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Expand your reading and library activities by infusing multimedia author and book materials into your work. Try the following best practices.

Instantly find quality, vetted, multimedia materials about the authors and books you are reading.

  • Use the search box on the top of any page of to get multimedia resources that connect readers with new context and understanding, and to develop searching, browsing, and navigation skills during technology instruction.

Give all teachers instructional materials about the books and authors they are reading.

  • Ask colleagues what book they're reading, and quickly give them lesson plans, book trailers, author interviews, and more. Simply do a search from the top of any screen on TeachingBooks, then click on "Email" or "Share" from the gold bar at the bottom of your browser window to send them a link to relevant resources.

Host an author in your elementary school library—anytime.

  • Host a favorite, award-winning author with projectable movies that TeachingBooks has filmed in the author's home. For example, lay out Kevin Henkes' books, show his Meet-the-Author Movie, and learn about his art and creative process. Find all Meet-the-Author Movies in "Browse the Collection," or go directly to:

Encourage reading across all disciplines with these starter strategies for teachers in all grades and subject areas, including:

  • Administrators
  • E.L.A. Educators
  • School Librarians (Elementary and Secondary)
  • Social Studies Educators
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Scan white papers offering specific ways to use to support specific educational initiatives, including:

  • Authors on Nonfiction Writing
  • Engaging High/Low Readers with Online Resources
  • Literary Connections Using an Interactive Whiteboard
  • Writing Tips from Award-winning Authors
  • See all Key Articles for Teachers About Using