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cult of pedagogy.pngTeacher 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. 

 Classroom Bookshelf Book Photo.jpgThe 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.


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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.



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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 Designed for reluctant readers, the publisher says it is also dyslexia friendly. Grade 2-4.

View a book trailer here:

Read an excerpt from the first chapter here:



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