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Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: June 15: #BookAccess, #OwnVoices, #LoveOfReading + Enjoying Summer

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this week include #AchievementGap, #BookLists, #ChildDevelopment, #curiosity, #GraphicNovels, #gratitude, #GrowingBookworms, #IntrinsicMotivation, #OwnVoices, #parenting, #play, #ReadAloud, #reading, #rewards, #teaching, Bill Gates, Donalyn Miller, and libraries.

Top Tweet of the Week

BookWhispererMust read: "much of what we describe as the “achievement gap” is caused by differential access to books... Kids need books everywhere. They need , , + public ." https://t.co/wYJkWe22No

Book Lists

50+ Chapter Books (to add to your reading) good for Preschoolers + 3 Year Olds, from https://t.co/v3OFirzDlD

A Mighty Girl's Ultimate Guide to Girl-Empowering for Kids | | | Most of my daughter's faves are here

Diversity + Gender

Summing up a recent Controversy in |

Where Boys Outperform Girls in : Rich, White and Suburban Districts - (girls outperform boys on English tests either way) +

Events + Programs

FactfulnessVery cool: Bill Gates is giving a digital copy of the book FACTFULNESS (which I read b/c of his rec + really enjoyed) to all US college students graduating this spring:

Growing Bookworms / Summer Reading

On creating : "if we have not made a concerted effort to create life-long readers when they leave our system, perhaps we have failed in our ultimate goal", w/ questions for leaders https://t.co/XkwcP7MD0S

Make Room For Both Types of urges to give kids true free choice, unrestricted time so that they learn to LOVE reading | May all of my daughter's future teachers know this

— The Greatest Gift Your Kids Will Give You |

"I’ve learned that if I can keep my eye on the big goal of creating lifelong , I can’t rush them through this stage (choosing series books vs. "good" books). It is a critical stage in the life of a reader"

MrsSmithSpySchoolThoughts from on the benefits of , w/ designed to keep it FUN [Her book Mrs. Smith's Spy School for Girls is super-fun too]


Fusenews: A Giant Dance Party Changes Nothing (but it is fun) — has various tidbits to share

On Reading, Writing, Blogging, and Publishing

The Lion, the Witch + the Wardrobe voted the children’s book most UK adults want to read again, beating out The Secret Garden | | 2/3 of adults agree in bed helps w/ sleep

Your Brain on (Why Your Brain Needs You to Read Every Day) by | brain connectivity, more fluid reasoning, emotional intelligence + more

Read a book --- it could save your sanity » Study of 15k+ seniors found ' risk of developing dementia was significantly lower than non-readers via


RaisingHappinessA Family Guide to Surviving the Summer by | Creating new routines, limiting + raising expectations for chores sound right to me

How to not melt the couch, and other life skills to teach your kids this summer - Karen Weese | This is a pretty good, if ambitious, list ranging from how to iron to how to be a good guest |

The Perils Of Pushing Kids Too Hard, And How Parents Can Learn To Back Off | + |

Mr. Rogers's Simple Set of 9 Rules for Talking to Young Kids - Maxwell King -

How to Improve Verbal Communication With Your Child: "3) Read Together — Even When They Can Read Themselves. It is impossible to overstate the importance" of this

Schools and Libraries

Why Every Kinder and 1st-Grade School Day Should Begin with Inquiry + Imaginative by Olivia Wahl | Referencing

EverythingBeyond the Comfort Zone: Language Arts on how she gets buy-in from before letting kids reads books w/ controversial content

Noticing the Good Stuff in the : A Suggested Practice | | Share a |

Don't Use Gimmicks to Motivate Students - they take away - strive to inspire autonomy instead, says

It's Time to End Mandated Summer Assignments - rounds up ideas for promoting + instead https://t.co/BLQ86Dp8Rg

If This Is the End of Average, What Comes Next? | raises concerns w/ conclusions in book re:

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Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: June 8: The Marshmallow Test, Summer #BookLists + #FreeRangeKids

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this week include: #BookAccess, #BookLists, #GrowingBookworms, #GrowthMindset, #KidLitCon, #LoveOfBooks, #math, #OwnVoices, #play, #PoetryFriday, #SummerReading, #SummerSlide, #TeachersWrite, boys and reading, libraries, parenting, reading, willpower, and writing.

Top Tweet of the Week

The Marshmallow Test: What Does It Really Measure? responds to larger follow-up study suggesting affluence rather than willpower matters https://t.co/zaZcGLpd3y [One of my most popular links ever.]

Book Lists

WatermelonSeed 2018: for Preschool, TK + Kindergarten (ages 4-5) from (w/ links to other lists by age - follow Mary Ann's blog to see those)

30 Mighty Girl Books About Summertime Adventure, Growth, & Discovery | from | I bet boys would like these too |

Diversity + Gender

This: Expanding Empathy: Boys should be reading "Girl" Books says | "We shortchange boys and underestimate them when we don’t expose boys to stories with girl main characters"

Research on in Youth Literature, coedited by + Gabrielle Atwood Halko, is a new “peer-reviewed, online, open-access journal,” via

A Closer Look at 2017 Latinx Books from |

Events, Programs, and Research

The Incredibles to use superpowers for Card Sign-up Month in September | |

HartRisleyInteresting new results re: the '30 Million Word Gap' | Larger studies find much smaller gap + some would prefer to remove 'deficit thinking' of gap-focused mindset https://t.co/ECU6CzzWUd

Lots of food for thought here: The "Debunking" of Hart & Risley (30 million word gap) and How We Use -

, community of , , who believe people who write can teach more effectively, has 2018 virtual summer writing camp via

Teachers: Prepare your class for the 10th annual K-4 contest. This year's theme is Heroes (human or animal) https://t.co/t3G3L2GWYf

Growing Bookworms / #SummerReading

RT @MrsPStorytime: Need tips for ? I've gathered up so many FREE resources and activities to share with you! https://t.co/pig0jzD2jI

This post brought a little tear to my eye: How + her team Gave Every 7th grade Student a Book on the Last Day of School

Here's another teacher taking solid action to encourage in the classroom: Learn more about in podcast  https://t.co/YqCNzlK0z7

BookWhispererStrategies for Building A Culture of Independent in a 9th Grade English Class | |

Digital Device + Free Texts = Reading All Summer Long by

For thinking ahead to next year, here's a guide from founder on Getting Started with

How To Find Good Children's Books: The Best Tips and Tricks from | , professional sites, + more |

Challenge for Kids — 2018 Edition | Ideas from + for making a fun adventure | Read a then draw your own in chalk


KIDLIT_con_poster_final_web_smAnnouncing the Poster, designed by Isabel Roxas!

