These links are interviews with educators, posts from our authors' and friends' blogs, and any interesting, newsworthy item from the past seven days. Check back each week for a new round of finds!
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The deadline to apply for Penny Kittle's Book Love Foundation book grant is March 1. Each year, the Book Love Foundation funds classroom libraries of up to 500 books.
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Fran McVeigh wrote about her most anticipated Spring 2016 books on her blog. Some Heinemann titles made her list!
Waiting is so hard… sometimes waiting on “new friends” is harder than waiting on Christmas. Where will you start? What books are on your professional reading list? Do you share “your reading plans” with your students?
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At The Nerdy Book Club, author Jen Serravallo wrote about all the different ways to support independent reading without resorting to multiple choice quizzes:
Many teachers book talk with their whole class, which I think is a great practice to generate buzz in your larger community. I also like to pull small groups of students together to do book talks on books I think they’ll not only love but that also are ones that won’t be too challenging for them, since I know that within any whole class there are likely to be a wide range of abilities. I also encourage children to book talk favorites with their peers.
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You might be reading this link round-up over the weekend of the Academy Awards, which pit films against each other as if art can be a competition. This article from The Atlantic starts out in that way—using an unproductive art v. art argument—but there are some very interesting points about how fantasy stories help build children's imaginations:
“Kids think through their problems by creating fantasy worlds in ways adults don’t,” Griswold says. “Within these parallel universes, things can be solved, shaped and understood.” Just as children learn best through hands-on activities, they tend to process their feelings through metaphorical reenactments. “Stories,” Griswold noted, “serve a purpose beyond pleasure, a purpose encoded in analogies. Story arcs, like dreams, have an almost biological function.”
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That's it! Be sure to check back next week for another round of links. If you have a link or a blog, be sure to mention them in the comments below. You can also email them to us or tweet at us. We're pretty available over here. Cheers to your weekend!
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