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December 2017

Collaborative text complexity evaluation

Did you know that has an innovative Text Complexity Toolkit? Our toolkit includes PDFs of rubrics for literary and informational texts and short videos with step-by-step instructions for filling out the rubrics. And there is a new section on diversity elements in the text, too!

Check it out by searching for a book title using the search box on the top of any page. Once on the page for that title, click on "Submit your own qualitative measurement" under the orange Text Complexity box on the right side of the page.

Now you can view and contribute to the collected opinions of other teachers about seven distinct elements of text for both informational and literary books.

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Behind the Books: Jason Reynolds on valuing all voices

If you have read any prose or poetry by Jason Reynolds, you know that he has an amazing understanding of the power of words. We are extremely fortunate to have Jason share with us some of his insightful observations on language.

In this month's guest blog post, Jason Reynolds reflects on generational and cultural differences in language and the role that educators can play in making all readers' language valued.

Read Jason Reynolds' Guest Blog Post now.

Meet-the-Author Book Reading: Jason Chin on amazing discoveries

Whenever Jason Chin creates a book, he always visits the place first as part of his research. "It's really important for me to go on location," he says, noting that doing so helps him discover things he wouldn't through other research methods. This certainly was the case with his Orbis Pictus award-winning title, Grand Canyon (Roaring Brook Press, 2017).

In this Meet-the-Author Book Reading, learn how finding a fossil at the Grand Canyon helped to shape Jason Chin's newest book.

Listen to Jason Chin share the story behind Grand Canyon.

Browse all Meet-the-Author Book Readings.

Featured Booklist: Charlotte Huck Award

This is an exciting time of year for us at – the beginning of book awards season! To start us off, this month we're featuring one of the recently announced awards, the Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children, from the National Council of Teachers of English. Could this be a preview of award winners to come?

Explore resources for all the books ever recognized by the Charlotte Huck Award now.

Contests & Giveaways

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

  • Before She Was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome and James Ransome
  • Shadow Weaver by Marcykate Connolly

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