Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Text Sets in NYC!

Mary Ann had a great day on Friday, September 14th, working with the NYC Department of Library Services on the role of text sets in their Reading in Action Grant.

Monday, April 4, 2016

JFK Library Conference Wednesday, April 6th

Mary Ann is looking forward to working with Tonya Bolden, Candace Fleming, Emily Arnold McCully, Andrea David Pinkney, and Myra Zarnowski at the "New Frontiers in Biography and History" conference at the JFK Presidential Library this Wednesday, April 6th. This conference for teachers and librarians in sponsored by the John Fitzgerald Kenney National Historic Site and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.  For New England folks who wish to attend, you can go find out more here

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

NCTE 2015 - Orbis Pictus and Huck Awards

Erika wrote a story for School Library Journal, "Five Reasons Why the 2015 NCTE Conference was the Best Yet," covering the annual convention. Within her story, you'll read all about the events. It was particularly exciting for us as Mary Ann is serving her first year as a member of the Orbis Pictus Committee for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children (K-8). You can find out about the children's book award winners from the NCTE press release. 

Sunday, November 15, 2015

NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books 2016

We took a break from this website, but we're back and ready to provide you with more regular updates and resources in your efforts to teach with text sets.

The latest list of outstanding science trade books has been posted by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). We're excited to see a lot of our favorite titles from 2015 included on this list.

For those of you who are not familiar with this list, some background knowledge: each year, the NSTA teams up with Children's Book Council (CBC) to identify the best science-based titles for a particular year. These are books with provide important science content, model great writing and scientific thinking, and are appropriate for classroom use.

For a full set of lists, going back to 1996, you can go to the Outstanding Trade Books section of the NSTA website.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

COMING SOON: Teaching to Complexity: An Evaluation Framework for Literary and Content Area Texts

We're excited to announce that we have a new book that willbe released on November 1st. Shell Education / Lesley University will release Teaching to Complexity: An Evaluation Framework for Literary and Content Area Texts.

We think of Teaching to Complexity as the 'back story' to Teaching with Text Sets. The book is a primer for selecting texts for classroom use. We seek to give teachers a deeper "keel" for understanding how texts operate, the nuances of genres, and why having "good" books in the classrooms matter. We link an evaluation of the quality of a book with its role in the classroom, and discuss the many, many different purposes for using books across the content areas, and how that shapes your approach to selecting a text. Ultimately, we then bring in a conversation about readers, matching the quality and utility of the book with a consideration of text complexity. We "unpack" what the CCSS says about complexity and then present a process for thinking about how quality, utility, and complexity intersect when selecting books with readers at the forefront.

Here is the official book blurb:

As an important tool for instruction and text selection, Teaching to Complexity will help teachers learn to evaluate children’s and young adult literature for quality and complexity to support rigorous literacy and content learning. In addition, it explores how instructional purpose shapes not only the kinds of curricular texts used, but also considers their complexity relative to readers. By offering a framework for text selection, this book helps teachers more deeply understand text complexity in the Common Core and other state standards as well as its importance when building and using text sets in the classroom and reading for different purposes.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Revere Award Finalist! Upcoming SLJ Webinar

Over the weekend, we were delighted to learn that Teaching with Text Sets has been named a finalist for the Revere Award, for Professional Development, in the category of Curriculum, Instruction, and Classroom Practice. We are truly honored and humbled to be in the company of such outstanding authors and publishing organizations. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, June 4th.

This Thursday, May 1st, we will be presenting a webinar hosted by School Library Journal, entitled: "Text Sets: Blueprints for Curriculum Design." To register, please go to: The webinar runs from 3 pm - 4 pm EST.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Curriculum Connections at the Carle a Success!

Erika moderating the nonfiction picture book panel.

We so enjoyed our time at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art on Saturday, and working with a wonderful array of authors and illustrators. Our audience was filled with teachers, librarians, authors, and illustrators, allowing for vital cross-pollination.