Sunday, January 16, 2011
Social Studies Books for Use in the Classroom
On Saturday, my colleague Rachel and I hosted the selection committee for the 2011 Notables list at our office in New York City and facilitated the discussion the ultimately produced a list of around 116 or so notable books. The list will be available in June and can be downloaded from the CBC website at www.cbcbooks.org (past lists are available here as well). Consistent with its past history, this year's list was rich in quality and diversity. This is a great list for teachers and librarians who can turn to it to give students ideas of resources they may want to use for research papers.It is also a list that makes it easy to match up thematic lessons in class with books.
Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool. A teacher or librarian with an elementary school student that loves dance may want to recommend Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring to that student to help him or her connect with books. This list is like a great cheat-sheet, narrowing down the best of what's new and available to help great teachers do what they do best.