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K-12 Book Reviews

  • Motivating Readers With Humor

    In surveys of children’s reading preferences, funny books often top their lists, from classic stories of a motorcycle-riding mouse to the more recent pigeon who wants to drive a bus. Everyone loves to laugh but humor can often take several directions based on the readers themselves.

  • Challenged Books Can Hold Great Insight

    In honor of Banned Books Week and our right to read, the Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group takes a look at some of the challenged books during the past year.

  • Book Reviews: To the Borders and Beyond

    This week’s book reviews from the Children's Literature and Reading Special Interest Group invite readers to learn about the journeys of our nearest neighbors and others who broke the walls and boundaries that confined them.

  • Groundbreaking Reading Choices for Fall

    With so many wonderful selections of children's and young adult literature published this fall, we're sharing titles that really stand out for their unique content, presentation, or timeliness.
  • Book Reviews: Coping With Health Challenges, Building Compassion

    Much of the best children’s literature portrays characters as they face significant barriers or challenges.

  • Book Reviews: Getting the Year Started With a Good Book

    This week the members of the Children’s Literature SIG present books encompassing diverse life experiences for students of all ages. Some of these experiences are familiar, but many are novel and enriching, encouraging more learning moments for the students as they return to school.

  • Go Global! Multicultural Books for Children and Young Adults

    Just as multicultural literature for children and young adults allows readers to understand and appreciate the world around them, international and global books can help them understand the history, languages, and culture of nations around the world.

  • Book Reviews: We Love Graphic Novels!

    The Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group, reviews some of the 2014 titles that add to the growing body of graphic novels, a genre that is hard to define. From picture book to novel or from fiction to nonfiction, graphic novels are an increasingly popular visual literary art form that tells a story.

  • Blurring Boundaries with Multimodal Books for 21st Century Readers

    The Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group, share literature selections appropriate for younger readers (K-4) and older readers (5-12) to support students’ navigation and analysis of visual images and design. Books like these often blur genre elements and are highly interactive allowing for a broader range of readership.
  • Books Can Be a Tool of Peace

    Members of the Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group offer some book suggestions for titles encouraging a peaceful resolution to conflict. If all else fails, read and share a book.
  • Food For the Body, Mind, and Soul

    Whether you are feeding your emotions or intellect, you are heeding an ancient instinct when you prepare and share food.  This week’s book reviews from the Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group showcase the many dimensions of food.
  • Book Reviews: Celebrating the Arts

    As the arts continue to play a critical role in supporting literacy development, the members of the Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group (CL/R SIG) provide both nonfiction and narrative selections to integrate within the classroom. Each selection can be integrated within a theme and paired with other visual, print, and digital texts to foster a deeper appreciation for the arts and to explore multiple perspectives.
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