Hey there bloggers, here's a call for Roundup Hosts from

On Reading, Writing, Blogging, and Publishing

The Endless Possibilities of Story & : 3 ways + story change lives from

Guest Post : on Keeping it : Handling Tough Topics in Fiction | "First, don't be depressing"

Parenting + Play

GoodNewsBadBehaviorWhy Children Aren't Behaving, And What You Can Do About It : interviews author |

The Overprotected American Child: Parents + communities are figuring out ways to give their children more independence + become more self-reliant adults

What Kind Of Parent Are You: Carpenter Or Gardener? | shares interview w/ | often focus too much on who their kids will be as adults

An Overlooked Skill in : How to Have Fun - It's not just kids who benefit from more |

Schools and Libraries

Interesting discussion on idea of opening to slow the

3 Reasons for to Recognize Effort and Growth Over Achievement and Outcomes

How Is Increasing Engagement, w/ implementation tips  https://t.co/bBg5kvS7ds


HowToBakePiNeat idea: How To Bake ∏ (Pi): An Edible Exploration (w/ for ) of the of Mathematics by | Thoughts on the book from |

Latinx + African-American less likely to pass advanced , classes according to recent data

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Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: June 1: #Mysteries, #SummerReading, #GrowthMindset + #KidLitCon

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this busy week include #BookList, #DiverseBooks, #Grades, #GrowthMindset, #IdeologicalDiversity, #KidLitCon, #kidsneedbooks, #kidsneedmentors, #libraries, #OwnVoices, #play, #SchoolLibraries, #schools, #STEM, #SummerReading, censorship, growing bookworms, lego, math, mysteries, and reading choice.

Top Tweet of the Week

This is inspiring: A Fifth Grader’s Mission To Save His School’s Librarian |

Book Lists

Ada-Byron-Lovelace14 Books That Connect Students With Valuable Scientists' Struggles |

Books about Inventions and their Amazing Inventors! New

14 Kid-Approved Books for Advanced 1st + 2nd Grade Readers | from , + other great choices

8 Middle Grade for Fans of The Westing Game | |

50 Books for Super from Black Children's Books and Authors blog

If you are in need of a wide variety of suggestions, check out the List of Lists: May 25


On the blog: An Interview with Martin Sandler, author of Jr. High winner The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked, and Found


GirlsWhoCodeA Closer Look at 2017 African/African American Books from

RT @UChicagoLaw: "If conservatives and liberals refuse to attend college together... how can we expect to live and govern together?" Matthew Reade '21 (incoming 1L) pens op-ed about how he has benefited from spending time with those who do not share his views. https://t.co/Rqkio9RdlI

Events, Programs and Research

The Problem with - | "most students are not employing study strategies that mesh with self-reported learning preferences + the minority who do show no academic benefit"

Octopus AND - + teaming up to help kids learn to love +

Neat outreach program: Library in a Box: Jennifer Wharton assembles curated boxes of books, puts them in locations accessible to underserved families, in hopes of bringing them into the library

RT @RitaPlatt: Let's keep our kiddos reading this summer...in a really simple way. Try this experiment with me! Let's see how it goes!

Libraries of the Little, Free, and New Orleans Variety — is helping a highschooler collect books for one in the MS Delta

Mindset theory doesn’t translate directly from kids to adults – telling an adult they are a “hard worker” can backfire says new study – https://t.co/gomCmbrGcR

What's Going On In Your Child's Brain When You Read Them A Story? Study found the most benefit for young kids from listening while looking at pictures (vs. listening only or looking at video) https://t.co/zUhzkIPGfP

Growing Bookworms / Summer Reading

Best Programs, Contests + Challenges 2018 per , w/ reminder to skip any that add too much pressure for your child

AllTheAnswersThe Power of Sharing Stories in Stacks | Booktalking + individualized recommendations are key to nurturing readers in via

For – How to Create Great Experiences for All – tips from | "Visit places where books are present" + lots more

How + her 7th graders are making Plans, because " make plans"

This! "Stop killing the magic of books with required " says mom + reader https://t.co/HG3QB1cqOl

A dad's lament: "My Kid Won’t Read the Books I Pick Out for Her Anymore"

The results are in: is important for student achievement | | 85% of families involved in 2 studies said free books contributed to kids more

Major milestone: my daughter can read | Mom shares 3 things she's doing now (continuing to to her child, e.g.)

On Being Mindful of the Messages We Send Kids About Their Book Choices

15 Tips for Starting a Lifelong Conversation w/ Kids About Books |

Kidlitosphere / #KidLitCon

RichardPeckThe Children’s Literature Community Reacts to the Passing of — a roundup from

Exciting news from organizers + | We Won a Grant from Tourism Council! Should help w/ bringing excellent keynote speakers https://t.co/mNHDcdNRw2

SAVE THE DATE: 2019 in Providence, RI on March 22-23 | has the scoop on why to go:

New post from the blog: Our Latest Attendee List! – | + have a great crew of fans + creators lined up

On Reading, Writing, Blogging, and Publishing

ReturnToGoneAwayThis is fun: Literary Homes I'd Like to Live In, from | Me, I'd add the house from Return to Gone Away by Elizabeth Enright, and several from Zilpha Keatley Snyder

How to combat efforts to at a school: Read, Rise, Resist, Repeat by Kacy Smith


The power of through #play. + work to introduce concept in Malta, reports via

Kids do not spend nearly enough time outside. Here’s how (and why) to change that.

