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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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Pre-K

Growing Reader

Beginning Reader Books to Keep on Your Library’s Shelves

With short sentence repetition and picture clues, these books are accessible for new readers and also have big shelf appeal for a range of ages.

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Pre-K

Growing Reader

Tween

Turning Leaves, Turning Pages: A November Reading Challenge for Kids

In November, healthy reading habits can fall by the wayside — but busy days are the best days to fit in some time with a book. Here are some ideas to keep your kids turning pages.

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Pre-K

Growing Reader

A Printable Educator’s Guide to the Llama Llama Books

Use these Llama Llama-inspired strategies and activities to dive deeper into Anna Dewdney’s series and expand your students’ reading comprehension, critical thinking skills, and emotional development.

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Pre-K

Growing Reader

8 Books to Teach Children About the Habits of Scientists

Use these books in the classroom to help explain and give compelling examples of how real (and fictional!) scientists ask questions, hypothesize, design experiments, overcome obstacles, and communicate their findings.

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Tween

Teen

Brightly’s Book Club for Kids: Hoot

Our new book club selection is an environmental adventure story that shows kids the power of standing up for what you believe in.

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Tween

A Printable Educator’s Guide to Graphic Novels

This free Educator’s Guide contains easy-to-apply discussion questions (and a “make your own graphic novel” activity) to enrich your curriculum and help students get the most out of any graphic novel.

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Tips & Advice

This Is What Being an Elementary School Librarian Means to Me Today

In one way or another, I have worked in the world of kids’ books for more than two decades now — yet, it wasn’t until I began my job as a librarian four years ago that I truly realized how much books connect and create community.

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Tween

Why Kids Need the Freedom to Choose the Books They Read

If we want to pass a love of reading to the next generation, we have to allow them to have joy when they read. This sometimes means reading books with fart jokes, books with wizards that defeat evil, graphic novels, series, and books that speak truths that resonate with kids. Unfortunately, these books are often banned.

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Pre-K

Growing Reader

Tween

Picture Book Mentor Texts for Persuasive Writing

Persuasive writing is an increasingly common requirement for the primary grades, but many kids don’t have much experience with it. If your students are stuck on the same formats or could use a wider set of stylistic moves to be more convincing, check out these useful titles.

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Tween

A Printable Educator’s Guide to Matilda

The activities in these Common Core-aligned lesson plans emphasize reading comprehension and help young readers navigate Matilda’s tough topics.

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Tween

Tight Is a Reflection of Real-Life Kids and the Settings They Know

Kids will love the books if the books love them. I have taught middle school for nearly 20 years and I feel that is true. My dream as a teacher is my dream as an author: to provide books for kids to love, books that will love kids back, and to share stories that help them see things as more complex.

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