Collections of Historically Significant Children’s Books
The Library of Congress has launched an online collection of 67 historically significant children’s books published more than 100 years ago. Drawn from the Library’s collection, Children’s Book Selections are digital versions both of classic works still read by children today and of lesser-known treasures. From Humpty Dumpty to Little Red Riding Hood, the books in this collection were published in the United States and England before 1924, are no longer under copyright, and are free to read and share. Highlights of the collection include examples of the work of American illustrators such as W. W. Denslow, Peter Newell, and Howard Pyle, as well as works by renowned English illustrators Randolph Caldecott, Walter Crane, and Kate Greenaway. The selections, which span many generations and topics, reflect three central themes: Learning to Read—materials produced to teach American children to read (ABC books, primers, and a wooden hornbook); Reading to Learn—materials that support classroom instruction in subjects such as mathematics, classical mythology, natural science, and the structure and function of the US government; and Reading for Fun—materials to nourish the imagination (fiction, poetry, fairy tales, and toy books). These selections and related materials are presented as part of the record of the past. They are historical documents that reflect the attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs of different times, and may prompt objections today.
Each time you and your students embark on a new story,
your characters undergo a transformation. If you lead your students through the
elements we’ve discussed (creating an epic classroom, uncovering a conflict, and traversing the rising action to solve the conflict) then the transformation will happen by itself. A critical part of
epic learning is helping students to realize that metamorphosis and use what
they’ve learned. Here are a few activities to facilitate reflection and wrap up
your epic learning experience.
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The nonprofit Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME) has created and shared an open-source guide for school librarians engaged in curating open educational resources. Drawing lessons from school districts and libraries, ISKME developed the free guidebook to help school librarians and district officials develop a coherent roadmap for OER curation and implementation.