24 Arkansas elementary to expand recess next year in a pilot program via

Don’t rob your kids of outdoors free | "Let your kids be kids. The warm weather won’t last forever, and neither will their childhood. Enjoy both while they last."

Schools and Libraries

Arguments for Multi-Grade Classrooms in Today's | Krissa Mayhew | Preparation for adult world, individualized , etc. | Disadvantages not addressed here

Find Public Support as Campaigns for Higher Pay Goes to Voters - +  https://t.co/B3KaqSBL2L

PowerOfQuestioningWant to Give Up in your or ? Here's How You Can Get Buy-in -

Train Your to Think Like Researchers |Help them to maintain + take risks, says https://t.co/FmlAh8O4rw

If Supporting Passion Is So Important, What Do We Do If They Don’t Have Any? guest post:

Trial finds physically active academic school lessons boost pupils’ activity levels and focus –

Why Are the Leaders We Need -


Calculus Is the Peak of High School . Maybe It's Time to Change That - |

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Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: #ReadingChoice, Mysteries, #SummerReading + Vanity License Plates

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. It's a bit of a light week because I was traveling for work, but I do have a few links for you on: #BookLists, #mysteries, #ReadAloud, #SchoolLibrarians, #SummerReading, reading choice, schools, and teachers.

Top Tweet of the Week

Flood"I don’t censor the books my children read. I think they’ll be stronger for it" says | I agree with her.

Book Lists

for puzzle lovers, a from | to to

The Best Books for According to My Students 2018, a from


Today on the blog: Interview with Dori Hillestad Butler author of winner KING & KAYLA AND THE CASE OF THE SECRET CODE


Finding before they're : A Guide For , + from Kelly Jensen  https://t.co/ORlGZeYgjt

Growing Bookworms / Summer Reading

PassionateReadersOn Summer Checkouts | Some ideas from on how could help ensure access to books for kids over the summer

Why to Kids Helps Them Thrive, w/ tips for making the most of together - http://ow.ly/Mhlp30k5QIP

A request to from | Don't make end of year rewards about meeting some numeric goal. Celebrate each student's growth; the things they are proud of https://t.co/4RlL3YvMak

On Reading, Writing, Blogging, and Publishing

Book-Related Vanity License Plates | Now I want one


RaiseAnAdultIt is time to bring back the for teens. Here's why + tips for finding one. | quotes (one of my top recommended books for )

Schools and Libraries

How 100 low-income students meet goals of heading off to by | Way to go Cristo Rey Jesuit High School

Frontloading: The Great Equalizer – ctkreider | Providing w/ information before helps prepare them to learn, regardless of background deltas

Another unsurprising study: Nearly all spend own money on school needs

Literacy-essentialsIs joy the main event at your school? asks , w/ summary of ideas from new book by |

Fewer Suspensions, More ‘Hugs and Bubbles’: Oklahoma City’s Experiment in School Discipline - https://t.co/cwHo9gMRuc

U.S. State of the Union from | # of school librarians down 19% since 2000 / profession is evolving in different directions

Two studies point to the power of - relationships to boost - | platooning may be harmful, while looping is beneficial

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Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: May 18: #SchoolLibrarians, #SummerReading, #RosieRevere + #Math

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this week include #BookLists, #Coding, #CommonCore, #Curiosity, #DiverseBooks, #PBL, #SchoolLibrarians, #ScreenTime, #SummerReading, #testing, publishing, schools, teaching, and #RosieRevere.

Top Tweet of the Week

How Will Save the World by | Josh says we need to give them tools to teach |

Book Lists

TenNineEightBest Toddler Books (Books I Wish I Was Still Over and Over), a from | Most of these were faves in my house, too

Explore Your World: 30 Mighty Girl Books About Outdoor Discovery from to for about

Perfect Summer Kids and Parents Will Adore, from | My family is listening to right now |

Jasmine-toguchi-200x30020 Books for Young Readers To Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month & Year-Round | via

32 Titles for Every Day of Asian Pacific American History Month & Beyond | via https://t.co/2QxwGp7xQS

Some appealing titles here: A Top Fifteen List of in & Fantasy by |


VincentTheoOn the Blog: Interview with , author of Sr. High Winner VINCENT + THEO from

Events, Programs and Research

May Have Killed the Cat, But It Makes the via reviews recent study + shares tips for creating a culture conducive to curiosity at

Study concludes that Learn Less When They Sense Teacher Hostility - | snide remarks + sarcasm are a barrier to

Growing Bookworms / Summer Reading

I love this: 5 Great Places to Stash Books Around Your Home to Encourage by Lindsay Barrett

RT @KayeNewtonBooks: Reigniting a Passion for Summer Reading (and through out the year) ! https://t.co/FhbhIWSEq7

20+ Engaging Ideas from | activity calendars, superheroes, challenges + lots more

The summer conundrum: Fight , or give the kids a break? - Andrea Orr | | Personally I vote for the break but w/ plenty of

On Reading, Writing, Blogging, and Publishing

QuestioneersNew adventures await literary heroine (+ Ada Twist + Iggy Peck) as + launch series https://t.co/5RUoTbLmPv

A Salute to the Reprints from | Here’s to Getting A Second Chance in 2018

What are the ingredients of a universally appealing early fiction series? By

Schools and Libraries

How to Really Thank a by | Vote for politicians who believe in funding public , give teachers livable wages + resources

Can Change Measures of Success by Focusing on Meaningful Work Instead of Test Scores? | Amadou Diallo |

