Whether summer means time to read for fun or to prepare for teaching in the Fall, I bet youre beginning to gather that reading list.
You probably know where to find details on the years award-winning childrens and teen books. You can always check the NCTE Online Store for the newest pedagogical books and some great bestsellers. And I bet you plan to spend some time this summer digging into the constantly expanding resources on the ReadWriteThink site.
Maybe youre looking for something new though. How about some online resources to explore? Here are some great sites youll want to read and explore this summer:
- The Goddess of YA Literature
Blogger Teri Lesesne posts excellent reviews of young adult novels regularly. You can keep up with the newest books as well as find titles to add to your reading list. Be sure to check out her Picture Book Monday category for fast recommendations on books you can use with students from kindergarten to college. Looking for more blogs? Try YA Books Central Blog, Abby the Librarian and Charlotte's Web.
Just settling into its new home with The Chronicle of Higher Ed, this must-read blog shares “tips, tutorials, and commentary on pedagogy, productivity, and technology in higher education.” Recent entries have explored Effective Summer Planning and Modeling Civility and Use of Evidence in the Classroom.
Spend some time viewing videos of the wonderful conversations that are part of the TED program. Any of the videos is bound to get you thinking, but be sure to look for useful “Ideas Worth Spreading” in those tagged Education, Writing, and Literature.
- inkpop: The Online Community of Rising Stars in Teen Lit
Want to read young adult texts so fresh they arent even on paper yet? This HarperCollins site always has five texts available for reading and commentary. Meant to supplement the publishers submissions process, the site also gives teens and teachers access to the freshest drafts out there.
- Text Messages: Recommendations for Adolescent Readers
Listen to this monthly ReadWriteThink podcast for recommendations on great books you can share with young adult readers. The most recent episode focuses on New Voices in Young Adult Literature.
- Chatting About Books: Recommendations for Young Readers
ReadWriteThinks monthly podcast on childrens literature for ages 4 through 11 discusses resources related to a specific theme and includes suggestions for related activities. Check out Shiver Me Timbers: Books About Pirates or Chapter Book Series Worth Starting for some great reads.
- One Book, One Twitter (1B1T)
Based on the Big Read projects, 1B1T is connecting readers across the Internet. Theres a School Library Journal article that explains the project in more details. To see it in action, check the community discussion now going on about Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. Its a great demonstration of how online tools can bring readers together!
- The Daily Riff
Looking for a new approach to educational news? The Daily Riff promises to “sniff and sift through our edu-culture, curating news and opinion in quick, digest-sized take-aways for you to use and share.” You may not agree with everything you read, but youll find some provocative (and cool) stuff.
Check in on the work of the George Lucas Educational Foundation for inspiring classroom success stories, educator blogs, and special reports. Try the Magazine link for new resources each month. Right now, you can read about College Applications and Improving School Communication with Google.
- National Gallery of Writing
Get lost for a while reading the submissions in the gallery exhibits. Browse the galleries or search for something specific. Either way, there are some excellent texts waiting to be read!