Category Archives: Educator Resources

Lesson plans, activity guides, and helpful tips from our literacy specialist and guest educators.

Utilizing Picture Books in Upper-Grade Curriculum

Many middle school teachers are skeptical of utilizing picture books in the upper-grade curriculum. While they have positive attitudes toward picture books in general, there can be hesitancy to add them to core curriculum. Taraneh M. Haghanikar, Associate Professor of Children’s Literature at the University of Northern Iowa, shares four tips on how to integrate picture books into upper-level curriculum.

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Upcoming Webinar: SEL on your Shelf: Using Books to Build SEL Skills

How do we select the right book to teach Social and Emotional Learning skills, competencies, and values that will guide our students through academic, social, and emotional development and challenges? How can we be strategic in building a collection of books and read-alouds that explore your school’s SEL framework? How can we build classroom community with SEL texts that align to our students’ needs and interests?

Join us for a critical webinar on Wednesday, August 17th, 2022 at 4:00 PM ET about using children’s books to teach about critical SEL skills just in time for the upcoming school year.

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How to Use Writing to Support Vocabulary Acquisition with Bebop Books

Word acquisition is essential in building a reader’s knowledge base. Furthermore, a robust vocabulary is important in equipping students with the skills they need to engage with a variety of texts, content and in a mix of settings.

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2022 Pride Month Booklist and Resources

Pride Month is right around the corner! We’ve rounded up some of our favorite books, resources, and collections to celebrate. Promote awareness and advocacy with these children’s books featuring LGBTQ+ voices and perspectives while also addressing universal themes in any relevant setting.  

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NEW RESOURCE: A Toolkit for Building a Diverse SEL Library

How do we select the right book to teach SEL skills, competencies, and values that will guide our students through academic, social, and emotional development and challenges? While no one text can or should do it all, how can we be strategic in building a collection of books and read-alouds that explore your school’s SEL framework?  

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2022 AAPI Heritage Month Books

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and to celebrate we’ve rounded up some of our favorite resources and books for readers and educators alike. Read books by AAPI authors and illustrators, uplift AAPI voices, and support AAPI activists and organizers—not just this month, but all year round.

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3 Ways to Teach Writing with Bebop Books

Teaching writing to young students who have not yet mastered reading can feel challenging, if not downright overwhelming. However, lots of research recommends encouraging students to write as early as possible.

How can we inspire our youngest learners to write creatively without frustration and within the boundaries of their current abilities?

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Lee & Low Books 2022 Showcase: Watch the Recording!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Lee & Low Books 2022 Showcase. Whether you’re a parent, teacher, librarian, or bookseller, this webinar will help you discover great new books to diversify your shelves for readers of all ages (including adults)!

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Bebop Leveled Readers for Older Students: A Diverse Booklist

All readers have different needs and deserve high-quality, engaging texts that are appropriate for their reading level and align with their interests. Pairing books with students, however, can be a challenging task, particularly if older students are reading at a lower level. Older students who are still in need of language support from lower-level titles often have limited selections that are outdated or babyish. The books in this list are high-quality, engaging nonfiction texts that are suitable for older readers who are working on building their fluency, vocabulary and background knowledge all while reading books that they can learn from and enjoy. To build your customized collection for your school, reach out to educators@leeandlow.com for more information.

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Celebrate Floyd Cooper Day on May 6

Floyd Cooper will be honored at the first annual Floyd Cooper Day on May 6 as part of Children’s Book Week. Teachers, librarians, and booksellers are encouraged to hold readings and put up displays of his books.

In addition, Every Child a Reader and KidLit TV will will post ten 5-9 minute videos of authors reading from Floyd’s books on April 25. Teachers, librarians and booksellers can browse the list and see which ones they want to show in class that week or at reading hours that weekend.

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