The Olympics have recently ended and high school basketball tournaments are in full swing.  The NCAA tournament and March Madness are on the horizon. All of these events are used to determine what individual or team deserves to be recognized as outstanding. The library world has its own Olympics or tournament of sorts. School Library Journal selects what they consider to be the best books of the previous calendar year. The American Library Association honors books, videos and other materials for children and teens. Awards include the Coretta Scott King Book (“Piecing Me Together,” written by Renee Watson), Caldecott (“Wolf in the Snow,,” written and illustrated by Matthew Cordell), Newbery (“Hello Universe,” written by Erin Entrada Kelly), and Printz Awards (“We are Okay,” written by Nina LaCour).  The books selected by the American Library Association  represent quality and can be used by librarians and educators to select best materials for students.  At NWAEA we try and purchase the award winning titles in both print and digital formats and make them available to our schools through our lending library and also through MackinVia, the portal that provides access to ebooks and digital audio books. To see the list of School Library's Best Books available in our lending library, you can click here

One of the Iowa AEA Online resources is TeachingBooks. This resource has multiple teaching resources that can be used with books that include author interviews, teaching guides, lesson plans and book trailers. I've created a Pinterest board with links back to TeachingBooks.net content. You will need to know your Iowa AEA Online username/password to access the resources. Go to the 

Pinterest board by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2HwbaaJ

If you have questions about accessing any of these materials, please feel free to contact me at pbuysman@nwaea.org