Teacher nerds, unite! The Cult of Pedagogy is a website described by the author as an "online magazine for anyone who teaches anything." It offers a blog, resource lists, podcasts, and videos for all teachers.
The Classroom Bookshelf is a blog designed to help teachers use literature in a variety of ways in K-8 classrooms. Each Monday, they feature a recently published book for children or young adults. Find great new books and teaching ideas or build up text sets. Click here to go to the blog.
Joyce Sidman is a multi-award winning writer of poetry books for children (and adults!) of all ages. What the Heart Knows: Chants, Charms, and Blessings is for students aged 12 and up. Winter Bees and Other Poems of the Cold is suitable for grades 2-6. Visit her website, where she also has free teaching resources and links to other useful poetry sites.
Melvis and Elvis is the new book of poetry by Dennis Lee, author of Alligator Pie and Jelly Belly, among many others. Irreverent, playful, and beautifully illustrated by Jeremy Tankard.
The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline is a wonderful exploration of the immigrant experience and the power of stories and language. Highly detailed, rich illustrations add layers of visual meaning and offer opportunities for discussion. Grade 3+.
The Moonshine Dragon, by Cornelia Funke, from Barrington Stoke in the UK, available through amazon.ca. Designed for reluctant readers, the publisher says it is also dyslexia friendly. Grade 2-4.
View a book trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-Hwyjf5wuY
Read an excerpt from the first chapter here: http://www.barringtonstoke.co.uk/books/the-moonshine-dragon/
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