2016 Rebecca Caudill Resource List

Jul 9th, 2015 Book Reviews, Lists Rachel Reinwald 1 min read

Clicking on the title of the book will bring you to my review of it. If there is an additional resources link next to it, that means I included another post on how to connect this to your classroom. This Journal Belongs to Ratchet (Nancy Cavanaugh) Will in Scarlet (Matthew Cody) Mountain Dog (Margarita Engle) Michael Vey: the Prisoner of Cell 25 (Richard Paul Evans)…

GBLT in Library News

Jun 24th, 2015 Lists, Teen Rachel Reinwald 7 min read

June is ending and thus is my spotlight on GBLT issues (although, hopefully they will continue to be sprinkled throughout my posts). If I had the time to respond and synthesize my thoughts on all of the great articles out there this month, I would. But I don’t. So here’s a roundup of what I’ve been reading but don’t have time to fully comment on….

Early Literacy Research for Parents

Jun 20th, 2015 Early Literacy Skills, Lists Rachel Reinwald 1 min read

I teach a storytime for 3-month-olds to 15-months. We do the usual books, songs, fingerplays, social time, and early literacy tips that are provided by ECRR. But I feel a lot of times that those things become so routine that the parents start to gloss over the research that backs this type of program. If parents are more aware that this isn’t just play time,…

GBLT books for teens and youth

Children & Teen Book Reviews for GBLT Pride Month

Jun 4th, 2015 Book Reviews, Lists, Teen Rachel Reinwald 1 min read

June is National LGBT Pride Month. June was chosen to honor the Stonewall riots that took place in June of 1969 in Manhatten. In the 60s, homosexuality was not widely accepted. The Stonewall Inn was a “gay bar” where people could feel safe socializing without being subject to hate crimes (which they sometimes where anyways in transit to or from there). Police would raid these…

National Bike Month Books

Celebrate National Bike Month with Books

May 28th, 2015 Book Reviews, Lists Rachel Reinwald 5 min read

May is National Bike Month. Celebrate by reading a picture book on biking. The usuals are the bike themed Curious George, Franklin, Arthur, Ruby and Max, Bear on a Bike, etc… but I was looking for a few more. There are surprisingly only a few books specifically on bikes, and most of them are not all that great. Hey, all you writers, we need a…

books that encourage compassion and kindness

20 Picture Books That Encourage Compassion and Kindness

May 19th, 2015 Lists Rachel Reinwald 16 min read

Directly teaching children social and emotional skills has a two-fold effect: students learn how to deal appropriately and effectively with feelings and learn to relate to others. If students learn to consider others and don’t feel scared or intimidated about contributing and trying new things, they will learn better. The affective domain in teaching considers students’ motivations, perceptions, attitude and values. Discussing these openly through…

10 Asian American Picture Books

Celebrate Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month with Picture Books

May 14th, 2015 Lists Rachel Reinwald 11 min read

Celebrate Asian American Heritage Month at your library this May. A book display can be assembled using the Asian/Pacifica American Awards for Literature. You can do crafts and activities that celebrate the culture, and you can incorporate books with Asian characters into your storytimes. Of course, this isn’t the only time you should spotlight Asian characters in your collection. Diverse books should be integrated year…

15 Great Teaching Books

Apr 20th, 2015 Lists, Professional Development Rachel Reinwald 8 min read

As a school services librarian, I continually purchase for the teaching collection, a section of our library that has books that help teachers and homeschooling parents find teaching resources and information on teaching practice and theory. A couple of popular topics teachers are looking for include differentiating instruction, Common Core and Next Gen Science Standards help, Student Learning Objectives design and Response to Intervention. Our…