Supporting a real no-brainer | Studies show they impact student , espec. for students of color from disadvantaged neighborhoods

Poverty & Reading: The Sad and Troubling Loss of and Real Librarians + how it hurts kids in poor

The Anger Don’t Feel Comfortable Expressing, + some suggestions for calming that "ill-tempered beast"

Social Media and Screen Time

"Let’s find ways to work alongside (our kids) as they work to develop healthy, positive, and balanced habits" re: says https://t.co/DiZqDnNnmU


CommonCoreDummiesWhere "successful education starts; w/ adults who know what questions to ask + who have the skills to help children discover their own solutions

Teen entrepreneur thinks Aussies are overstating the importance of + should focus on softer skills like | via

In Op-Ed, argues that should stop encouraging kids to take + focus on things like + instead

16+ Outdoor Summer Activities for Kids, a roundup of ideas from blogs, etc. by

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Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: May 11: #Curiosity, #Treehouses, #SummerReading + #TeacherAppreciationWeek

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this week include: #BookAccess, #BookLists, #curiosity, #Cybils, #DiverseBooks, #FourTendencies, #GraphicNovels, #Homework, #KidsNeedBooks, #literacy, #nonfiction, #ReadAloud, #SchoolChoice, #SchoolLibraries, #SocialMedia, #SummerReading, #parenting, and #schools.

Top Tweet of the Week

Fabulous 8th Grade Reading - Perfect for (focused on contemporary ) from https://t.co/zkCfhz24c4

Book Lists

HotHotRoti2018 List for Grades PreK-8 | | There's a webinar on 5/16 to discuss

In the Classroom: Gateway and the Nonfiction Continuum | tips and from

I just downloaded a bunch of these as samples for potential : Witness, Murder, Killer: 13+ Mystery Titles for Ages 13 and up | from


SpillZoneOn the blog: Interview with + Alex Puvilland, authors of winner SPILL ZONE from


The Diversity Gap in Children’s Book Publishing, 2018 (narrowing but still large) |

RT @Reason: The liberal media's answer to ideological diversity concerns: ban conservatives, hire socialists https://t.co/Wm4uwahPhP

Research Summary: is Related to Greater College grads on both sides of the political spectrum are less tolerant of their political opponents than are people w/ less education

Events, Programs and Research

Author writes about how she (inspired by ) kicked off a movement that's resulted in stacks of books going to various

ScholasticSummer2018RT @ScholasticEd: The Scholastic Challenge starts today! Read more about how educators, public librarians and community partner organizations can help kids keep reading all summer long:

Appreciate Every Day, Not Just on One Special Week urges | is a noble calling

A recent NYU Steinhardt study shows that access to books remains a significant barrier to with children, but free book vending machine program helped some via

Dawn Finch urges participation in the campaign | Goal is for every UK schoolchild to have access to a great library + professional librarians

GardenerCarpenter Is a New Power in - In developing , scientists are starting to look to children for inspiration

by others is extremely effective – a new study tested a key reason why: retrieval practice – https://t.co/Q0KejBuODg

is key to early childhood success in and , especially for kids from poorer communities, according to new study https://t.co/g1iD0OyQzX

What About ? – agrees w/ that kids are more alike than different in how they learn

Growing Bookworms

MissSpidersTeaPartyLessons from Listening to Toddlers by Meghan Rose | They show memorization, ability to follow a

"And, here’s a big truth: The root of the big decline in a love for reading (by kids) is us, specifically the English Teacher" w/ suggestions for change | via

Creating Joyful Plans by | , partnerships, + more


FourTendenciesI have found learning about 's fascinating + illuminating. Here's an overview in : How These 4 Different Personality Types Find Motivation https://t.co/jIHMxcL1mF

These for Grown-Ups described in are awesome! I especially liked the one with a area https://t.co/r8WL9F560M

On Reading, Writing, Blogging, and Publishing

Storytelling Goes Graphic | Analysis of the boom via

Some interesting tidbits in Morning Notes: The Places You’ll Forget Edition — + more


Tips on helping talk to students about + boost their development, w/ strong sample questions | Max Brand

Schools and Libraries

TwiceExceptionalWhy So Many Gifted Yet Struggling Students Are Hidden In Plain Sight | Interview w/ +

Excellent piece: The Problem With Hurrying Childhood | "Kids should like school" + we should honor their growth

Interesting piece on how limitations from can trickle into , limiting student + hence enjoyment of

How to Plan and Implement In | has some ideas | https://t.co/CKZda5brMa

Trump Has Hurt Support for , But It Remains Popular, Survey Finds -

One Ohio 's Approach to Bad Behavior and Trauma - Katherine Reynolds Lewis | helping kids to manage "overwhelming feelings and control their impulses"

Some thoughts from on how the US should be Appreciating | | Respect, income commensurate w/ work / + resources

Social Media

BigDisconnectThe Teenage Trap - For some kids, hyper-vigilance that they maintain online is anxiety-producing | Jennifer Breheny Wallace https://t.co/si76jQUOOZ


Challenge Your Kids to Try Something New this Summer | the K-12 Game-a-thon asks kids to design a to solve a problem https://t.co/ed0MfALpxs

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Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: May 4: #StarWarsDay, #SummerReading, and #Reading + #Writing Interactions

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics for this Screen-Free Children's Book Week Star Wars Day include: #BookLists, #CBW18, #ClassroomLibraries, #DiverseBooks, #GraphicNovels, #math, #parenting, #play, #reading, #SchoolLibrarians, #ScreenFreeWeek, #SocialMedia, #STEM, #SummerReading, #SummerSlide, #testing, #writing, child development, education reform, happiness, Jo Boaler, learning, and skills development.

