Friday, January 22, 2016

A Great New Resource

On Wednesday morning, this Tweet from uber-talented author Betsy Partridge alerted me to a great new resource for educators who want help adding nonfiction to their classroom or library collections.
Thanks to Jennifer Wharton, the youth services librarian at the Matheson Memorial Library in Elkhorn, WI, Selecting and Promoting Nonfiction in Your Library is a new column in School Library Journal. Wharton’s goal is to provide tips for identifying middle-grade nonfiction that is high in “literary quality and excellence of research” and will also “spark the imagination and encourage readers to discover new facts, see things in a new light, or continue their journey of discovery.”

I love that in addition to recommending a half dozen really terrific books, the article also gives educators the tools they need to find more great nonfiction titles on their own. I’m already looking forward to the next installment.

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