Thursday, January 14, 2021

Virtual "Watch Party" for the ALA Youth Media Awards

Join the TeachingBooks Zoom Party on Monday, January 25 to watch the announcements of this year's book awards from the American Library Association with fellow book enthusiasts. Together participants can share joy, cheer, and even resources as the award-winning titles are announced. Your classes are, of course, welcome too!

The Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, Coretta Scott King, and many other awards will be announced.

Monday, January 25, 8AM Central Time (6AM Pacific Standard Time).
Zoom: Register today (only 300 slots available).
Twitter: Follow @TeachingBooks

It is super fun and energizing to partake in the award announcements with others. And in this challenging era, celebrating this professional moment together seems spectacular.

Monday, January 11, 2021

Live webcast with author Don Tate!

Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM PST
Duration: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Start preparing for Black History Month with this special webcast event featuring renowned author/illustrator Don Tate. Children's literature and picture books present history in an accessible way for even the youngest of readers, and Don has built his career on sharing incredible stories from Black history through this beloved medium. Providing a special kind of key, his picture books unlock stories and give children a chance to see the world in a new way and from a different perspective. 

Join Junior Library Guild on Tuesday, January 12 at 12pm PST as they sit down with Don Tate to discuss the biographies that he has written and illustrated. They will talk everything from the impactful people in his stories, to how he wrote them, why he wrote them and the importance of embracing works about Black people to empower all children and give them a brighter future. 

Perfect for librarians, educators, parents and students of all ages.

Can't make the live webcast? Don't worry! JLG webcasts are recorded and available to watch on-demand at

Click here to register.

Don Tate
Don Tate
Peachtree Publishing

Don Tate is the award-winning illustrator of numerous books for children, including Swish! The Slam- Dunking, Alley-Ooping, High-Flying Harlem Globetrotters, Carter Reads the Newspaper, No Small Potatoes: Junius G. Groves and His Kingdom in Kansas, and Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions. He is the author and illustrator of Strong As Sandow: How Eugen Sandow Became the Strongest Man on Earth and Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton, for which he won the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award. He is also a co-contributor to the Brown Bookshelf, a blog designed to raise awareness of African Americans writing for young readers. Don lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and son.

Friday, January 8, 2021

Did You Know? - January 2021


Discovery Education, partnered with Common Sense Education, has created an entire content channel devoted to News and Media Literacy. It features videos, songs and games, Social Emotional Learning material, critical thinking activities and lesson plans, and much more. All content is divided into grade level groupings (K-5, 6-8, 9-12) to make searching easier. To quote DE: 

These resources will help students demonstrate the ability to identify, evaluate, and use information effectively, find credible and trustworthy sources, and give proper credit. They will recognize how individuals and society are influenced by the media and the misrepresentations and stereotypes they sometimes promote. Students will reflect on their responsibilities and rights as creators in the online spaces where they consume, create, and share information. 

Check out the News and Media Literacy channel at Discovery Education in the ERS Portal. Take a look at their How To Handle Stress channel, for all grade levels, as well!

We have your educational needs covered, whether it be through digital resources in our fantastic ERS Portal, or physical resources available for delivery and pick up through the ERS Library. We also continue to offer our ongoing Virtual Learning Resources via Zoom, where you can participate in a session on one or more of our Portal resources and learn how to better integrate digital content into your physical or virtual classroom. Whatever the situation, we’re here to help!