What Do You Want to Know About Mentor Texts?

Join us Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. ET, for our first-ever Google Hangout "on air," which will be streamed on International Reading Association's YouTube channel. Our one-hour panel will include "writing thief" Ruth Culham and acclaimed authors Kate Messner, Lisa Yee, David Harrison, and Varian Johnson.

Book reviews: Who doesn’t love a good joke or a great, loud belly laugh?

5 Questions With... Dav Pilkey (Captain Underpants series)

Controversy doesn't keep this author from writing Captain Underpants and its spinoffs. 

Remix Online Content With Mozilla Popcorn

As technologies and literacy advance it is becoming easier and easier to play, create, and post digital content on the Internet.

  • We’re Adding a Literacy Minute to Our Days – Are You?

    There is nothing International Reading Association would ask educators to do that we aren’t willing to do ourselves. So when the International Literacy Day 60-for-60 challenge was launched, asking teachers to engage their students in an extra 60 seconds of literacy-focused activities every day for 60 days, we wanted to get in on the fun, too.
  • What is Your Advice for Getting the School Year Off to a Good Start?

    The beginning of the school year is an exciting time filled with meeting students, reconnecting with colleagues and former students, and starting important academic work. However, the first few days of school involve more than just fun icebreakers and syllabi creation.
  • Social Media Can be as Valuable as Pencils in the Classroom

    Many teachers, parents, and administrators are afraid of the potential dangers associated with social media. Are there potential dangers associated with social media? Yes. However, do we ban scissors and physical education classes because there is a potential of danger? No. Within the safety of our classroom walls, we teach students safe practices until those practices become habits. That is also what we need to do with our students and social media.
  • Book Challenge Procedures: Recipes are Intended to be Followed

    One of the best safeguards against censorship is having a policy and procedure—a recipe—in place for almost any situation. A step-by-step guide and a list of required elements, aka ingredients, guide the process. There are a lot of players involved in any book challenge so it can be helpful for all to be working with the same instructions.

  • Challenged Books Can Hold Great Insight

    In honor of Banned Books Week and our right to read, the Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group takes a look at some of the challenged books during the past year.

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