Top Tweet of the Week

12 tips for building a beautiful | "Work w/ your students to develop a list of recommended reads" + more

Book Lists

LMNOPeas24 Must Have Books for Babies (7-12 Months), a from

Diverse : Early (7-10 Year Olds) - from

Humor Hooks Readers: recommendations from the Bay Area Book Fest via

10 Books That Will Help You UP Your Classroom! by

AmalUnboundSouth Asian 2018 – Part 2: Novels | | "by a author, contains a South Asian Main Character, or involves South Asian culture"

Castles, Wands, and Unicorns: 15+ Fantasy Titles for Ages 8-12 | kicking off some from

Book Awards

Congratulations to for winning the 2018 Award for AFTER THE FALL | Announcement at  [Amazon link to After the Fall]

Today on the blog: An Interview with Renée Watson , author of winner PIECING ME TOGETHER  [Amazon link to Piecing Me Together]

Diversity + Gender

CItyOnTheOtherSideA paean to the great girls of 's from + why they are a wonderful opportunity for boys, too |

Silences Stories - on the need for + https://t.co/ii5IqJtFhg

Study: Colleges that have gone "test optional" (SAT/ACT) enroll a higher proportion of low-income + 1st gen + more from backgrounds

Events + Programs

Saturday is | interviews Day Founder

MayTheFourthThis Friday (today) is Star Wars Day: May the 4th Be With You | | thinking we should plan to watch movies all weekend, despite it being

The 99th annual Children's Book Week is April 30th to May 6th! What book are you reading to celebrate? | Find bookmarks + more here:

Ideas for Australia's Children’s Book Week in August 2018 from Most can apply for US too |

April 30-May6 is also Screen-Free Week

Growing Bookworms

How to Assess Skills Without Knowing the Book They Are Reading by | "Kids need relevant reading experiences that ... also help them grow or protect their love of reading."

The Real Reason to Read Children’s Books – 's students say her "matters because it shows that she cares about us"


For thoughts from on some recent + misc. news, see The Return of Five & Dime Friday: my five cents | Origami pasta that folds itself?

On Reading, Writing, Blogging, and Publishing

GoldenCompassIn Praise of Childhood Favorite Books, even those that lose their magic when you re-read as an adult (Inc. + for Laura Sackton )

No Surprise To , But It’s Nice To Have Evidence: Study Finds That Students Improve Their By | https://t.co/l8NrQz2QHh

9 Ways & 'Feed' One Another From Birth

2018 "may be the best year ever" says + provides examples

Parenting, Happiness + Play

RaisingHappinessWhy Aren’t Happy | Suggestions from for pushing back on things that make us too busy to enjoy life | Stop "shoulding" on yourself [Amazon link to Raising Happiness book]

"It needs to be understood that and are not two different things. Instead, play and learning work together"

Schools and Libraries

are Rockstar Resources - A reminder from | "School are vital to student learning as early as kindergarten"

Tips from on using in , w/ 3 suggested titles

HowReadingChangedLifeHow helps her plan for their "For me, summer reading is the best kind of reading, and I want my kids to know that feeling too."

Understanding the : Sharing Data with and by |

Dear Administrators – A Few Ideas to Motivate from | "Trust us to be professional", "Help us forge connections" + more

School Improvement Program, driven by things asked for (counseling, etc), Receives Student Buy-In |

How One NYC Is Trying To Transform a serving some of the city's poorest students - lots of reaching out to help w/ problems in community

It's All About the Books | recommends 's new book about how + why to create +

Skills Development

RebelTalentWhen Solving Problems, Think About What You Could Do, Not What You Should Do [Amazon link to Rebel Talent book]

How You Can Raise Robot-Proof Children (kids ready for the jobs of the ) by

High-Paying Trade Jobs Sit Empty, While High School Grads Line Up For University : via | should make kids more aware of different options |

Social Media

Sigh. Recent studies suggest that some are anonymously posting negative things about themselves on , to

5 Tips to Tame Compulsive Checking of during next week's from


Professor Wants Everyone to Love , and focus more on depth than speed –

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Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: April 27: #ScreenFreeWeek, #NoMoreMeanGirls, #AccessToBooks, #Testing + #STEAM

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this week include: #AccessToBooks, #BarbaraBush, #BookLists, #crafting, #creativity, #Cybils, #IdeologicalDiversity, #parenting, #poetry, #ReadAloud, #ScreenFreeWeek, #STEAM, #STEM, #testing, book awards, education funding, kidlitosphere, libraries, and mean girls.

Quote of the Week

GiftOfFailure“The less we push our kids toward success, the more they will learn. The less we use external, or extrinsic, rewards on our children, the more they will engage in their for the sake and .” in The Gift of Failure

Top Tweet of the Week

Preserving the Early Excitement of once get to by Kamalisha Green

Book Lists

24 Must Have Books for Babies (0-6 Months) | from

South Asian 2018 – Part 2: | detailed w/ synopses + author bios from https://t.co/a6m8zn2UKR

HauntedLibraryLittle Detectives: Books for 6- to 8-Year-Olds | from https://t.co/0hNSj8FHQm

Great Books for | from + her7th graders + more

Cybils Awards

New blog post: with Suzanne Selfors, author of Early Chapter Book winner WEDGIE & GIZMO from


UncensoredZachary R. Wood: Why it's worth listening to people you disagree with | "We get stronger" via [Wood has a book coming out this summer that looks interesting.]

THIS is what I've been talking about re: need for : A Warning to My Fellow Liberals from | Just signed up for updates

When Visited Wellesley | People should make an “effort to learn about and respect difference, to be compassionate with one another, to cherish our own identity and to accept unconditionally the same in others.” |

ScreenFreeWeek2018Events, Programs + Research

Next week is | suggests 50 screen-free activities for celebrating: blocks, books, bikes, games, kites + lots more https://t.co/2rBXDmh3FL

Putting the FUN in ! at the Bay Area Book Festival, April 28th | is moderating discussion w/ LeUyen Pham, Megan McDonald, +

New Research Center for the Study of is Open at Columbia: "recognizing that visionaries such as Albert Einstein experienced failure can... help students perform better in school"

Growing Bookworms

ReadingInTheWild" increases children’s future prospects + has a significant influence on the level of they will attain, their productivity, their health + their quality of life" https://t.co/b8BGx07gTU

How I Read as a Leader – 5 excellent suggestions from elementary principal for being an intentional + inspiring others  https://t.co/gp3Bp6zgdP


The 2018 Progressive Poem is well in hand. Here's 's contribution had the original idea.

