Teach Brightly

Growing Reader

Mentor Texts to Teach Children Personal Narrative Writing

Studying fantastic mentor texts exposes students to examples that elevate their personal narrative writing. To expand your classroom’s collection of personal narrative mentor texts, consider these picture books.

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Tween

Teen

Brightly’s Book Club for Kids: The Night Diary

Relatable characters and heart-stopping drama delivered with a tender touch make Veera Hiranandani’s historical novel an empathy-building, engaging story that middle grade, young adult, and grown-up readers can all enjoy.

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Growing Reader

Tween

10 Imaginative Scenes for Teaching Children to Visualize as They Read

Whether students naturally imagine as they read or need to be taught to do so, they can all benefit from structured practice creating mental images with books like these.

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Pre-K

Growing Reader

A Printable Educator’s Guide to R Is for Rocket: An ABC Book

Explore Common Core Language Arts Anchor Standards with these accessible and engaging R Is for Rocket lesson plans.

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Growing Reader

Tween

Why Kids Say They Love Fairy Tales

Almost any young person can tell you the basic plot of Cinderella or Hansel & Gretel or Little Red Riding Hood. What is it about this genre of stories that make them so memorable and so loved by kids and adults?

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Grown-Up Reads

Tips & Advice

How to Model Your Own Love of Reading in the Classroom (and Why It’s Important)

As teachers, we work to create an impactful learning community in our classrooms, a place where children not only see themselves as readers but also love to read.

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Pre-K

Growing Reader

Tween

A Printable Educator’s Guide to The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home

With these easy-to-follow lesson plans inspired by The Day the Crayons Quit, your students will be generating persuasive arguments and text in no time.

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Just For Fun

Thank You, Teachers Everywhere

Teachers do not solve all of their students’ problems. What they do is infinitely greater: They give children hope, a sense of self, and the all-important realization that their struggles, whatever form they take, will not diminish their potential.

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Pre-K

Growing Reader

Compare and Contrast: How to Use Books to Teach Children Comparative Thinking

Starting at a young age, we can nurture children’s comparative thinking with books, ratcheting up the level of difficulty as they grow in age and developmental ability.

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Pre-K

Growing Reader

Classroom Read-Alouds and Activities to Inspire Screen-Free Summer Adventures

Here are nine picture books to read aloud in the final weeks of school to spark ideas for simple, tech-free summer fun.

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Pre-K

Growing Reader

Sweet Picture Books and Rituals for the End of the School Year

Saying goodbye at the end of the school year is a big deal for many students. These books and classroom activities can ease the transition by celebrating growth, gratitude, and change.

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Just For Fun

10 Heartfelt and Humorous Book Gifts for Teachers

It takes a special person to be a teacher, and teachers deserve an extra special thank you at the end of the school year. Show your appreciation for the wonderful work they do with these bookish gifts.

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Just For Fun

This Is Library Storytime for the Next Generation

In order to meet the various needs of kids and caregivers, librarians have developed amazing fresh takes on the traditional story hour.

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Just For Fun

5 of the Coolest Children’s Libraries in the U.S.

With eye-catching designs, the best books for kids, and impressive community programming, these children’s libraries stand out as some of the top choices in the United States.

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