Press Release Fun: INK Think Tank
About 40 people sent this on to me for my attention, so you KNOW it’s gotta be good. Teachers of the world, take note!
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Vicki Cobb
22 AWARD-WINNING NONFICTION AUTHORS LAUNCH FREE DATABASE
OF CHILDREN’S BOOKS ALIGNED TO NATIONAL CURRICULUM STANDARDS
Twenty-two leading children’s book authors have launched a free online database of nonfiction books, www.INKThinkTank.com, designed to help teachers, librarians, and homeschoolers find the books they need to meet curriculum requirements in grades K-12. The database will enable users to build an outstanding classroom or home library that includes material required by school districts nationwide. Visitors will be able to search by National Standards, subject, grade level, author names, titles, and keywords. The result will be a printable list of award-winning books that will ignite kids’ enthusiasm for reading and provide the information they need to excel.
Participating authors are:
●Don Brown ●Vicki Cobb ●Sneed B. Collard III ●Marfé Ferguson Delano ●Susan E. Goodman ●Jan Greenberg ●Cheryl Harness ●Deborah Heiligman ●Steve Jenkins ●Barbara Kerley
●Susan Kuklin ●Loreen Leedy ●Sue Macy ●Dorothy Hinshaw Patent ●Susanna Reich
●April Pulley Sayre ●Rosalyn Schanzer ●David M. Schwartz ●Melissa Stewart
●Tanya Lee Stone ●Gretchen Woelfle ●Karen Romano Young
Most classroom materials written to State or National Standards are designed to meet test requirements, rather than to stimulate kids’ natural curiosity, fire up their imaginations, and inspire innovative thinking. Recent studies have shown that many students, especially boys, prefer nonfiction to fiction. If kids are exposed to creative, well-written nonfiction, they are significantly more likely to become lifelong readers. In addition, assessment tests mandated by No Child Left Behind require that students be skilled in reading and writing nonfiction. Kids need great books to serve as models of good expository writing, and the books in the INK Think Tank database fill the bill.
The INK Think Tank Web site grew out of the blog INK: Interesting Nonfiction for Kids http://inkrethink.blogspot.com, to which all of the authors have contributed. The blog, founded by Linda Salzman, enables authors to share thoughts about all aspects of their craft—from research and discovery to design and illustration. Now these authors have taken the next step by creating INK Think Tank: Nonfiction Authors In Your Classroom, at www.INKThinkTank.com.
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The INK Think Tank web site includes supporting literature about how to use nonfiction trade books in the classroom as building blocks for literacy. Users will also find information about the authors’ school visits and professional development workshops, which will ultimately be available through video conferencing.
Books listed in the INKThinkTank database have been awarded more than two hundred national, international, state, and regional honors and awards. These include the Caldecott Honor, the Pura Belpré Honor, three Sibert Honors, the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, the Christopher Award, the James Madison Book Award Honor, and the New York Times Best Illustrated Books. Numerous books have also been named as ALA Notables, ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, ALA Best Books for Young Adults, or have been on best-of-the-year lists, including those chosen by Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Kirkus, School Library Journal, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Parenting, and Instructor.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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