Nick's Picks January 2020

January 2020 Edition

New Quick Start & Training Tools

Have you explored the completely revamped TeachingBooks? I encourage you to dig in and enjoy all the ways we're striving to deepen and enrich the connections to books throughout your community.

Whether you are a novice and experienced user of TeachingBooks, our newly enhanced Quick Start and Training section should reveal new, powerful ways to use our service.

  • Watch a brief Overview Video
  • Glance at the QuickStart & Training Guide
  • Train with the ready-to-use slide deck and training script
  • Or schedule your own customized webinar with our educational professionals.

Over the past year TeachingBooks has dramatically upped our game. We invite you and all your colleagues to play along, and bring to life the books in your community.

Always let us know how we can help support your reading activities. Thank you, and happy, healthy 2020.

Nick Glass, TeachingBooks Founder & Executive Director

Announcing 2020 Listen In with Matthew Winner & The Children's Book Podcast

TeachingBooks is delighted to launch this new feature in our monthly newsletter. Welcome Matthew!

Author Miranda Paul assembled a diverse group of authors to share poems of gratitude in a new picture book called Thanku: Poems of Gratitude (Millbrook Press, 2019). Sixteen of the contributors read their poems, discuss the poetic form, and share those things for which they are grateful on an episode of The Children's Book Podcast perfect for sharing with students. (image of podcast logo and always space for a bookcover and/or guest)

Featured Booklist: Charlotte Huck Award

The opening of a new decade is a perfect opportunity to reflect on our values and aspirations. We invite you to take a look at the titles recognized by the Charlotte Huck Award, which celebrates "children's fiction that invites compassion, imagination, and wonder." Is there a better way to begin a new year?

Behind the Books: Collaborating Mother-Daughter Poets

In our Behind the Books blog post this month, mother and daughter team Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Stemple discuss the process of creating their newest book, Eek, You Reek! (Millbrook Press), and the joys and challenges of working together.

Read Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Stemple's Guest Blog Post now.

Meet-the-Author Recording: The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

Emily X.R. Pan found herself overwhelmed researching her grandmother's remarkable life in Taiwan until she decided to change her plan for the book, The Astonishing Color of After (Little, Brown). By focusing on a teenager's experience learning the story, she was more able to approach the topic and write about her grandmother's amazing life.

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

Announcing 2020 TeachingBooks Webinar Spotlights

Join us for TeachingBooks Webinar Spotlights. Our next webinar is Match Readers to Titles: TeachingBooks Tools.

Explore ideas to connect readers with titles and exciting resources that engage, inspire, and deepen their connections to books.

  • Find a hook so they will open the book
  • If you liked reading this...try this!
  • Discover just-right books using advanced tools
Register Here

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

Contests & Giveaways

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

  • The Generous Fish by Jacqueline Jules
  • A Black History Month Gift Set
  • A STEAM Club Kit
  • A set of Dear Dragon titles
  • A set of Earth Science Titles

See the January Contests & Giveaways on our blog.

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