Great Books and Free Resources for the New School Year—Plus a Book to WIN!

There’s no better way to start the school year than with a few good books. Here are some new titles to consider!

Let us know which of these are your favorites. One lucky teacher will win my copy of There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books! Submit your comment by midnight EDT on Monday, August 20, 2012, to be entered in our drawing. Good luck! (Congratulations to Toyia, who was our winner!)

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Get a free Super Readers kit and learn all about the new Super Readers program from National Geographic Kids! The kit includes a teaching guide, poster, book, and sample prizes. Click here now to sign up for yours!

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It’s time to “TOON” into reading! The new TOON books series from Candlewick Press uses the sophisticated tools employed by good comics to engage young readers. View sample pages and get free classroom activities at Check it out!

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Rediscover the wonderful world of Beverly Cleary—from her award-winning books to her beloved characters, including Ramona, Beezus, and Henry—with a new, FREE app! Take the character quizzes, explore the interactive neighborhood map, watch the Ramona and Beezus movie featurette, read an exclusive original short story by Beverly Cleary, get Drop Everything and Read resources for your classroom, and more. Download for Nook or Android, or find it at Amazon.

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Happy 20th anniversary to two favorite book series: The Magic Tree House and Junie B. Jones! Check out the special full-color editions of the books that started it all: Dinosaurs Before Dark and Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus. Plus visit and for free lesson plans, printables, games, and more for your classroom.

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Are your students ready to be reading stars? Check out the Ready-to-Read program from Simon & Schuster! The star-themed leveling supports readers’ success, and the series features favorite authors and characters, from Eric Carle and Cynthia Rylant to Eloise, Olivia, and the Smurfs. Find free classroom reading charts, educator guides, and other handy resources at Click here now!

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Hear what a well known veteran teacher has to say about literacy! In Literacy and Learning Lessons From a Longtime Teacher, experienced teacher, literacy coach, and author Regie Routman shares advice, insights, and practical strategies for K-12 teachers. Preview the book and see free sample lessons at Take a look!

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Don’t forget: submit your comment to be entered in our latest drawing. Good luck!


15 thoughts on “Great Books and Free Resources for the New School Year—Plus a Book to WIN!

  1. Can’t wait to look into the Beverly Clearly app!! Would love to get that put on our iPads and get my students interested in an author that I love!

  2. I love the super readers kit and program from National Geographic. We always need a resource to get some nonfiction in the students hands.

  3. Looking at the National Geographic Kids Super Reading. Love them

    OHHH I hope I win. I love the Old Lady books. Have all but this one.

    Thanks Karen

  4. I am a huge fan of the “Old Lady” series. My favorites are “…Swallowed a Bat” and “…Swallowed some Snow.” Thanks for the chance to win something new for my classroom!

  5. I love reading the “Swallow the…..” books to my students for every season! My favorite is the “Swallowed Some Snow”! My students look forward to the next read aloud every month in my classroom.
    Thank you, Julie

  6. My kids love the Old Lady series and enjoy reading them aloud together. Thanks for all the updated info to help get everyone excited about the new school year.

  7. Nonfiction reading is so critical now. National Geographic books and resources would be amazing!



  8. I love all of the items as I love to read. I love to have a book in my hand and not on a tablet or I pad. I am always reading and I also read to the children in my family childcare often during the day. There is nothing like a book. I feel that if you can read you can do anything. I tried all of the offers except the Beverly Cleary as I don’t have a reader. Susan

  9. With the Common Core push to more nonfiction texts, National Geographic readers would be awesome to have. My students would love the colorful issues about real life people and places! They would also enhance my student’s cultural education because we live in a very rural area.

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