Nick's Picks December 2019

December 2019 Edition

Top 10 Name Pronunciations

TeachingBooks is celebrating the close of the decade by announcing the Top 10 Author & Illustrator Pronunciation Recordings from the past 10 years.

On December 28, 2006, I began the TeachingBooks Author Name Pronunciation Guide by calling E.L. Konigsburg and Lois Ehlert. And since January 1, 2010, this digital collection of more than 2,500 book creators telling the backstory and pronunciation of their names has been accessed more than 733,000 times. Wow!

Top 10 Game

De-scramble this list of the decade's most listened to author/illustrators, and put them in order of most to least heard recordings. Answers are at the bottom of this newsletter.

Chris Grabenstein - Jon Scieszka - Kevin Henkes - Louis Sachar - Maya Angelou - Neil Gaiman - R.J. Palacio - Raina Telgemeier - Rick Riordan - Ruta Sepetys

For more fun with author’s names, check out The TeachingBooks Name Game! And if you tweet this Top 10 List or Name Game @TeachingBooks, you’ll be eligible to win a collection of books by authors whose names you'll be able to pronounce.

Thanks so much. Healthy, happy holiday season to all.

Nick Glass, TeachingBooks Founder & Executive Director

Behind the Books: Julie Flett on the Transition from Illustrator to Author

Illustrator Julie Flett has always been more comfortable expressing herself in pictures than in words, so she expected her first solo book to be wordless. But when she delved into her story so deeply that she could hear the voices of her characters, the words suddenly came through!

Read Julie Flett's Guest Blog Post now.

Meet-the-Author Recording: Thirty Minutes Over Oregon by Marc Tyler Nobleman

Most people don't know that the U.S. mainland was actually bombed by the Japanese during World War II. Author Marc Tyler Nobleman discusses this amazing story and why most people don't know about it!

Browse all titles that have TeachingBooks Meet-the-Author Recordings.

Featured Booklist: Center for the Study of Multicultural Children's Literature Best Books

Every year the Center for the Study of Multicultural Children's Literature (CSMCL) identifies the best in multicultural books: those worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, outstanding.

Here is a filterable display of all the books that the CSMCL have recognized since they started this distinctive list in 2013. If you filter by year, you can see all 53 titles for 2019!

Announcing 2020 TeachingBooks Webinars

Our next webinar series begins in early January. Sign up to attend live. Receive the recording to watch on a timeline that works for you. Enjoy topics such as Literacy in Makerspaces, Reader's Theater, and Matching Readers to Titles.

You can always reach out to schedule a customized webinar that supports your goals.

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

Contests & Giveaways

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

  • Por Todo Nuestro Alrededor by Xelena Gonzalez and Adriana M. Garcia
  • All the Ways to Be Smart by Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys
  • Four Ancient Civilization titles from Nomad Press

See the December Contests & Giveaways on our blog.

Top 10 Game answer key:
Neil Gaiman, Raina Telgemeier, Louis Sachar, Rick Riordan, Jon Scieszka, Kevin Henkes, Ruta Sepetys, Chris Grabenstein, Maya Angelou, R.J. Palacio

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