Lots of interesting tidbits (including suggestions from ) in Morning Notes: The Vanisher Edition —

On Reading, Writing, Blogging, and Publishing

WarriorsThis made me smile: How I became trapped in a fictitious universe, in which shares his recent experience with the books

Us, Too. muses on what to do when "the perfect book for a child" was written by someone who has "behaved appallingly" in some way https://t.co/cI1bgDYWwz

Research study: Our brains rapidly and automatically process opinions we agree with as if they are facts –


The Best Kid Made Modern Projects ( Has No Limit) - via

NoMoreMeanGirlsHelping Young Girls Find Their Voice While Developing |

Understanding the Difference Between a 'Late' Reader and a Child with a Learning Issue | Laura Lambert https://t.co/cG3dRG5dXy

Schools and Libraries

RT @HeinemannPub: "If you read aloud regularly to your students, you know: there is no time in the day quite like read aloud time. A good read aloud can bring a group together like nothing else." by

How States Stack Up on Federal Funding for Teachers, Low-Income Students -

Fighting Cuts: How To Keep in | via

IGenOP-ED: Why our youngest generation needs your compassion by via | a reflects on by

Does a lack of executive function explain why some kids fall way behind in school? - on recent research study |

Here’s What Happens When Every Gets a Personalized Learning Plan | "All students can learn; however, not all students learn in the same way or at the same pace"


A Passion for in Retirement - helps girls w/ Amazing Girls Science by

Testing / Assessment

State Tests Do Not Assess Student , says | And as more families , results mean even less |

"We’re so focused on that we’re neglecting to expose pupils to ideas and experiences beyond the classroom" via @storimagic

Trump Education Official Jason Botel to States: Don't Forget About , indicators Under -  https://t.co/JILaGUIkR5

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Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: April 20: #NAEP Results, #Teaching, Various #Diversities, and #STEM

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this busy week include #BookLists, #Cybils, #DiverseBooks, #IdeologicalDiversity, #introversion, #LibraryWeek, #MentalHealth, #NAEP, #SocialMedia, #STEM, #StorytimeFromSpace, #testing, parenting, reading, schools, #play, and teaching.

Top Tweets of the Week

Make Connections for Your by following these 6 Advocates for School Library Month

Seven reasons people no longer want to be | written in Australia but , lack of autonomy + "work intensification" sound universal

Book Lists

NotQuiteNarwhalRA RA Read: Pink + Fancy (now w/ unicorns + miniatures) | A guide to books + series from Jean Little Library

7 books with great scenes to read during | On Our Minds

Beloved Books: 50 Classic Stories | + lots more

Huh, I Wonder Which Children’s Books Are in the Top 100? — shares the sometimes surprising results, without comment

Rosewotwn3 New Books Starring Tween | reviews by

Favorite Theme Books + Activities for Kids from


Today on the blog, an interview with , author of Middle Grade Fiction winner REFUGEE (from )

Diversity + Gender

MommysKhimarIn Search of Missing Children: Why Representation in Is So Important | Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

Thinking About Children’s Literature in a Time of | the need for Jewish beyond the + lots more via

RT @DTWillingham: When asked to draw a scientist, do children draw a male or female? Changes over time ($) https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/cdev.13039

On Life Balance from "If you have a lot of friends on one side of the spectrum, you should balance it out with at least a few from the other side. O/w you’ll find yourself living in an echo chamber."

Silicon Valley's Dangerous Political Blind Spots - Will lack of + presence of monoculture doom big tech companies?

Events + Programs

RosieRevereThe Storytime from program is very cool. Watch astronauts read , promoting + together

Growing Bookworms

to Young Children Has Benefits for Behavior + Attention - on recent study https://t.co/S7Xj1CkqQm

Your Guide to Beginning Chapter Book Series for New from + more

Narrow vocabulary 'hits pupils' grades'. Teachers "blame the "word gap" on too little reading for pleasure"  https://t.co/qYaOqXGkX7


Science Discovered That Banning Small Talk from Your Conversations Makes You Happier (bet this is extra true for ) | 13 better questions to ask from https://t.co/CNmvw1QACG


Fusenews: Eat Your Heart Out, “Awful Library Books” — | kids' humorous contest, children's illustrator greeting cards + more news


Parent + elementary principal will occasionally take her kids' books away as a consequence | I have done this occasionally but remain conflicted about it

Study finds an over-abundance of toys may stifle toddler | w/ fewer options, kids w/ each longer

This is hilarious: Why Do Cheat at Family Board Games? To Lose as Fast as Possible - https://t.co/WteXg55aJZ

ImALibrarianSimple Ways Kids Can Help Communities + Model from | Ideas for showing in neighborhoods + at home, w/

Schools and Libraries

5 of the Coolest Children’s in the U.S. | + more

It's Time to Let Go of Tired Habits - stop letting emotions be barriers to | Guest post by for https://t.co/W21fMMWCzJ

Sigh: In Massachusetts, a disturbing trend in , restricted free , rest, recess + less autonomy | via https://t.co/bbNCmWbYAs

4 tips on how can use to connect w/ school community | | own school stories, share successes, solidify connections

Simple Advice from : Enjoy the Kids "The quickest way to change another person's behavior is to change your behavior towards them"

Suffering Can't Be Good Teachers - | "Teaching is not, and should not be, missionary work"

