Nick's Picks August 2018

August 2018 Edition

Pronouncing Authors' Names

How do you say them correctly? Well, since January 2007, we at TeachingBooks have been recording authors identifying themselves, while often telling a story or rhyme behind the name.

To date, these brief recordings have been played almost 800,000 times. The most played name pronunciations are...

with Texan authors Rick Riordan and Louis Sachar right behind.

A number of years ago, a marvelous high school intern named Joseph developed this Name Game. Perhaps you and your students will enjoy listening to these tricky-to-say names, the culturally relevant names, and the funny stories behind names.

It is always our pleasure to personalize connections to the books that matter to you. If there is an author's name missing on our list of children's and YA book creators, please email me and we'll do our best to add it.

Nick Glass, Founder & Executive Director

Behind the Books: Adam Gidwitz on Writing to Create Readers

As a second grade teacher, Adam Gidwitz relished the moment when a student connected with a book and a "switch was flipped," turning that student into reader. In this month's guest blog post, Adam shares his own "ah-ha" moment when he realized he could create more readers by writing than by teaching.

Read Adam Gidwitz's Guest Blog Post now.

Meet-the-Author Book Reading: Envisioning Fantasy Worlds

Captivated by images of West African gods and goddesses, known as the Orishas, Tomi Adeyemi found herself imagining an entire world. Her epic fantasy, Children of Blood and Bone (Macmillan, 2018), which Tomi describes as "Black Panther with magic," tells the story of this world.

Listen to Tomi share the inspiration behind Children of Blood and Bone.

Browse all Meet-the-Author Book Readings.

Learn how to pronounce Tomi Adeyemi's name!

Featured Booklist: The Carter G. Woodson Book Award

Since 1974, the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) has sponsored this award that honors distinguished titles "appropriate for young readers that depict ethnicity in the United States."

Explore resources for all the books and authors who have won or been honored by the Carter G. Woodson Book Award.

Contests & Giveaways

Check out our August Contests & Giveaways, accompanied by multimedia resources!

  • Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransom
  • The Rhino in Right Field by Stacy DeKeyser
  • Pet This Book and Play This Book by Jessica Young and Daniel Wiseman

See the August Contests & Giveaways on our blog.

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