During the first few weeks of reader’s workshop, the focus is necessarily on introducing routines, building stamina, and exploring the classroom library. At the same time, I need to immerse my students in the culture of reading by getting lost in good books together. There isn’t a moment to waste in initiating my students into our reading cult! How do I accomplish both goals at the same time? I use picture books that celebrate reading as a springboard into our discussions about reader’s workshop routines and expectations. Read on for my favorite picture books about reading and how I use them to launch our reader’s workshop.
Guest blogger Becky Morales, creator of Kid World Citizen, offers five ideas for using literature about children and families in other parts of the world to broaden the minds of U.S. elementary students.
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The children's laureate Malorie Blackman is interviewed by teenager Megan Quibell at the very first Young Adult Lit Convention (YALC) held at Comic Con earlier this month. So one year into her laureateship, how's it going?
A forthcoming paper by researchers in France and Norway suggests that there may be some cognitive drawbacks to reading even short works of literature on a screen.
Claudia M. Reder's insight:
Why is it that emotional responses were similar, as were character, setting and plot details, but kindle readers scored much lower on putting the plot points in correct order. Researchers want to know why there was a difference.
BookPage Children's Top Pick, August 2014 There are lots of picture books about children who worry, ones that try in various ways to reassure children that everything, in the end, will be OK. But I can promise you that you haven’t seen one quite like Anthony Browne’s What If . . . ? In a story that manages to be offbeat, cryptic and comforting all at once, a young boy named Joe...
Local literacy experts talk about the effect of illiteracy on children and how and why Tulare County's 32 percent illiteracy rate needs to change (“@vtdfuji: The impact of illiterate children http://t.co/tXkMkXzkHe...
The children’s title “And Tango Makes Three” sparked controversy when it was first published in the United States in 2005. The illustrated book tells the real-life story of two male penguins who hatched an egg together at New York’s Central Park Zoo.
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At the American Psychological Association's 122nd Annual Convention, which wrapped up the week in Washington, D.C., York University psychologist Raymond Mar led a presentation on the important and oft forgotten role of narrative fiction, highlighting its ability to instill empathy.
BookPage contributor Julie Danielson features authors and illustrators on her children's literature blog, Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast. Her book, Wild Things! Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature, written with Betsy Bird and the late Peter D. Sieruta, is out now. This lively and well-researched book sheds light on some of the common misconceptions about children's...
Education is broadening its focus from main academics to include emotional and social skills. Empathy is a skill that is increasingly sought after, not just in classrooms, but also in professional spaces.
But how does one learn empathy? Read. Read more.
Research shows that reading literature helps readers understand characters, their thoughts, motivations, and feelings.
Readers also predict what will happen next to characters, and link actions to consequences. These skills translate to the real world, where readers can understand the motivations and feelings of people they interact with, as well as predict what they may do next.
Why are employers emphasizing empathy?
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image source: Youth reading, Persian miniature by Reza Abbasi, 1625-6