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The Best Children’s Books of 2014

The Best Children’s Books of 2014 | Books for Elementary Schools | Scoop.it
Intelligent and imaginative tales of love, loneliness, loyalty, loss, friendship, and everything in between.

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Oh. My. This is indeed a brilliant list. Some would be good for read alouds and whole group discussion (Hug Me - acceptance, compassion and Once Upon An Alphabet - looking at things differently.) Many of these picture books are meant for making kids think and may work best individually with follow up discussion. (Hansel & Gretel - scary, The Flat Rabbit - death, grief, how thought works)

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WeAreTeachers: 14 Perfect Picture Books for the First Weeks of School

WeAreTeachers: 14 Perfect Picture Books for the First Weeks of School | Books for Elementary Schools | Scoop.it
Great read aloud books to help you build community and get to know your new students.
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Mostly a K - 3 list ... Perfect books? Not sure about that, but it is important to select books that you like and can use to open the discussions you want to have.

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TOP 2015 Canadian books as voted on by Ontario children

TOP 2015 Canadian books as voted on by Ontario children | Books for Elementary Schools | Scoop.it

Here are the next top vote getters ... https://www.accessola.org/web/Documents/OLA/Forest/Awards/Forest-of-Reading-Honour-Books-2015.pdf ;

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I think the children missed the best book for creating deep meaningful conversations. Morris likes to wear the tangerine dress for many reasons.  This makes him different. The emotions Morris feels can be felt through a read-aloud and a sharing of the pictures. I didn't understand what this was about until I read this to a number of classes. Many of the kids DID understand. It seemed as the grades went up, the students were more uncomfortable with sharing their thoughts.  This one is essential to any school library collection. Check out this website for a list of honours http://houseofanansi.com/products/morris-micklewhite-and-the-tangerine-dress ;

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Art appreciation helps young children learn to think and express ideas - EdSource

Art appreciation helps young children learn to think and express ideas - EdSource | Books for Elementary Schools | Scoop.it

USA article, but the message works anywhere ...The method aligns with the Common Core approach to learning.

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Ok, this isn't about any specific  books.  This is about critical thinking, language development and art appreciation. Pull out various non-fiction art books/kits from your library and give them new life with our youngest students.

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Blue Spruce™ Nominees

Blue Spruce™ Nominees | Books for Elementary Schools | Scoop.it
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Blue Spruce Forest of Reading picture books are selected Canadian authors/illustrators (by Ontario Library Association). All 10 titles lead to rewarding discussions with children ... and adults.

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50 Of The Best Kids' Books Published In The Last 25 Years

50 Of The Best Kids' Books Published In The Last 25 Years | Books for Elementary Schools | Scoop.it
Little kids may insist you read the same books over and over at bedtime (sometimes more than once in the same night), but that doesn't mean you can't stop trying to add variety to the mix. This new list, compiled by Reach Out and Read, a nonprofit or...
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Lists are debatable, but any picture book list with Owl Babies by Martin Waddell has to have merit. Great read aloud with younger primary students - they will chime in and read it themselves with expression.  Online lists can be good to find books you've missed, but talking with teaching colleagues, public library staff and trusted independent book sellers is the best way to go. I love the service and learning I get from The Source (near Caledon Ontario, Canada) If you go there, you will learn and buy a lot. Ask for Marsha. Phone (519) 927-3789 Fax: (519) 927 5452  E-Mail:  gmsource@look.ca

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Why Picture Books Are Important by Arree Chung

Why Picture Books Are Important by Arree Chung | Books for Elementary Schools | Scoop.it
Why Picture Books Are Important by Arree Chung SUPERHEROES: Remember when you used to play superheroes at recess with your friends? You could do anything, and be anything you wanted to be. All you ...
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Of course picture books are important. A few authors link to this and share their opinions. Sneaky idea in Ninja to get students moving with verbs. Can be applied to many titles.

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The Wildest Children’s Books of 2013 — @100scopenotes 100 Scope Notes

The Wildest Children’s Books of 2013 — @100scopenotes 100 Scope Notes | Books for Elementary Schools | Scoop.it
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Interesting and unusual set of picture books.

Also worth a look is The Matchbox Diary   http://literatelives.blogspot.fr/2013/07/the-matchbox-diary-already-hit-with.html?spref=tw

 

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Kathryn Opperman's curator insight, September 11, 2013 1:56 PM

These might be some fun reads!

