Friday, January 18, 2013
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Teachers and school librarians—are you ready to meet the Common Core Standards in your classroom? Get ready with books that are recommended by the Common Core State Standard Initiative.
Grades K–1 Text Exemplars
Amazing Whales! by Sarah L. Thomson
Fire! Fire! by Gail Gibbons
Follow the Water from Brook to Ocean by Arthur Dorros
Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel
Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik, illustrated by Maurice Sendak
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
My Five Senses by Aliki
Owl at Home by Arnold Lobel
Starfish by Edith Thacher Hurd
Truck by Donald Crews
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Grades 2–3 Text Exemplars
Ah, Music! by Aliki
Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
A Medieval Feast by Aliki
Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
Where Do Polar Bears Live? by Sarah L. Thomson
Grades 4–5 Text Exemplars
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Horses by Seymour Simon
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Volcanoes by Seymour Simon, illustrated by Marc Simont
Grades 6–8 Text Exemplars
Dragonwings by Laurence Yep
The American Reader: Words that Moved a Nation, 2nd Edition, edited by Diane Ravich
Black Boy by Richard Wright
Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Richard lattimore
“Our Town” by Thornton Wilder
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Use Barnes & Noble's Educator Appreciation Days discount on these common core books this week!
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Here are just a few of the highlights.
Ms. Miller's novel—
winner of the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction—beautifully brings to light the romantic love between the narrator and Achilles ("[A] timeless love story."—O magazine)—and those teaching gay literature as well as professors of the classics were happy to have a copy.
Blum's book has been adopted all over the country. It has had great success for us in specialized courses like this, but also in Freshman Common Read programs. The variety of its adoptions is a testament to Blum's ability to illuminate complicated, abstract material in a highly understandable and actually perceptible way. In his book, Blum brings the physical, visible infrastructure of the internet to life, and a clear picture of its reality emerges from the amorphous concept of the "web" that many of us have always had in our heads.
P.S. If you're interested in cyber warfare, you may also want to check out another great HarperCollins book, Cyber War by former presidential advisor and counter-terrorism expert Richard A. Clarke.
Monday, January 7, 2013
The next day, the convention hall opened to conference-goers at 3pm, and as people started to wander in, I learned what texts history professors and AHA members are truly excited about. Anne Hyde's Empires, Nations, and Families was definitely a standout. We sold out on the second day, spurred, of course, by its distinguished status as a finalist for the Pulitzer, excellent word of mouth, and Anne Hyde's talk at the conference, which a number of people came to the booth lauding (Hyde also stopped by the booth to check in, which was very cool). Other big sellers were The Storm of War, Stasiland, Tinderbox, The Partnership, and A Train in Winter.
The conference was a lot calmer than my first one. It was nice to really get to speak with the historians who came up to the booth about what they were teaching and what they were interested in. A few told us how much they love our books for their students, which was really nice to hear.
It was a wonderful second conference, and I know that this is how I ended my post about NCTE, but it would be a crime if I didn't mention the food in New Orleans. I'm coming to realize that conferences = amazing food in new places, and I could not be happier about it. I think I may have taken a few years off of my life with all the artery-clogging deliciousness that I consumed, but let me tell you, IT WAS WORTH IT. I don't think I've ever been to a city with better food, which was definitely a nice topper to a great working weekend.