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TeachingBooks.net is an online database of thousands of multimedia resources you can use to explore children's and young adult books and their authors.
We provide immediate access to useful materials and exciting programs (short movies, audio book readings, book discussion guides, and more) that add a multimedia dimension to reading in the classroom, library, and home.
Use TeachingBooks.net to look up any favorite author—from David Macaulay to J.K. Rowling, from Dr. Seuss to Shakespeare—or any title (fiction or nonfiction). You instantly get online teaching / learning resources about that author or specific book.
These resources are also perfect for lesson planning, author studies, and Professional Development to support the many ways books can be integrated into all subject areas in the K–12 curriculum.
TeachingBooks.net is now in more than 26,000 schools coast-to-coast and around the world, helping to nurture a love of reading and books.
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TeachingBooks.net is for any education or reading environment that uses K–12 books: preK–12 schools and districts, universities and teacher training institutions, public libraries, education consortiums, and homeschool communities.
A license gives unlimited campus and remote access to everyone in your institution or educational community—every teacher, librarian, staff member, curriculum specialist, professor/instructor, student, family, and patron. We want all boundaries of access broken down to equalize the opportunity for everyone to experience these multimedia author and book connections.
Home access, by the way, makes TeachingBooks.net ideal for at-home study projects and school/home community-building efforts. Flyers and bookmarks with access passwords, already translated into numerous languages, help non-English speaking families know about this reading resource available to their children.
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While most of the book readings on TeachingBooks.net are audio excerpts of a book, we do have many books being read in their entirety. To access the full-length book readings on TeachingBooks.net:
TeachingBooks.net has resources on books and authors relevant for all ages, grades PreK to 12. The resources are grouped into four overlapping age ranges:
To identify the resources that match your specific grade level interest, conduct a search from the Advanced Search page.
TeachingBooks.net has resources on books and authors relevant for all curricular areas. Some classrooms that may not traditionally use trade books (like physical education, math, science, health, art, and music) can find relevant resources on TeachingBooks.net. To identify the resources that match your specific curricular areas of interest, conduct a search from the Advanced Search page.
Note: TeachingBooks.net is designed to help you find resources about specific titles, authors, and illustrators. Thus, the curricular areas are general.
To find strategies for integrating books and resources into specific curricular areas, see the Curricular Uses page.
To help you find resources about specific subject areas of study, we've integrated Library of Congress headers and BISAC area subject codes into the TeachingBooks.net database. Use the "Subjects" radio button on the Advanced Search page to find materials for a specific subject (e.g., weather, baseball, adoption).
Yes. Most notable are the Spanish-language resources. TeachingBooks also offers many French resources, as well as resources in (or about books written in) Chinese, Hmong, Ojibwe, Passamaquoddy, Russian, and O'odham. To find foreign-language resources, as well as English resources about bilingual and foreign-language books/authors:
Note: TeachingBooks.net strives to include resources in non-English languages. If you know of quality online resources we could include, please contact us.
Yes. The TeachingBooks.net Blog offers strategies for using featured resources, insights from the authors we talk to, and helpful hints from the staff at TeachingBooks.net.
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The TeachingBooks.net Blog is one of several Web 2.0 tools on TeachingBooks.net.
Yes. TeachingBooks.net uses the term "author" to signify author or illustrator.
Meet authors and illustrators—anytime—in TeachingBooks.net original movies that illuminate the creative process, inspiration, and stories behind award-winning books.
Get an in-depth look at the craft, books, and personal histories of award-winning authors and illustrators in TeachingBooks.net original full-length written interviews.
Connect instantly with the books you're reading by listening to authors and illustrators as they reflect on the inspiration, purpose, craft, and background behind a well-received book.
Learn about the writing and illustration process directly from popular book creators in these reflections about book projects, challenges of writing, research, and illustration, childhood experiences, and more.
Personalize reading with these one-minute audio recordings of authors and illustrators pronouncing and telling stories about their names.
Learn from authors and illustrators about their own work, ideas, and lives in these quality multimedia interviews.
Find lesson plans, discussion questions, novel units, reader's theater scripts, and other instructional support for the books you're reading in any K–12 classroom.
Introduce books to your classroom or library with a video or audio performance.
Ignite students' interest in both current and classic titles with these video book trailers that bring books fully to life.
Find out what authors and illustrators want you to know about themselves and their work by visiting their personal websites and blogs.
Learn more about popular books, book series, and their authors by visiting these official websites.
Generate excitement about books with these websites promoting film adaptations of popular and classic titles.
In one place, TeachingBooks.net provides all of our instructional materials (lesson plans, Meet-the-Author interviews, author websites, video book trailers, and more) aligned to the books and authors on any reading list you're using:
The authors and illustrators that TeachingBooks.net chooses to interview and record are carefully selected so that our site offers a variety of book creators to meet online. The criteria include:
As a small business based in Madison, Wisconsin, we plan the original productions we make each year with much thought.
At the same time, we continuously direct teachers to useful resources that already exist on the Internet. All of the resources to which TeachingBooks.net links are vetted first to ensure that they help educators and students think about books and book creators in new ways.
TeachingBooks.net's Collection Development Policy exists to ensure consistency and professionalism in our online collection of resources.
Citation rules vary, particularly for electronic source materials. Here are two examples for citing TeachingBooks.net's original resources, which include: Meet-the-Author Movies, In-depth Written Interviews, Meet-the-Author Book Readings, Guest Blog Posts, and Audio Name Pronunciations.
MLA Citation:"TeachingBooks Meet-the-Author Movie: Christopher Paul Curtis." TeachingBooks.net. TeachingBooks.net, n.d. Web. 10 Feb. 2011.
APA Citation:TeachingBooks in-depth written interview: Christopher Paul Curtis. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.teachingbooks.net/interview.cgi?id=782.
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