Connecting K-6 Teachers With Great Books

My goal is to create a resource for teachers, home schoolers and anyone interested in quality books for children. Each title is one I have carefully evaluated and selected to support curriculum as well as your class read-alouds. Elementary school librarians are losing their jobs nationwide resulting in the loss of this valuable resource for students and teachers. I have 35 years experience working with kids and their books, so you can consider me your personal librarian!

New categories and titles will be added weekly. You can submit comments, suggestions and curricular areas for which you need resources. Share books that you have had success with.
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"Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries."    Anne Herbert

April is National Poetry Month, 2013

This varied selection has something for everyone! Sign up above to receive an email when I make a new post.  Like us on Facebook.  You can also see new posts […]

New & Fun to Read-Aloud!

Look here for fun new books to read-aloud. Sign up above to receive an email when I make a new post.  Like us on Facebook.  You can also see new […]

True Stories of Courage

Inspire your student with these extraordinary true accounts. Sign up above to receive an email when I make a new post.  Like us on Facebook.  You can also see new […]

Physical Science for 5th & 6th Graders

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More Personification

Add these little gems to your collection of books showing personification. Sign up above to receive an email when I make a new post.  Like us on Facebook.  You can […]

On-Line Classes

Some of you may be interested in taking the 2 distance learning classes I offer through The Innovative Northwest Teacher (TINT). These are 3 quarter credit continuing education classes with […]

Biographies and Common Core

Picture book biographies are fantastic examples of Narrative Nonfiction emphasized in Common Core.  Publishers have given us outstanding books in this genre for the past several years.  They have branched […]

Caldecott and Newbery Winners, 2013

Congratulations to the winners!  This is the best list of winners and Honors I have seen in several years. Sign up above to receive an email when I make a […]

Life Skills for 5th & 6th Graders

The way you see people is the way you treat them, and the way you treat them is what they become. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Sign up above to receive […]

Point of View

Try these great titles with strong points of view to support your Language Arts Common Core curriculum. Sign up above to receive an email when I make a new post.  […]

New Read-Alouds for a New Year

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Great New Read-Alouds for a New Year: 2013

  These ten books will liven up your read-aloud time! Sign up above to receive an email when I make a new post.  Like us on Facebook.       […]

Real People Making a Real Difference

These picture book biographies are perfect choices to support Common Core goals in Literary Nonfiction, as well as Science and Social Studies curriculum. Sign up above to receive an email […]

Animal Homes

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There’s Something

There’s something in their eyes There’s something in their hearts There’s something in their souls That longs to hear a story There’s something in their eyes, That sparkles like a […]

Winter Warmth

These seven fiction and informational titles are perfect wintertime read-alouds. Sign up above to receive an email when I make a new post.  Like us on Facebook.       […]

Engaging New Read-Alouds

Publishers have brought us several new read-alouds that will make your students, laugh, think, feel and identify with great characters. Subscribe above to get an email when I make a […]

Fantastic Individuals

Known or unknown, all of these individuals made the world a better place.  Your students will be amazed and inspired! Sign up above to receive email notifications when I make […]

Seeds and Plants

A good gardener always plants 3 seeds – one for the bugs, one for the weather and one for himself.  Leo Aikman Subscribe above to receive email notifications when I […]

Ocean Life

These great non-fiction books will fascinate your kids and support your Science curriculum. Subscribe above to receive email notifications when I post new recommendations.  Visit my new Facebook page!   […]

Fascinating Animals

I recommend these excellent non-fiction books to support your Life Science curriculum. Subscribe above to receive email notifications when I post new recommendations.               […]

Picture Book Biographies

Real people who have made real contributions to our world! Subscribe above to receive email notices when I make a new post.         Summer Birds : The […]

It’s Read-Aloud Time!

Light up your read-aloud time with these winners! Be sure to subscribe above to receive emails when I submit a new post.                 […]

Bugs

                   

Biographies to Read-Aloud

Picture book biographies make excellent, exciting and informative read-alouds.                          

Celebrate National Poetry Month, April 2012!

Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.  Edgar Allan Poe                                     […]

Celebrate Earth Day with these great books for kids.

Add these titles to the other great books in last year’s Earth Day post. I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time […]

Spring is in the air!

“An optimist is the human personification of spring.” Susan J. Bissonette Here are my top picks for giving your kids spring book fever!            

Top Ten Picks from 2011

Who gets kudos and awards for the best children’s books of the year are always fun to debate and often hard to predict.  Below you will find top ten picks […]

Winter Fun!

  Add these great titles to last year’s post to enrich your Winter themes.  

Earth Day

Make every day Earth Day with these great books for kids! We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.  ~Native American Proverb We […]

Black History Month, 2013

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”   Frederick Douglass Choose from these exceptional new titles to add to your Black History collection. Sign up above to receive […]