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Fox, Mem. Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever. New York, Harcourt. 2001.
Mem Fox encourages us to bring children’s book alive with animated reflection, heart-felt drama and enthusiasm in an effort to heighten the enjoyment of reading. Children can discover the ‘magic’ in reading through modeling.
(Joy Hewitt, Nome Public Schools)


Fletcher, Ralph J., and Joann Portalupi. Nonfiction Craft Lessons: Teaching Information Writing K-8. Toronto: Stenhouse Pub, 2001.
(Tiki Levinson - see Goudvis and Harver titles below)



Freeman, Judy. Books Kids Will Sit Still For 3: A Read-Aloud Guide. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2006.
This book is indispensable for pulling together story times with a theme for primary students. The first sections of the book give some great tips for how to read aloud as well as some useful lesson plans. But the rest of the book is the “beef”: over 1700 book annotations with a subject index at the back. All annotations include age recommendations, suggested books to read at the same time, and suggestions for discussion questions. In all, this is continuously useful in the elementary school library.
(Rebecca Graham)



Goudvis, Anne, and Stephanie Harvey. Strategies That Work: Teaching Comprehension to Enhance Understanding. York: Stenhouse Publishers, 2000.

Harvey, Stephanie. Nonfiction Matters: Reading, Writing, and Research in Grades 3-8. York: Stenhouse Publishers, 1998.

These two books are companions to Craft Lessons: Teaching Information Writing K-8. I have utilized the information to create lessons in writing using information and I highly recommend them for your professional collections in elementary and middle school (or even for high school Title I). However, as I have explored the new Web 2.0 tools, I know I will be incorporating them into the new lessons I will be teaching. It isn't enough to allow students to play with these new toys, we also must ensure they are learning to incorporate content into the play.

(Tiki Levinson, contributor)


Horn Book Magazine[[http://www.hbook.com/|www.hbook.com]] . This journal critiques only juvenile literature and does a very excellent job at that. What I appreciate more are the articles, which keep me abreast of the trends in children's literature and provides information which I can use to convince others about the importance and beauty of children's literature.
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Horning, Kathleen T.. From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children's Books. New York: HarperTrophy, 1997.
In succinct but informative chapters, Horning addresses the process of publishing children’s books, categories and types of books, criteria for evaluating children’s books, and how to write reviews. Useful for librarians, teachers, and writers.
Ann Dixon

Keene, Ellin Oliver, and Susan Zimmermann. Mosaic of Thought, Second Edition: The Power of Comprehension Strategy Instruction . Port Melbourne: Heinemann, 2007. If you need a shot in the arm about strategies for reading this is the book you need. The book gives practical examples to teach reading using the National Council of reading concepts of making connections, visualization, questioning, drawing inferences, determining what’s important, and solving problems. This is also a book to share with your teachers.
Bonnie Cavanaugh

Knowles, Elizabeth and Martha Smith. Boys and Literacy : Practical Strategies for Librarians, Teachers, and Parents. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2005.
Research, activities, bibliographies on topics that appeal to boys, author websites and contact information. Organized by genre. K-12
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Krashen, Stephen D.. The Power of Reading, Second Edition: Insights from the Research . Port Melbourne: Heinemann, 2004. (Erika) Discusses Research and Reading. I used this book to back up my statements to get the "Improving Literacy through School Libraries Grant" Very interesting evidence in favor of high quality, large diverse collections.

"Library Sparks". Upstart Publishing, 2007.
A K-6 publication that includes bibliographies, lesson ideas with blackline masters, reader's theatre scripts and helpful internet connections in timely themes.
Leslie McNelly

A monthly periodical, "Library Sparks" provides opportune lesson ideas and plans, author connections, and links for up to date internet sites. Reader’s Theaters are provided for recently published titles, affording older students an opportunity to introduce new titles to younger students. Additional materials (i.e. blackline masters) as well as archived issues can be located on the website for this publication.
Piper Coulter

Russell, Carrie. Complete Copyright: An Everyday Guide For Librarians . Chicago: American Library Association, 2004.

This book is wonderful and every librarian should have a copy. It is easy to use, nicely indexed, and in a photocopier friendly spiral-bound format. Ms. Russell has granted “Creative Common” rights as well. I have found the world of copyright difficult to navigate at times; this title has provided many answers. (Faith Johnson)

County, Santa Clara. Where Do I Start?: A School Library Handbook (Professional Growth Series). Worthington: Linworth Publishing, 2000.
If you need a book to help train a volunteer or a new aid with no prior knowledge of the library, this book will give you most everything you will need. Edie Wichert

Schmoker, Michael J.. Results Now: How We Can Achieve Unprecedented Improvements in Teaching And Learning. Alexandria, VA: Association For Supervision & Curriculum Deve, 2006.
Wendy Stout

School Library Media Activities Monthly [[ www.schoollibrarymedia.com/ ]]. This monthly magazine offers several avenues for the school librarian. Ideas for various library lessons, websites, author and interesting viewpoints in the library world are offered. Most featured writers are university professors; several of which have presented at Alaska library conferences.
Leslie Gale


Slavin, Robert E.. Educational Psychology: Theory and Practice, Seventh Edition . New York: Allyn &Amp; Bacon, 2002.

Educational Psychology Theory and Practice by Robert Slavin is a nice general educational resource that examines how students learn and develop. It covers a wide range of topics dealing with how to motivate students, instructional strategies, assessments, etc. This resource also presents practical suggestions on how to put its theories into practice. It also provide case studies at the end of each chapter that provide valuable insight on how to put the theories and practices to use.

Diony Tribble

Trelease, Jim. The Read-Aloud Handbook. New York: Penguin Books, 1995. This book is aimed at parents, teachers and librarians. There is research supporting reading aloud as well as sustained silent reading. But, the best part of this book is the treasury of annotated read-alouds, complete with a subject and an author-illustrator index.
–Sharon Holland

Valenza, Joyce Kasman. Power Research Tools: Learning Activities & Posters . Chicago: American Library Association, 2000. (Erika)
A book all about Research, Bibliographies, and Strategies for Searching along with many many black line masters.

Williams, Robin. The Non-Designer's Design Book. Canada: Peachpit Press,2003. *Annotation: This short, easily understood book is "designed" to help (as it says in the title) lay people use these four basic principals of good design - contrast, repetition, alignment, and proximity (C.R.A.P.) in creating flyers, business cards, and other informational and advertising documents, and can be applied to Web Sites. The Non-Designer's Web Book, 3rd Edition, 2005, is available and relates specifically to Web design. Author-Designer Robin Williams also authored several books specifically designed for Mac users.
Alta Collins

Tollett, John, and Robin Williams. Robin Williams Cool Mac Apps, Second Edition: A guide to iLife 05, .Mac, and more (2nd Edition) (Robin Williams). Canada: Peachpit Press, 2005. This book is a guide for many Mac programs including imovie, garageband, icard, and idvd only to name a few. There are really helpful illustrations and step by step insturctions. This will be a great tool to help with technology projects.
Trudy McMullen

Heath, Marilyn. Electronic Portfolios: A Guide To Professional Development And Assessment. Worthington: Linworth Learning, 2004.
I picked up this book a couple of years ago when I was doing a portfolio as an alternative assessment. I really like the information on planning out and gathering you portfolio information, however, given what we have learned the last 2 days, I would certainly use a Wiki as my format for the project. Entered by Ann Morgester August 7, 2007.