Children's Literature: culturally responsive teaching

This weblog is a project for Education 642, Children's written and oral genres, a course for elementary education students at UNBC (Prince George, BC). Its purpose is to provide an opportunity for students to experience how literature "opens up worlds"-- the social, emotional, imaginative, spritual, the cultural and the aesthetic.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Good morning class!

OK, now that I have your attention....

I got an interesting email from Heather Empey in the UNBC Education library. We were talking on the phone yesterday about issues related to reading and children's literature and got to talking about the differences between boys and girls reading preferences (something Curt also mentioned on his blog, Thanks Curt!)

She knew of some interesting web sites, so I am reproducing her email here to you might want to try out a few and let us know what you find.

The Guys Read site is created by Jon Scieszka (well known for boy inspired children’s literature J) It is at Another site to check out for children’s literature is which allows you to search children’s lit by theme, etc. Also of interest might be the Lexile Framework for reading ( ). Lexiles are a measurement of the difficulty level of a book that you can use to match to the grade or reading level of the student. I use it all the time to pick books for gifts for my nieces and nephew. You can search by lexile or by book.

You might also want to check out some of the many links off the ERC site.
- Go to the Library home page (
- Click on Education Resources Centre in the center box
- Click on Subject Specific sites or may Literacy Links

Also, I have attached a list of some books that might be of interest to you. If you would like, you can sign these out and bring them to your class for the students to see.

Talk to you later.

By the way, I took the list that heather attached and am circulating it to you all via email later this morning. Cathy


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