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Locomotion: Our Interview with Jacqueline Woodson

Locomotion: Our Interview with Jacqueline Woodson

Woodson tackles tough issues head-on: race relations, foster care, and incarceration are just some of the issues that her characters confront.

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 The Teaching Moves of a Strategic Teacher

The 12 Teaching Moves of a Strategic Teacher

On any given day in any given classroom, the strategic teacher employs all of these moves — whether with the whole class, a small group, or just one student.

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Booklist: Multicultural Stories

Booklist: Multicultural Stories

Browse our collection of quality titles featuring characters of diverse ethnicity, religion, and nationality — and compelling story lines about identity, prejudice, and understanding.
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How Do You Get a 12-Year-Old Boy to Read?

How Do You Get a 12-Year-Old Boy to Read?

It can be tough to get a 12-year-old boy to pick up a book outside of school. Find out our children’s literature expert snuck engaging literature into her own son’s life. It might just work for you too!
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Celebrating African-American History Month

Celebrating African-American History Month

Learn about the history of Black Economic Empowerment, find resources from the History Channel,, loads of book recommendations, and other terrific resources.
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Featured Strategy

Featured reading comprehension strategy

Inquiry Charts (I-Charts)

This “during reading” strategy enables students to generate meaningful questions about a topic and organize their writing. Students integrate prior knowledge or thoughts about the topic with additional information found in several sources. I-Charts can be used with the entire class, small groups, or individual work.
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Featured Resources

Scaffolding Mindful Silent Reading

Help students internalize and routinize their reading comprehension monitoring with this sample lesson. Learn to teach six signals that function as "comprehension repair" prompts for struggling readers.

How to Increase Higher Order Thinking

Parents and teachers can do a lot to encourage higher order thinking (HOT). Here are some strategies to help foster children's complex thinking.

Reading Without Walls:
A video blog with Gene Luen Yang

America's Librarian: Meet Dr. Carla Hayden Video

Gene sat down with the new Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden. Dr. Hayden talks with Gene about her life in libraries, starting from when she was a young girl. She shares some of the surprises she's discovering at the Library of Congress.
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Featured Glossary Term


Automaticity is a general term that refers to any skilled and complex skill that can be performed automatically and with little attention, effort, or conscious awareness.
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Research & News

New Scholastic Report Highlights Diversity, Choice, and Reading Aloud
Publishers Weekly

“March: Book Three” Makes History at the YMAs
School Library Journal

Digging Deep With Student-Authored Websites
International Literacy Association Blog

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