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On Common Core | Nonfiction as Mentor Text | School Library Journal

On Common Core | Nonfiction as Mentor Text | School Library Journal | Books for Elementary Schools | Scoop.it
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Not an essential read ... or is it? Of course non-fiction should be used as mentor text. Reading requirements/skills change as students progress into and beyond secondary school. Strategies such as purpose of graph/photo captions, index, table of contents ... set up chapters/units ... implicit teaching and time for students to demonstrate learning are key.

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7 Awesome Early Chapter Booklists You Should Not Miss!

7 Awesome Early Chapter Booklists You Should Not Miss! | Books for Elementary Schools | Scoop.it
7 Awesome Early Chapter Booklists You Should Not Miss! Can Children's Picture Books Be Effective Parenting Tools? The Children's Bookshelf and Springtime Books · The Children's BookShelf with Books for St Patrick's Day ...
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Interesting lists and links to other lists. It gave me ideas to add search tags to books in my school library, e.g., boys chapter books.

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Barbara Ann Mojica's curator insight, August 30, 2013 9:28 AM

Not to be missed books....

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A few words about wordless picture books ... - Reading Rockets

A few words about wordless picture books ... - Reading Rockets | Books for Elementary Schools | Scoop.it
Reading Rockets offers a wealth of reading strategies, lessons, and activities designed to help young children learn how to read and read better. Our reading resources assist ... A few words about wordless picture books.
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Nice small list, Amazon them for descriptions.

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Teach Mentor Texts: Looking for a Graphic Novel?

Teach Mentor Texts: Looking for a Graphic Novel? | Books for Elementary Schools | Scoop.it
As I was looking through the 2013 challenges that my friends took on, many chose to do Donalyn's Book Gap challenge. I was surprised to see that many people found that their book gap was graphic novels!
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This has a very good visual list of graphic novels for elementary students.

In Barrie, Ontario Big  B Comics www.bigbcomics.com has decent library support phone or visit. Located in In Toronto,Tinlids www.tinlids.ca and The Beguiling www.beguilingbooksandart.com are outstanding with their library support.

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Stack Overflow: Picture Books | GeekDad | Wired.com

Stack Overflow: Picture Books | GeekDad | Wired.com | Books for Elementary Schools | Scoop.it
Here's another stack of picture books — poetry, goofy numbers, a big fish story, books within books, and a gorgeous tale about a boy who just wanted to draw.
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First glance ... Books you find in the dollar store ... But ... Once you open these ... Really interesting books.  Available on amazon.ca so probably available through most any book store.

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Forest of Reading ~ picture books to adult novels

Forest of Reading ~ picture books to adult novels | Books for Elementary Schools | Scoop.it
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Annual Ontario Library Association selections of excellent picture books, novels and non-fiction ~ Canadian authors and illustrators. Blue Spruce is meant for younger children, Silver Birch for grades 3-6 and Red Maple for grades 7-8

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weneeddiversebooks - Twitter Search

weneeddiversebooks - Twitter Search | Books for Elementary Schools | Scoop.it
On Aug 3 @readingrainbow tweeted: "Congratulations to our friends @diverseb.." - read what others are saying and join the conversation.
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This is different; it's not a list of suggestions. Rather, a twitter link to We Need Diverse Books, #weneeddiversebooks   Consider your library/classroom students and whether your reading choices/selections reflect them and our world.

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Summer Reading List | Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)

Summer Reading List | Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) | Books for Elementary Schools | Scoop.it
Summer Reading List - Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC): http://t.co/6hK9AtpAVo
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I really don't think the list content matters (although my school library has a lot of the titles, so I do think they are excellent ), rather it's getting the parents to take the kids to the public libraries that matters.

Can you recommend decent strategies/suggestions to 'make' parents take their kids to the public library?  I already  promote via newsletter, school website and school sign.

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Awesome Books for Grade 1 - 6

Awesome Books for Grade 1 - 6 | Books for Elementary Schools | Scoop.it

Reading suggestions for Grades 1 - 6 @ Saratoga Springs Public Library. Hand-picked suggestions from their librarians.

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Obviously, the grade level recommendations can flow to other grades, yet it is interesting to see what a public library suggests. I love the bookshelf features. I don't know what program/app/pac the book shelf comes from. Once I hear back from SSPL webmaster, I'll update.

