Common Core State Standards—Booklist offers multiple resources

For Immediate Release
Thu, 08/30/2012


Mary Mackay



American Library Association

800-545-2433 ext.1532

CHICAGO— A new educational initiative brings enormous challenges for everyone, especially the teachers and librarians charged with summoning the energy and creativity required to implement the changes. Continuing its commitment to finding new ways to support school and public librarians and educators, Booklist Publications is increasing content and guidance for implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Across its publications,  Booklist will provide ongoing resources, strategies and proven practices from colleagues in the field for seamless, text-based integration of the standards while extending the mission of getting the best books for children into the classroom and into the hands of students.

The increased coverage includes in-depth, CCSS-focused feature articles by leading educators in Booklist and Book Links magazines and more ideas for using informational texts in the classroom and across the curriculum, with CCSS-linked book lists. The new resources are an extension of Book Links' ongoing mission:  to link the best books for youth with the K–8 curriculum. Consistent new content supports teachers and librarians within the framework of the CCSS, including practical tips and book suggestions tied directly to individual standards.

Julie Green now brings an expanded version of her Quick Tips e-newsletter column “Unpacking a Standard” to Booklist. Each column explores a particular standard through the grade levels and suggests book-pairing ideas and will appear later in the free monthly subscription e-newsletter Quick Tips for Schools and Libraries.

Booklist continues to add opportunities to hear educators, publishers and other experts weigh in on the challenges of addressing the standards and offer practical tips for implementing them with new books for youth in free  CCSS-related webinars. Free archives of recent Common Core-focused webinars are available on the Booklist webinar page, along with registration links for upcoming programs.

A convenient dedicated Common Core landing page on Booklist Online offers links to Common Core–related material from Booklist and Book Links magazines, Quick Tips e-newsletter, and Booklist Online, including the Bookends blog. This single-point access to new articles, archived materials and useful links, including PDFs of CCSS-related columns and articles, allows for quick reference as well as easier group sharing during professional development workshops and in-service training.

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators and experts, to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce.

Booklist is the book review magazine of the American Library Association, considered an essential collection development and readers’ advisory tool by thousands of librarians for more than 100 years. Booklist Online includes a growing archive of 135,000+ reviews available to subscribers as well as a wealth of free content offering the latest news and views on books and media.  Booklist subscriptions offer essential integrated print and online access for the most efficient and effective workflow, including four issues of Book Links. Booklist's monthly e-newsletter Quick Tips for Schools & Libraries delivers practical ideas and activities that help librarians and teachers integrate children's and young-adult books into the curriculum, including many resources that may already be on the shelves.