Nick's Picks January 2019

January 2019 Edition

New Feature: Transcriptions

I'm excited to announce a new component of TeachingBooks that we've dreamt about for more than a dozen years: effective today, all of our English-language Author Name Pronunciations and Book Readings have transcriptions! Enabling...

  • Accessibility for those who cannot use audio resources
  • Highlighting of the spoken word — students can now visually follow along
  • Google Translate of the copy for more than 100 languages — creating accessibility for non-English speaking patrons
  • Audio anchoring — activate the audio and highlighting from any location of the recording
  • Transcripts for printing, previewing, and research — with MLA 8 citation auto-created, too!

Check out any Author Name Pronunciation, Meet-the-Author-Book Reading, or Audiobook Excerpt and enjoy!

And know that I'd love to learn ways this new accessibility piece makes a difference for you, so drop me a line. Thanks!

Nick Glass, Founder & Executive Director

Behind the Books: Remembering World War I

Following the hundredth anniversary of the end of World War I, Jack Lowe shares that he and his co-creators wanted to set their series The Jekyll Island Chronicles (Top Shelf Productions) during this war to help young readers learn about such a significant period of world history.

Read Jack Lowe's Guest Blog Post now.

Meet-the-Author Book Reading: The Value of Representation

As she talks about her book Amina's Voice (Simon & Schuster, 2017), Hena Khan discusses why it is important both for young people to see themselves in books and for them to see people not like themselves.

Listen to Hena Khan talk about the importance of representation in Amina's Voice.

Browse all Meet-the-Author Book Readings.

Featured Booklist: Best STEM Books, 2017-2019

Best STEM Books is a list of recommended children's books that include content related to science, technology, engineering, and math. Each year, reviewers appointed by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), the Children's Book Council (CBC), the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA), the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), and the Society of Elementary Presidential Awardees (SEPA) compile a list of the best children's trade books that inspire interest in, provide background about and/or model the creative application of knowledge to solve problems.

Contests & Giveaways

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

  • Jack and the Geniuses: At the Bottom of the World signed by Bill Nye and Gregory Mone
  • Waiting for Pumpsie by Barry Wittenstein
  • A boxed set of Beep and Bob books by Jonathan Rot

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