Nick's Picks March 2020

March 2020 Edition

NEW Collection Analysis Tool

New this week on TeachingBooks is a tool to let you quickly look at the titles your students are reading, and analyze them by diversity, genre, reading levels, and more. In just seconds you can now critically examine the titles on each reading list, syllabus, or even in your classroom library, and determine if the collection represents the differentiated and diverse texts that you are hoping for.

Check this out by creating a custom reading list, or by exploring any of the TeachingBooks awards, lists, or series pages, then select "List Analysis Report." You will then immediately receive a comprehensive collection analysis report organized by...

  • Genre, Cultural, and Curricular Areas
  • Quantitative Measures
  • Qualitative Measures

Not only will this give you a comprehensive look at text complexity measurements (with a cross-walk and qualitative measurements) but you can see which genres and cultural areas are not represented and then immediately search to add appropriate new texts to your lists.

We hope this new collection analysis tool helps support optimal book connections for you and your students. And please let me know what you think!


Nick Glass, TeachingBooks Founder & Executive Director

Featured Booklist: Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award

Every year, teachers, librarians, and university professors from the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE (ALAN) select titles with "a positive approach to life, widespread teen appeal, and literary merit" for the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award. TeachingBooks offers about 1,000 instructional resources for all 54 titles recognized by the Walden Awards since its inception in 2009.

Listen In with Matthew Winner & The Children’s Book Podcast

The Bridge Home (Nancy Paulsen Books, 2019) is the winner of the 2020 Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children's Literature, given annually by We Need Diverse Books in honor of the work and legacy of the late Walter Dean Myers. Author Padma Venkatraman discusses her sibling story of four homeless children making a life for themselves on this episode of The Children's Book Podcast.

Meet-the-Author Recording: A Lady Has the Floor by Kate Hannigan

One hundred years ago women in the U.S. won the right to vote, but did you know that there was a woman presidential candidate before that? Meet the unshakable Belva Lockwood and her historical political campaign in Kate Hannigan's biographic picture book from Calkins Creek (2018)!

Browse all of the TeachingBooks Meet-the-Author Recordings.

Behind the Books: Maribeth and the Bees

Maribeth Boelts talks about her new book Kaia and the Bees (Candlewick, 2020) and the confidence we get from finding our courage. "It’s amazing what one can learn from honeybees, isn’t it?"

Read Maribeth Boelts' Guest Blog Post now.

Listen to Authors: A Springboard to Writing

Virtually explore authors' and illustrators' workspaces. Discover why they produce their craft, where they get their ideas, and the techniques they use. Readily available any time to build deeper connections and springboard instruction.

  • Authors as role models
  • Writing prompts and models
  • Mini-Lesson ideas

Sign up to attend live. Receive the recording to watch on a timeline that works for you. You can always reach out to schedule a customized webinar that supports your goals.

April 21, 2020

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Contests & Giveaways

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

  • Little Women video and companion book
  • A Skype call and classroom set of books by a Kokila author
  • Dictionary for a Better World by Irene Latham and Charles Waters
  • Green on Green by Dianne White
  • Ivy Bird and a Skype visit from author Tania McCarthy
  • and more!

See the March Contests & Giveaways on our blog.

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