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Friends, librarians, fifth-grade teachers, lend me your eyes

Librarians and school book buyers of Metafilter! When you are looking at an author's website, what kind of information do you want to see when deciding what books to stock? [more inside]
posted by Jairus on May 18, 2014 - 7 answers

Picture Book Filter

Do children care about old, out-of-date picture books? Should I weed these books? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Sep 17, 2013 - 19 answers

Classic children's mysteries seek recipient

What should I do with a large collection of Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mysteries? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Sep 6, 2013 - 17 answers

Take me to your ivory tower.

I like novels that take place in boarding schools (or in colleges that feel like boarding schools). I've been to Brakebills, Ault, Hampden, Devon, the Concent of Saunt Edhar (totally counts), the University of Missouri, Enfield Tennis Academy, and Hogwarts.* Where should I go next? [more inside]
posted by davidjmcgee on Jun 5, 2013 - 75 answers

Do I listen to 8 year old or let her read quietly for summer homework?

Should I let my 8 year old read out loud to me for summer reading comprehension? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Jul 6, 2012 - 20 answers

When should I let my child pick her own books if I disagree with them?

When should I let my child read Harry Potter and Diary of a Wimpy Kid?? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Dec 12, 2011 - 60 answers

How do I find, collect, beg, borrow (but not steal) new books for a school library that is filled with 30 year old, out of date, books?

Boy brought home this ancient science book from the school library. I mean, so ancient that it was just flat out false. (It was about global warming, and had been written in the 80's and 90's. It was hopelessly out of date.) When I talked to the librarian about it, she said that they had almost no books newer than 10 years old, and that more than half the collection was over 25 years old. It is one of the oldest library collection in North Texas schools. [more inside]
posted by dejah420 on Sep 15, 2011 - 63 answers

Trying to remember childhood novel titles

Looking for titles for two fantasy books from childhood, the publishing time frame is 1970~1990ish. Scenes from Game of Thrones reminded a friend of them... [more inside]
posted by nightchrome on Apr 18, 2011 - 11 answers

Which NYC preschools teach kids to read?

What New York City Preschools teach children reading before they get to kindergarten? I'm looking for names. Thank you!
posted by SarahWriter on Jan 10, 2011 - 2 answers

Please help me create a list of themes and related activities for children.

I work with kids in an afterschool program ranging in age from 3-10. I'm contemplating having themes for a week where we do a lot of creative activities revolving around the theme. So, one week the theme might be "jungle animals" and we could make animal masks from paper plates, draw animals, make jungle animal puppets and do a puppet show, play a game outside involving jungle animals, read a picture book about jungle animals, etc. [more inside]
posted by booksherpa on Sep 3, 2010 - 11 answers

How do I do a good literature review?

How do I do a good literature review for a research paper in philosophy? I have access to good resources, but I really want to make sure that I cover everything that's been written on the topic. How can I put myself at ease while making sure I don't miss a beat? [more inside]
posted by superiorchicken on Jun 23, 2010 - 17 answers

Help finding new books for a high school English class.

What books have you read since high school that you wish you had read in high school? [more inside]
posted by trojanhorse on May 15, 2010 - 22 answers

Middle School book club for adults!

Middle School book club for adults! A group of friends and I have recently started a book club featuring middle school literature. The first book we read was The Giver and the resulting discussion was amazing. I am looking for more books like this - young adult literature with larger themes. We have also considered Island of the Blue Dolphins and A Wrinkle in Time. What other books would you recommend?
posted by koselig on Nov 18, 2009 - 83 answers

Libraries are awesome

I've taken responsibility for a very small children's library and I'd love your ideas for making it awesome. [more inside]
posted by serazin on Sep 3, 2009 - 14 answers

Books are Rad, Let's Spread the Word!

DonatingTextbooksInAustraliaFilter: How would I go about donating a heap of recent secondary school textbooks to worthy causes. I'm in Melbourne, Australia. [more inside]
posted by micklaw on Aug 25, 2009 - 6 answers

Do bookstraps still exist?

Looking for a pre-WWII-style school bookstrap. [more inside]
posted by Miko on Aug 14, 2008 - 5 answers

Will Work for Books

High school teacher in Seattle needs novels in bulk. School doesn't have the money. Anyone know any good resources for this? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath on Feb 6, 2008 - 19 answers

Poor student wants $ back

What is the best site/method for selling back textbooks? [more inside]
posted by rglass on Apr 28, 2007 - 16 answers

Buy/Sell books on campus

Buying and selling books on campus [more inside]
posted by senterstyle on Jan 17, 2007 - 5 answers

book award award for two outstanding 8th grade grads?

What book should I get as an award for two outstanding 8th grade grads? I'm their faculty advisor. They've each won an end-of-year award, and I'm tasked with finding them a suitable book to mark the occasion. I want to find something more than a dry dictionary or reference book, and I'd love to inspire them to continue their great work without being too sappy or preachy. My range is $15 - $20. Any suggestions?
posted by tomadelic on May 4, 2006 - 51 answers

How do I take notes on big books?

Researchers, academics, and readers: how do you deal with taking notes, recording passages, keeping a common-place book, and reading long books? What is your note-taking workflow? [more inside]
posted by josh on Jan 19, 2006 - 30 answers

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