[Library Media] Fwd: Best 2012 Classroom Titles

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    From the Editor

Lasting Connections and Multicultural Literature

Each January, *Book Links* magazine celebrates multicultural literature for
youth, and in this issue of *Quick Tips*, we offer you a sneak peek of
those articles, including a roundup of middle-grade and YA novels featuring
multiracial characters and linked to Common Core-related
activities<#13c1bc1fb762c3d4_characters>.
Also featured below, you'll find columnist Rob Reid's recommendations
for read-aloud
titles that encourage students to explore their
interests<#13c1bc1fb762c3d4_reid>—perfect
for New Year's dreaming and resolution-making. And, of course, we start
things off with "Lasting Connections," our annual list of the top titles,
published in the previous year, for K–8 classrooms<#13c1bc1fb762c3d4_lasting>.
Have a quibble about one of our choices or a favorite that we didn't
include? Please let us know! And don't forget to visit our Common Core
resource page<http://ala-publishing.informz.net/z/cjUucD9taT0yODk0MDU3JnA9MSZ1PTEwMjY4MjUzNzUmbGk9MTQ4ODAyNzE/index.html>for
more ideas about how to implement the standards with the best books
for
kids and young adults.

Happy reading!

*Gillian Engberg*, Editor
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Each January in *Book Links*, we publish a partner list to *Booklist*'s
Books for Youth Editors' Choice selections. "Lasting Connections" focuses
on the top 30 titles for the K–8 classroom, and in the list below, you'll
find titles covering a wide range of subjects, from Aesop's fables to wild
horses (and the scientists who study them), all selected for their natural
connections across the curriculum and to the Common Core State Standards.

Language Arts

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By Amy Lowry. Illus. by the author. 2012. 32p. Holiday, $16.95
(9780823424009). 398.24. K–Gr. 2.

Four familiar Aesop fables—"The Fox and the Grapes," "The Fox and the
Crow," "The Fox and the Goat," and "The Fox and the Stork"—combine into a
single, lively, seamless story in this handsomely illustrated picture book.

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By Amina Chaudri


*Examine cultural identity while implementing the Common Core State
Standards with these middle-grade and young-adult novels about multiracial
characters.*



The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) advocate critical reading and, in
doing so, are aligned with multicultural education, which encourages the
consideration of multiple perspectives and experiences through literacy.
According to the CCSS' introduction to the English language-arts standards'
goals, "Students actively seek to understand other perspectives and
cultures through reading and listening, and they are able to communicate
effectively with people of varied backgrounds. They evaluate other points
of view critically and constructively."[image: Camo Girl by Kekla Magoon]

Multicultural children's literature has been pivotal to pedagogical
approaches geared toward expanding readers' worlds, but traditionally this
has meant teaching about single cultures, such as Latino, African American,
and so on. U.S. census data from the last two decades indicates an
increasingly racially mixed population (9 million in 2010). Including
children's and young-adult literature with mixed-race content in the
curriculum offers teachers and students rich and unique opportunities to
learn and demonstrate the skills described in the CCSS' anchor standards.

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By Rob Reid

Share these novels aloud and kindle students'
creative ideas about the possibilities in their lives.



[image: Katerina’s Wish, by Jeannie Mobley]We all have dreams and
aspirations. The following titles feature a variety of characters with
different experiences. Some wish they could change their current
situations; others are wondering where their dreams will lead them. The
titles below were chosen for their strong writing, flowing text, and
ability to captivate a diverse group of young people. The "10-Minute
Selections" are short passages that can be read as stand-alone pieces (and,
in reality, are anywhere between 5 and 15 minutes long). These passages are
useful when there is not enough time to share the entire book with
youngsters. Instead, these selections can give kids a flavor of the book
and hopefully encourage them to pick it up on their own.

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>From the Editor <#13c1bc1fb762c3d4_editor>
Lasting Connections of 2012 <#13c1bc1fb762c3d4_lasting>
Multiracial Characters <#13c1bc1fb762c3d4_characters>
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