Children’s Bookroom: I Can’t Find a Book!

Many times over the years, as a teacher-librarian, students visited the library and left empty handed. Some students wandered back and forth from the fiction to the non-fiction sections of the library, to the online catalog, and back to the shelves again. When observing the student’s indecisiveness, I would ask the child if I could […]

Children’s Bookroom: Books That Tell, Inform, Teach, and Explain

Early in my career as a teacher-librarian, I regretfully encouraged younger students to read only fiction books. I steered them away from non-fiction because I saw informational texts (Common Core term) as uninteresting compared to works of fiction. I also believed that lower grade students would not be able to handle or understand informational texts. […]

Children’s Bookroom: Cover to Cover, Coast to Coast!

“Cover to Cover, Coast to Coast,” is the theme for this month’s celebration of Children’s Book Week (May 2-8, 2016). Throughout the year, but especially this week, the goal is to applaud the joy of reading for young people. Started in 1919, Children’s Book Week initiative has become one of the longest-lasting national literacy program […]