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Unexpected Paths: Encouraging Middle Grade Readers to Look Beyond the Obvious

Middle grade books have the power to depict different paths and how to find them at a time when everything seems to be changing in a young person’s life and the “right” path might not seem obvious.

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Pre-K

Growing Reader

12 Entertaining Picture Books That Teach Kids Grammar Rules

Introduce kids to grammar with these entertaining and informative picture books that show punctuation, parts of speech, and language can be playful while also helping kids grow as readers and writers.

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Pre-K

Growing Reader

A Printable Educator's Guide to Let’s Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout

Teach your students about the African American history and culture behind their favorite playground games, songs, and stories with these discussion questions and classroom activities inspired by Patricia McKissack's Let's Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout.

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Pre-K

Growing Reader

Children’s Books to Celebrate the 100th Day of School

In any classroom that painstakingly tracks each school day, reaching the 100th day of school is momentous. Here are six picture books perfect for celebrating the big day.

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Tween

Brightly’s Book Club for Kids: Harbor Me

Our new Book Club for Kids pick, Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson, is a beautifully written, timely middle grade book that packs a big emotional punch.

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Pre-K

Growing Reader

A Printable Educator’s Guide to Emmanuel’s Dream

Teach your kids about strength and perseverance with this Common Core-aligned teaching guide to Emmanuel’s Dream, a picture book based on a true story.

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Pre-K

Growing Reader

Tween

Not Just for Car Rides: When to ‘Read’ Kids’ Audiobooks at Home and in the Classroom

As a teacher and a mom, I’ve found that audiobooks can be used in a variety of settings for specific learning purposes both at home and in the classroom.

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Tips & Advice

The Difference a School Librarian Can Make, According to One Dad

I consider myself lucky that my daughter got to experience having a really amazing school librarian. I can’t begin to tell you the difference it made to her elementary school years.

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Pre-K

Growing Reader

Tween

Walking in a Bookish Wonderland: A December Reading Challenge for Kids

This month’s reading challenge encourages kids to celebrate their year in reading, continue cozying up with new stories, and make some space on their bookshelves as 2018 draws to a close.

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Growing Reader

Tween

A Printable Educator’s Guide to Using Picture Books in the Classroom

This free Educator’s Guide contains picture book recommendations and activities that are aligned to Common Core standards and explore themes like family, friendship, history, and folklore.

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Pre-K

Growing Reader

Tween

Books to Teach Kids About Cause and Effect

Teaching kids cause and effect develops critical thinking skills important for all ages of children. We hope these books guide kids into many thoughtful conversations that spill over into decision-making in their daily lives.

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All Ages

Apply for Two $10,000 Teacher Grants Toward Developing Innovative Reading Programs

Consider applying for or nominating someone for the NCTE and Penguin Random House Teacher Award for Lifelong Readers, honoring a teacher who inspires their students to read all genres, or the Maya Angelou Teacher Award for Poetry, recognizing a teacher who inspires their students to love poetry.

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Growing Reader

Tween

Strategies to Improve Kids’ Nonfiction Reading Comprehension

Since nonfiction comprises a large bulk of middle school and high school reading, it’s essential we help them learn specific nonfiction reading comprehension strategies.

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Tween

A Printable Educator’s Guide to Building Empathy with Books

Download and print this free Educator’s Guide filled with discussion questions and activities that help students explore themes like empathy, compassion, and inclusion through middle grade books.

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