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Book Resources for Teachers and Librarians


Are you ready for back to school visits, teacher requests and events at your library?   

As I continue to work on teacher requests, I started to pull together all of my favorite new books matched up with a teacher resource.  There are so many amazing new resources available.  Teachers are beyond busy so when will they use themOne of the best ways to share new book resources is at the beginning of the school year at a staff meeting.   Create a pop – up program at your library or school and rotate out a new book with an activity each week.  A few more options:  print out a few of the resources and include them in your teacher request books or add the links on the teacher request page on your website or a teacher’s bibliocommons book list.

Where do you find new teacher resources?

I find most of my resources at ALA Conferences, publisher’s newsletters and twitter announcements from authors and illustrators.  At ALA in Chicago, I collected a small selection of resource guide treasures (Thank you publishers!).  Holiday House shared Before She Was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome, illustrated by James E. Ransome (November 2017) and included an amazing Educator’s Guide filled with classroom discussions, activities and internet resources.  Candlewick Press handed out an activity page with a maze and a sneaky trick matching page for Triangle by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen.  So many fun ideas!

I also raced to Kohl’s a few weeks ago (along with every other teacher and librarian) and purchased an armful of new friends including the pigeon and other Mo Willem’s stuffed animals and one fabulous activity book – Don’t Let the Pigeon Finish This Mini Activity Book! by Mo Willems and You (96 pages of games, events and hot dogs!).   The activity book is filled with drawing and writing ideas which are perfect for sharing with children, teachers, librarians and more.

What new children’s book resources are you sharing?

Discover a selection of new books and engaging resources for teachers and librarians.

A selection of favorite new books and activities:

Baxter is Missing (Owl Diaries) by Rebecca Elliot
Before She Was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Grace Hopper Queen of Computer Code by Laurie Hallmark 
Grand Canyon by Jason Chin
If You Were the Moon by Laurie Purdie Salas
If Your Monster Won’t Go To Bed by Denise Vega, illustrated by Zachariah OHora
Jasmine Toguchi, Super Sleuth by Debbi Michiko Florence
Love the World by Todd Parr (Fall 2017)
Noisy Night by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Brian Biggs
Splatypus by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen. Illustrated by Jackie Urbanovic
What Is Chasing Duck? By Jan Thomas
What This Story Needs is a Vroom and a Zoom by Emma J. Virgan
Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

Publishers: New Resources, Downloadable kits and more:

Candlewick PressMy First Book Club –Explore. Discover. Imagine. Share.   Discussion questions, group activities, time line questions and coloring pages for The Princess in Black, Mercy Watson to the Rescue, Henry Aaron’s Dream and Rocky Zang in The Amazing Mr. Magic.  Discover an amazing selection of resources for all of your favorite books!
DK Publishing – DK Find Out! Match up your favorite DK book and find out more on their website!  Quizzes, videos, lesson plans and more fun facts!
Chronicle Books: Say Zoop! By Herve Tullet and more amazing resources.
Holiday House – Before She Was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome, illustrated by James E. Ransome (November 2017) Classroom Discussion, activities and internet resources
Little Brown Little Brown – Educator Guides, Podcasts and Videos – Radiant Child by Javaka Steptoe – Educator’s Guide – Lesson plans, writing ideas and more!
Macmillan Children’s Books – Don’t Blink by Tom BoothStorytime Activity Kit (Love this! Memory Game! Face Masks ! One of my favorites to share at story time / preschool teachers). Explore activity kits: New Birdy Tweets by Aaron Reynolds, Dogosaurus Rex by Anna Staniszewski and more!
Penguin Random House / Read Brightly – Back to School 2017 – Reads to Get Kids Ready, Tips for Parents & Educators, and More.  A wonderful selection of back to school resources – printables too!

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