In the November 2019 edition of Nick's Picks: Speedy Scanning, Book-to-Movie Adaptations, Beginning of Best Books 2019, and "Thank You, Omu!"
Nick's Picks November 2019

November 2019 Edition

Got Books? Have Resources!

Within seconds, now you can scan the books in your hands, and have a curated collection of resources about those very books and authors.

In your library, when giving books to a teacher or student, that person leaves the library not only with books, but with resources.

In a classroom, the teacher can scan the ISBNs of their personal library, and send home for each student and family a QR bookmark with a digital display of the titles, along with materials that bring these books to life.

  1. Go to
  2. Plug in your USB scanner
  3. Put the cursor in the search box, and then scan an ISBN
  4. Select + to build a Custom Reading List
  5. Name the list, and then scan all the books you wish
  6. Save the list, and then share via email, flyer, bookmark, or more.

Comments or questions? Let me know.

Nick Glass, TeachingBooks Founder & Executive Director

Behind the Books - Little Women: The Impact of a Classic

Jan Turnquist, the executive director of Orchard House, writes about her work at Louisa May Alcott’s house, how important Little Women is to her and to so many others while the new movie brings this beloved story to life.

Read Jan Turnquist’s Guest Blog Post now.

Meet-the-Author Recording: Thank You, Omu!

Sharing a meal is a wonderful way to build community. Listen to Oge Mora tell how her memories of her grandmother’s generosity in welcoming everyone to her table inspired Thank You, Omu! (Little, Brown 2018) in our featured Meet-the-Author Recording.

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

Featured Booklist: Publishers Weekly's Best Children's Books of 2019

Is it already time to look back on books published in 2019? Publishers Weekly thinks so. They've released their lists of Best Children's Books of 2019, and we've gathered instructional resources for all of them, from preschool through young adult. View Publishers Weekly's Best Children's Books of 2019 on TeachingBooks.

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From the TeachingBooks Blog: Author Inspiration for Your Makerspace

Just as author Barney Saltzberg of Beautiful Oops! shares, we can find inspiration in surprising places. What better way to infuse literacy into your makerspaces than to take inspiration from the authors, illustrators, and books themselves!

Read more on the TeachingBooks Blog.

TeachingBooks is Hiring

TeachingBooks is hiring a Technical Services, Collection Development Librarian with a professional interest in working with metadata specific to children's/ YA titles, authors, awards, distinctions, series, lists, and reading programs. A commitment to diversity and Intellectual Freedom is vital, too.

This is a full-time position with a competitive salary and benefits that can be based anywhere in the United States.

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Contests & Giveaways

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

  • Birdsong by Julie Flett
  • Ordinary Hazards by Nikki Grimes
  • Hobgoblin and the Seven Stinkers by Kyle Sullivan
  • High Five to the Hero! by Vita Murrow and Julia Bereciartu

See the November Contests & Giveaways on our blog.

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