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Bustle

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Time's Top 100 YA Books ... lists are interesting. Lots of discussion about lack of colour (<< Canadian spelling, eh) of authors (protagonists too?) and non-YA titles making the list (e.g., Charlotte's Web  by E.B.White). I like lists because they make me think 'somebody' likes the titles and if I don't have them in my library, they may be worth investigating.

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Best Picture Books 2014 — Goodreads Choice Awards

Best Picture Books 2014 — Goodreads Choice Awards | Books for Elementary Schools | Scoop.it
Discover the Best Picture Books in the 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards, the only major book awards decided by readers.
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Goodreads is a very interesting site. Search almost any title and you get reviews by every day ordinary people (whatever that is).

From this list, Sparky is a sweet and quirky 'let others be' kind of story. What Do You Do With An Idea? is a great text for class discussion of inquiry, questioning and going beyond question and inquiry to DOING. QUEST rewards young readers who take time to imagine and dream while spending time with this book. Read the reviews ...

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Top Ten List: Favorite Postmodern Picture Books by Frank Serafini ...

Top Ten List: Favorite Postmodern Picture Books by Frank Serafini ... | Books for Elementary Schools | Scoop.it
What is interesting about postmodern picture books is not necessarily what they are, but what they can do for readers and literacy educators. Postmodern picture… ...
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I think of these as books that reward repeat readings. Kids seem to like them too.

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Narrative Nonfiction: Kicking Ass at Last - The Horn Book

Narrative Nonfiction: Kicking Ass at Last - The Horn Book | Books for Elementary Schools | Scoop.it

"We nonfiction writers are considered…well…educational. Boring. Outside our tight quarters, the baying and shouting and enthusiasm goes to the fiction writers. But look at what has happened in the past few years.…"

 


Via Leslie Whidden
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Adding this makes Leslie happy. It demonstrates 'real' is popular, valid and worthwhile reading. For those who don't like 'stories' this is a sneaky way to get empathy engendering materials into their hands. We just have to find what the non-readers of fiction want to read.

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Leslie Whidden's curator insight, April 24, 2013 4:45 PM

CNF is for children and YA, too. We've seen many award winning narrative nonfiction books in the past few years.

Gregory Harris's comment, April 24, 2013 10:19 PM
Wow! Real stories for kids! What will they think of next?
Cindy Reardon's curator insight, May 20, 2013 9:08 PM

Looking at Non-fiction.

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Teach Mentor Texts: The Black Rabbit

Teach Mentor Texts: The Black Rabbit | Books for Elementary Schools | Scoop.it
The more I think about this book, the more I like it. I'm recognizing so many more ways to use this book as a mentor text. There are various different good reading strategies to apply while reading depending on what you want ...
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I like Teacher Mentor Texts for the quick descriptions about the books and suggested uses in the class. While 'not news', this review has the idea of using a single book for multiple teachings/learnings across various grades.

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CCBC Bibliographies & Booklists

CCBC Bibliographies & Booklists | Books for Elementary Schools | Scoop.it
Such amazing booklists for kids & Teens by theme at http://t.co/1QgpeKLVfr by Cooperative Children's Book Centre
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Lots and lots of lists, e.g., 50 books on Grief, 50 books on Peace and Social Justice. Lots of categories too.

http://www.education.wisc.edu/ccbc/books/bibBio.asp

When you click on a book title, you get to a cover shot and a concise overview of the contents.

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Reading Mentor Texts

Reading Mentor Texts | Books for Elementary Schools | Scoop.it
picture book suggestions to teach various reading strategies here http://t.co/kip7gUgRhy #mnwcougars
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Repeat posting ... Recently, parent volunteers and student library helpers have been adding these reading strategy labels as tags to my school library's database. This has greatly improved search and find capabilities. Next step is to promote use among teachers and create visibility of these resources.

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Stack Overflow: Comics and Graphic Novels | GeekDad | Wired.com

Stack Overflow: Comics and Graphic Novels | GeekDad | Wired.com | Books for Elementary Schools | Scoop.it
To follow up my picture book round-up last month, I give you another edition of Stack Overflow. This time, I focus on comics — some for kids, some for adults, but all good reads.
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Some dandy titles. Some would be better suited for Young Adult classification in an elementary school library.  Three Shadows is in my personal collection. It would have a limited audience among 13 year olds. So what's my point? It's not easy navigating censorship, taste, appropriateness, substituting my opinions over the rights of free speech. A few years ago, School Library Journal had a great article regarding teacher librarians self censoring ... http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA6632974.html ;

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