Nick's Picks August 2019

August 2019 Edition

NEW and Enhanced TeachingBooks

We are beyond pleased and proud to support the start of your new school year with the new TeachingBooks. Please check it out - starting with the illustration generously provided by award-winning illustrator Bryan Collier.

New tools to enrich everyone's experience reading children's and young adult books include...

  • Discoverability with the new Search and Browse features
  • Standards support and literacy connections with the new "Instruct" section
  • A tool to scan a book's barcode and instantly access the paired digital content on TeachingBooks
  • A fully-responsive and accessible design that is WCAG 2.0 AA compliant.

With more than 165,000 vetted resources at your disposal, TeachingBooks is more excited than ever to help each reader in your community garner insights and engaging connections to the books they are reading.

Enjoy. Thank you! Happy new school year.

Nick Glass, Founder & Executive Director

Meet-the-Author Movie: Toni Morrison

This month we remember ground-breaking author Toni Morrison (1931-2019), who urged us to remember those who fought for a more just society. Watch our two-minute mini-documentary in which Morrison introduces her book, Remember: The Journey to School Integration (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2004) by showing the impact of the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision on the lives of young people then and now.

Browse all Meet-the-Author Recordings.

Meet-the-Author Recording: Lee Bennett Hopkins

We also remember good times with the celebrated poet Lee Bennett Hopkins, who also passed on this week. Hopkins appreciated many of the same values we do at TeachingBooks, including advocacy for the love of literature and respect for educators. Listen to Hopkins introduce his classic work, Good Books, Good Times! (HarperCollins, 1990)

Featured Booklist: Carter G. Woodson Book Award

Are you looking for books that discuss ethnicity and race relations in the United States? Finding literature that handles these topics with cultural accuracy and sensitivity can be tricky. That's why TeachingBooks features the winners and honorees of the Carter G. Woodson Book Award, sponsored by the National Council for the Social Studies.

Behind the Books: Gayle E. Pitman

As a high school student, Gayle Pitman heard her teacher say, "Jackie Robinson isn't a real historical figure." Read about how her reaction to this attitude led to a career of writing history books for children in this month's guest blog post.

Read Gaye E. Pitman's Guest Blog Post now.

Fall Webinar Schedule

Join us for webinars this fall to take a fresh look at the updated TeachingBooks. We offer webinars on a variety of days and times to allow you options.

Topics include Essential Elements and Spotlights on Diverse Books and ELL.

Register now

Don't worry if you can't attend live. Sign up and receive a recording of the webinar.

Contests & Giveaways

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

  • If I Built a School by Chris Van Dusen
  • Max Attacks by Kathi Appelt
  • Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship by Edward Hemingway

See the August Contests & Giveaways on our blog.

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