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Celebrate Books Year-Round!
NCTE INBOX 5-14-13

Just in time for Children's Book Week, May 13-19, the NCTE Children’s Literature Assembly has announced its list of Notable Children’s Books in the English Language Arts (E, M). The list includes 30 works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry written for children in grades K-8. See the following selected resources from NCTE and for ideas on how you can celebrate books next week and all year:

NCTE Orbis Pictus Awards for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children (G)

A Master Class in Children's Literature: Trends and Issues in an Evolving Field (E-M) includes essays, written by educators, that focus on contemporary issues in children's literature and provide suggestions, strategies, and resources for implementation and instruction; each is applicable for teacher educators, teachers, and librarians in children's literature courses.

In the podcast series Chatting about Books: Recommendations for Young Readers (E), Emily Manning chats with kids, parents, and teachers about the best in children’s literature for ages 4 through 11 and includes reading tips and fun activities.

Text Messages: Recommendations for Adolescent Readers (M-S), also from, is a monthly podcast providing families, educators, out-of-school practitioners, and tutors reading recommendations they can pass along to teen readers. Episodes are hosted by Jennifer Buehler and feature in-depth recommendations of titles that will engage and excite teen readers.

Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE (ALAN) and its ALAN Review, a journal emphasizing new books, research, and methods of teaching adolescent literature

Teri Lesesne's "Adolescents Reading: A Field of Dreams?" (S) provides sure-fire approaches for helping students find books that engage them. 

"Young Adult Literature in Today's Classroom" (TE), from English Leadership Quarterly, discusses both the robust explosion of young adult literature and the debate about the reasons for its popularity and its value in the classroom.

Several NCTE journals review new texts:

Language Arts:  "Children's Literature Reviews" provides reviews of children's and young adolescent literature.

Voices from the Middle:  "Young Adult Literature" highlights new YA titles based on themes such as "Books That Hook" and "Adolescents and Adolescence: Turning Their World Upside Down." There is also a column, "Student to Student," which features reviews of children's and YA lit that are written by middle school students.

English Journal:  "Off the Shelves" explores a wide range of topics related to literature written for and/or read by young adults, with a strong emphasis on recently published works.

For more ideas, see the calendar entry on Children’s Book Week.


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