Why I’m Excited about the Common Core

The more I delve into the Common Core State Standards the more I’m excited about the prospect for librarians.  Close reading of quality texts, the 4th R-research, reading across multiple texts, writing about what you read, etc. are areas where I know we can shine!  The timing for conversations around complex texts and  informational texts is perfect, too, with Candlewick’s “We Believe in Picture Books” campaign. I maintain that picture books are often the perfect choice for direct instruction of lots of literacy concepts, right up through middle school.  So if CCSS gives me more ammunition to “sell” picture books to my teachers I’m all over it!

(I have a feeling the CCSS will provide me with blogging ideas as well, and that’s another good thing!)  Please leave a comment and tell me how these new standards are impacting you.

Handy Lists for You!

For the past six weeks or so, Betsy Bird over at Fuse #8 has been conducting a poll to determine the top 100 picture books and chapter books (according to her followers).   If you missed reading the daily posts describing each book in the top 100 countdowns, the folks at SLJ have promised to put them into some handy lists for us.  Register to receive the email with PDF here and then use the lists for parents and teachers and students for readers’ advisory.

It was nice to see Charlotte’s Web in the number one spot for chapter books, particularly since this October is the 60th anniversary of the book’s publication.  It’s been a favorite of mine for a long, long time.  Want to read another great book by E.B. White?  A book written for adults?  Try One Man’s MeatWhite’s collection of essays about being a gentleman farmer in Maine.  Excellent!

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