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Nonfiction Monday Weekly posts highlight the best of nonfiction for elementary and middle grades
School Library Journal's Best Nonfiction Books of 2014. They also have Bests in other categories, including Picture Books, Middle Grades, and Tech. Also available as a .pdf


2014 Notable Children's Books

Kirkus Review's Best Children's Books of 2014 by Category

Idea Watch: E-Books - What Can We Learn from Students? Interesting discussion of many students' preference for print books.

SLJ's Top Tech Trends 2014

A Quick Guide to Personal Drones: 3 minute video showing what's available

Free Resources to Use and Share with Teachers

Children's Literature @NYPL: a blog with news and highlights of children's literature, including lots of booktalks.

Google's Connected Classrooms offers virtual field trips using Google Hangouts. Past field trips, available for viewing include interviews with Lois Lowry and Lemony Snicket hosted by Time for Kids.

PBS Learning Media now offers more than 100,000 digital resources available free to PreK-12 educators. Resources are available in English and Spanish, and are aligned to National and Common Core Standards. Highlights include:
  • ODD SQUAD: By mixing concepts like arithmetic and geometry with fantastical storytelling, ODD SQUAD, a live-action PBS KIDS series, aims to make math fun for kids 5-8. PBS LearningMedia offers videos, lesson plans, and games from the series.
  • I WANNA SEE THE STATES: This new video, created in concert with rock band HelloGoodbye, uses song, maps, graphics and hands-on activities to help students learn the 50 United States and territories.
  • SPANISH CONTENT: 700 newly translated videos offer Spanish-language speakers more opportunities to interact with PBS LearningMedia. The videos span a wide range of subjects, with a focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The videos, including content from NOVA and Ken Burns’ The Roosevelts, offer Spanish audio and closed caption text, and can be paired with an English version, making it easy for students to toggle from one language to the other.
  • MATH AT THE CORE: Produced by a collaboration of public media stations and producers, this set of 400+ interactives developed around the Common Core Standards creatively addresses key concepts in Middle School Math (grades 5-8) from ratios and functions to expressions and equations.