Book Review

Once Upon an Earth Science Book: 12 interdisciplinary lessons to create confident readers got a lovely review in this fall’s The Green Teacher. Thanks to my fantastic editor, Rachel Ledbetter, for sharing!

Got Mindstorms?

I have come across several science teachers, STEM teachers, media specialists and MakerSpace organizers who have found themselves with a set of Lego Mindstorms that they aren’t sure how to use. I was intrigued by this set of free online courses to help you get started. (You can even take a test and get “certified” … More Got Mindstorms?

Come See Me at TASL

I’ll be presenting tonight and tomorrow at the Tennessee Association of School Librarians. If you’re coming to The Novel Conversation event tonight, I look forward to meeting you. Likewise, I can’t wait to share “Curiosity Meets the Printed Page” tomorrow at 4!  

Primary Sources for School Librarians

I got this information in an email recently: Thursday, October 12th School Librarians Get to the Source FREE Webinar, 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET TPS-experienced elementary, middle, and high school librarians discuss key considerations for connecting Library of Congress resources with K-12 classrooms. Tom Bober, Heather Balsley, and Jenn Hanson provide insight and strategies to promote inquiry … More Primary Sources for School Librarians

Children’s Writers Respond to Harvey

The children’s writing community, under the leadership of Kate Messner, is offering an auction to raise money for relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey. Over 200 authors and editors have offered items–including many, many school and skype visits from big name authors (including Grace Lin, Sarah Albee, Katherine Applegate, Janet Fox, and more.) This would be … More Children’s Writers Respond to Harvey


Just opened the newest books in my collection. Last fall, I tried my hand at early readers–scoring at ATOS (Accelerated Reader) level 1 or lower. Very tough to write. But here they are: The Five Senses!

Eclipse Resource Roundup

With the eclipse less than two weeks away, I’m compiling all of the resources I have posted about into one place. Do you have a favorite eclipse resource I haven’t discussed? The Exploratorium has a ton of resources, including a “live streaming” of the event and this video explaining why the eclipse is occurring and … More Eclipse Resource Roundup