian classmates, her parents, try as they might, could not convince school administrators to "fail" their daughter.<p>In 2009, the Skogster family moved to Finland, home to one of the highest-ranked education systems in the world. There, Sophie …

Turning Independent Reading Obstacles Into Opportunities

<b>By Jennifer Serravallo,</b> guest blogger<p>You may have heard this one: independent reading can make a world of difference. Countless studies by …