Wandering Whale Sharks

4 Exceptional Non-Fiction Books

Offering students a balance of fiction and nonfiction reading experiences has always been important.  Since the publication of the Common Core State Standards, which emphasize the use of both kinds of text, informational picture books have gotten more and more attention.  And the attention is well deserved.  Though many of us turn first to fiction for a pleasure reading, I …

First Snow by Peter McCarty

Stay Warm This Winter with Great Books

Winter break can be a great time to spend some extra time reading with the children in your life.  Cozy up together with one of these seasonal picture books and you’re sure to feel warm. First Snow by Peter McCarthy Pedro travels a long way to visit his five cousins.  He has never seen snow and does not like to …

Marvelous Cornelius

Closing the Diversity Gap in Children’s Books

Here are the facts: people of color make up 37% of the U.S. population, but only 10% of children’s books published in the past 21 years include multicultural content. That is a disconcerting gap. We know that children benefit from seeing people like themselves in the books they read, which means that for an organization working in urban schools, CLI’s collections …

Back to School Night

Go Beyond Back to School Night: Getting Involved in Your Child’s Classroom

During the first few weeks of the new school year, many schools host a Back to School Night so families can meet their children’s teachers and other parents. If you went to Back to School Night, you hopefully became familiar with classroom life, school policies, your child’s curriculum, and the best ways to support your child’s learning at home. For many families, …

Computer Adaptive Testing

Computer Adaptive Testing – What is it?

This article is part 1 of 2, in the next article explore the advantages and disadvantages through the lens of students and teachers. All education stakeholders want a return on investment, but the methods used to measure successful learning vary widely. Student assessments are not always streamlined across schools or even classrooms due to a myriad of challenges, which can include …

Top 5 Ways to Inspire Young Writers

Children write for the same reasons that they listen to stories or read books: to be entertained, to share experiences and ideas, and to try something new. If your child is a reluctant writer, however, it can be hard to know where to start. The good news is that all children have creative imaginations and often just need a little encouragement to put their many ideas down on paper. Use some of the ideas below to make writing a part of your daily routine, and to inspire your child to love writing!

What Teachers Want You To Know About Your Child’s Writing

Do you have a child who struggles to find the motivation to write, or do you have a child who relishes writing, who composes stories, and scribbles away in a journal? Understanding how your child learns about and masters the aspects of writing can help you assist them in building their writing skills.

Making Reading Time Count

Sharing a book with your children is one of the most special experiences you can have as a family. Snuggling up and reading a story together not only creates wonderful lasting memories, but it will help your children grow as learners. Family reading time is also a great opportunity to help your kids practice literacy skills at home.