Are at a Breaking Point. And It's Not Just About Pay. "The social contract is broken" as is reduced w/out raising salaries https://t.co/mc4qQsTIxa

can be a great way to get students to use strong evidence to support their arguments, even when defending an unpopular opinion

Screen Time

Multi-Tasking With Mobile Phones: Yep, It's Bad for , especially speed conference

RT @DTWillingham: New survey: 95% of US principals think students spend too much time w/ screens outside of school. https://t.co/wFS9SCslNT


Are Failing to Teach Kids How to - in | References panel w/ + on

Betsy DeVos Says We Can't 'Spend Our Way' Out of Stagnant Test Scores |

Sigh. California’s poor students rank near last on national test |A failure of

New York’s ‘leaders’ are hiding the ugly truth that they are "watering down state exams to yield higher student scores" via

'Tis the season for exam anxiety (in the UK) – but we need to remind our pupils that it's normal to feel stressed'


MathematicalMindsetsGuest essay: When will we stop teaching kids to memorize and focus on understanding concepts instead?

What I found most interesting about this article was things + are doing to encourage women to go into +

How Bad Is the Government’s ? Interesting piece in about how few studies are reproducible, and how this crisis is largely invisible

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Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: March 30: #BookLists, #Diverse #KidLit Panels, Re-Reading + #SocialMedia

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this week include #BoardBooks, #BookLists, #Cybils, #DiverseBooks, #diversity, #KidLitWomen, #math, #RaisingReaders, #SchoolLibraries, #SocialMedia, #STEM, #writing, educational psychology, Global Read Aloud, reading, research, and schools.

Top Tweet of the Week

Why matter: What years of research tell us - | "The mere presence of a is associated with better student outcomes" + lots more

Book Lists + Awards

Announcing the Top 100 Poll! — (now joining top 100 + top 100 children's novels)

MaddisFridgeA Book List for Kids Age 4-12 to Understand from |

11 About Kids with Glasses, from https://t.co/QjgBVC6RKk

Top Ten Novels in Verse by

Congratulations to the American author , the laureate of Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2018 | via

2018 Indies Choice/E.B. White Read-Aloud Award Finalists Announced |  https://t.co/oyi5aBpEZw


On the blog: Interview with , author of Elementary winner HATCHING CHICKS IN ROOM 6 |

Diversity + Gender

BillBoyWonderOn advocating for at conferences by | "Rather than start with public shaming or snark, instead ... express the concern civilly."

No More All-Male Panels: a pledge from author in solidarity with

Events + Programs

RT @PernilleRipp: Sign up for the Global Read Aloud - a global literacy initiative that connects millions of students around the world starting October 2nd

Growing Bookworms

Read Like The Bachelor: A Guide for Students to help increase + build a more independent reading life by https://t.co/vyn3RSdQ9G

On Reading, Writing, Blogging, and Publishing

BlackCauldronSo true from | "that's one of the joys of re-reading- not only do you get the story again, but you get to revisit the self you were when you first read the book"

Writing independently..The devil is in the detail | Ideas from for helping become independent https://t.co/11t9DBUocz

Why I Read "Old Smelly Books" (and Where To Find Them) by


How to Navigate Your Way to the Best for Your Child | Guest post from

Schools and Libraries

RT @DTWillingham: I have a new article out in , focusing on teacher education and psychology; what are teachers taught of ed psych, what seems useful to them, and how to improve. https://t.co/ajxb7AFJ6c

FutureDrivenWhy Do Some Burn Out While Others Seem to Grow More Passionate? Some things the ones who are growing do, per

RT @TES: .'s research paper found that the type of school students attended (non-selective, grammar or private school) doesn't influence their results. Here, she explains her study: https://t.co/sMe6V3X4j4

Educate and Programs Will Follow -

On the Circle of Privilege + how it affects kids from | | How can help not on the enriched pathway?

Social Media/Technology

On the Need for | Hyper-connectivity is draining kids, having their mistakes captured on video + shared is even worse says

RT @NickGillespie: .'s 3 rules on how to critically read social media is the sharpest guide I've yet seen on the topic! And it smartly avoids top-down solutions to a crowd-sourced problem

New study finds Having Your Nearby Takes a Toll on Your Thinking (Even When It’s Silent and Facedown)  https://t.co/IXNYzyEnCV


BecomingMathTeacherWhen Pushing Boundaries in , Where Can Teachers Turn For Help + Camaraderie? | Tips and strategies from https://t.co/Sm6MawdR3w

RT @MindShiftKQED: Offering students incentives to practice over the summer not only helped prevent , but also forced students be more precise with mathematical language

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Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: March 23: Introversion, #GrowingReaders, #KidLitWomen + #KidLitCon

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this week include #ALAYMA, #BookLists, #Cybils, #FlexibleSeating, #GrowingBookworms, #kidlitcon, #KidLitWomen, #learning, #literacy, #Math, #ReadAloud, #SchoolLibrarians, introversion, schools, smart speakers, and teaching. 

Top Tweet of the Week

YES! This: Being An Is Not Something Which Needs To Be Cured | Introversion + being yourself should be celebrated | via https://t.co/jNEq6wf64X

Book Lists + Awards

NothingStoppedSophieThe Newbery / Caldecott 2019: Spring Prediction Edition from

How To . . . (2018 Edition) — shares some new "how to"

22 Must Have Wordless for Kids of All Ages, from https://t.co/5jNSBMQZo6

12 Kid-Approved Middle Grade Books That Tackle |


WheresHalmoniToday on the blog, an Interview with Julie Kim, author of Elem / Middle Grade winner WHERE'S HALMONI?

