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5-Minute Overview

Welcome to! I’m Nick Glass.

Over the next few minutes I’m going to share a few ways that you can enrich and support connections to the children’s and young adult books read in your classrooms, libraries, and communities with this vast and diverse collection of digital resources.

Almost every day, we create original interviews with the very best authors and illustrators. For example, we interviewed the author of I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings -- and include her in our collection of authors telling the stories of their names. Would you say her name as Maya Angelo or Maya Angeloo? Let’s learn directly from the author herself.

Maya Angelou's voice: "Hello. My name is Maya Angelou. It's a very beautiful name. I know. I mean, I like it."

So with -- you have the ability to remove boundaries of access, and enable all of your students to learn the backstory, the research, and the inspiration for a book directly from the author at the moment you are reading a text. Imagine if every time you’re reading a book, the author can join you!

The easiest way to start is to go to the home page, and begin by typing the title of a relevant book into the search box. On each book’s main page, you will see the cover, the title, the author’s name, and a table of contents identifying the professionally curated digital resources that are available for you, including: lesson plans, book guides, video book trailers, meet the author video and audio recordings, reading levels, vocabulary lists, and more.

Another powerful way to use TeachingBooks is to use our comprehensive digital library to identify books that meet your needs.

You can start by selecting Resources for My Books from the Home page. From the top of the screen you can search by author or illustrator, subject area, favorite series, award, or thematic book list. You also can browse….

For example, you are looking for nonfiction, and then use the “Narrow Your Results” tools on the left side to hone in on what you need…elementary school, biographies,that are about the African American experience. That are so good that they won a major award…and that have lesson plans.

One powerful component of TeachingBooks is that you can align this collection of resources to the books you are using in a class syllabus, a reading program, and even an individual’s student’s reading list. Use the green plus sign to make your own custom book lists, and/or to add titles to existing lists. And then, with every list and every resource, you can share these materials, directly, with colleagues, families or students -- anyone using these books. This is super powerful. Using the sharing tools in the gold bar found on the bottom of every screen -- you can instantly give resources to others via QR code bookmarks, emails, embed them into your Google Classroom, or your learning management system.

And no one will need to sign in or search the database to get these materials. Instant access is now available to exactly what you need, already authenticated and ready to be used.

A few other components to our service that you might find very valuable include…. The Instructional Uses pages, that demonstrate a variety of jumping off points that integrate literacy resources into many curricular areas. Literacy Connections provides pretty remarkable support for key facets of instruction. Help and Support gives you the ability to keep learning how to best use this service, to train your colleagues, and to have unlimited professional support.

In 2001 I started with a dream that every reader could learn from the author the moment that they are reading a book. And as you’ll see, we have made that vision a reality! These digital resources and tools seamlessly further every reader’s understanding and insights about the books that they are reading.

With 33,000 schools currently having access to our service, we think this is powerful and magical stuff -- so thanks for taking a look.

Thank you. And enjoy.

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