Diversity + Gender

- Mothers and Fathers: Gender Stereotyping in by

The Fallacy of the Strong Female Character | Do we talk about "strong boys" in ? | via for +

Growing Bookworms

DrumsGirlsUsing Whole-Class Conversations for Closure after finishing chapter books in the by

Past our Classroom Walls | shares ideas inspired by + more

Why bookish events matter in terms of building + communities by |

Five Ways Your will Sell Itself (Without taking up valuable class time!) | |

Kidlitosphere / #KidLitCon

KidLitConNoDetail First Sponsor: Thank you Providence March 22-23, 2019

Hey there, + publishers | Sponsorships (March 2019) Are Now Open! – |

Hey there, + bloggers, authors, illustrators + advocates: The Call for Presenters for (next year) is officially open! –

On Reading, Writing, Blogging, and Publishing

JamesGiantPeachWho’d be a storybook parent? Bad things happen to them. |

"But this has been key: I realized I must find a way to run my private life, my life, and my business life as an . The new blog world offers just that advantage." via https://t.co/gCxRFSc0S4

Why Books Should be Your Priority, According to | | https://t.co/Na6jQ9iDiP


Hey, Alexa, What Are You Teaching Our Kids? | | Impact of smart speakers on kids' +

BATWaitingGameInteresting post on the idea of kids needing a "Circle of Seven" caring adults around them + how this manifested organically in 's Bat series |

Schools and Libraries

3 Conversation Shifts in per – Product vs. Process, +

We’re looking for the next of the Year! | | Past winners inc. +

This is cool: British art wins $1 million teaching prize -

"I just wish it was easier to teach and be engaged in the broader world" https://t.co/xGo57GEMP8

12 Ways to Upgrade Your | |


CuriousIncidentHow Novels in Class Can Strengthen Student Engagement |

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Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: March 16: #KidLitCon, #KidLitWomen, Playgrounds + #LoveOfReading

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this relatively busy week include #DiverseBooks, #dyslexia, #gender, #GRA18, #GraphicNovels, #HarryPotter, #KidLitCon, #KidLitWomen, #librarians, #math, #MentalHealth, #phonics, #play, #ReadAloud, #resilience, #SchoolLibraries, #SocialMedia, boys and reading, grading, growing bookworms, learning, reading, and schools.

Top Tweets of the Week

Research-Tested Benefits of Breaks to help reset focus in |  https://t.co/2mT78mqi5C

SnowyDayBlack Kids Don’t Want to Read About Harriet Tubman All the Time - A call for more books about everyday experiences of black kids from

Cybils Awards

Today on the blog: Interview w/ , author of middle grade speculative fiction winner THE DRAGON WITH A CHOCOLATE HEART

Diversity + Gender

CCBC 2017 Book Statistics are now available

TurtlesAllTheWay Offer Windows, Mirrors on | via https://t.co/Z1Qf9k7iVz

On Ways that We Recommend Certain Books for Certain Kids, and how we (teachers, parents, librarians, booksellers) need to do better, by

How Empowering Girls to Confront Conflict and Buck Perfection Helps Their Well-Being |

Banishing “Boy Books” and “Girl Books” from the Lexicon – Stop limiting choices by

BoldGirlsReadingGuideIntro to Children’s Books Ireland’s new initiative, , a celebration of girls + women in children’s books by

Seeks Solutions to in Children’s Publishing |

Events + Programs

The Rising New York Road Runners Program (available nationwide) gives kids a chance to earn Marketplace credits for their school by running

RT @PernilleRipp: Voting is open for Global Read Aloud 2018 Picture Book Author/Illustrator Choice https://t.co/rDSChdPZUH

Growing Bookworms

MinecraftZombieYES! My Secret Reading Identity by Julia Guthrie | realizes she needs to celebrate her own true interests to avoid hypocrisy in what she tells https://t.co/SVtt0KiTpm

Enjoyment of , not mechanics of reading, can improve for boys | Laura Scholes describes call in UK + Australian |

Kids to Love : 3 Strategies That Work from https://t.co/8mB0lQi1br

Kidlitosphere / #KidLitCon

What’s New on Website? – shares updates re: Providence March 2019 | There's already a list of those planning to attend!

KidLitConNoDetailHere's the scoop on 2019-Providence! from co-organizer

New blog post from | & Be the Change You Seek!

+ bloggers + authors: Now is your chance to VOTE on Panel Discussions for 2019 (Providence RI, 3/22/19)

is a year away but look who’s coming! – March 22-23 Providence 2019 Early Attendee List

Registration for March 22-23, 2019 (next year) is now LIVE! – | Organizers:

On Reading, Writing, Blogging, Publishing and Social Media

theory keeps kids thinking (+ thus keeps them ), reports

How to cure your addiction | via | (Is it ironic to share this on social media?) https://t.co/odBmALhA8g

Are Made for Book Lovers, tiny towns that have made their speciality -  https://t.co/3l8p6HjyNW

Parenting, Play, + Learning

StarWarsmathLearn Well, You Will with Workbooks | gives thumbs up to these new supplemental learning books from

In Britain’s Playgrounds, ‘Bringing in Risk’ to Build Resilience -

The “10,000-Hour” Myth: Why Deliberate Practice Isn’t Enough to Succeed + people should also focus on their innate strengths | via

Schools and Libraries

OPINION: Here’s a way teachers can help break down equity barriers in high school: to students -   https://t.co/Sg1lLHRoYO

Author calls “places of recognition for young people” in new PSA from

44 Positive Practices That Are "Fixing" Today per | , , + much more

Rethinking How Students With Are Taught To Read :

InnovatorsMindset3 Thoughts for Improving Attendance in – Educators could make feel more valued + more engaging

The Goal of Instruction is to Get , Not to Use Phonics When Reading, guest post from

How to Create a Gradeless Classroom in a School That Requires | |

Does your have Striving ? You should hire qualified says | Focusing on would help "fix" education system

YouYourChildSchoolHow To Find A Your Kids Will Love (And That You Will, Too) | A conversation w/ |

In , the Kids Are Not All Right | on promoting students' mental well-being

A brief note on walkouts - a cautionary note for who suspend the usual consequences from


60 Titles for 3-6 Year Olds | from + more

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