One of the things we’ve been trying to do in Media Services is to inform teachers about the different services or resources provided by us. You might see the hashtag #Did you know in some of our social media postings. Did you know that Northwest AEA has a large collection of K-12 print books in addition to the digital content we offer?  The collection includes both fiction and nonfiction. Books can be checked out both as single titles or as boxed book sets. I’ve included a sample bibliography that spotlights some of our Autumn books. If you want to see additional resource lists, check the resource lists tab in Snap, our online catalog.  If you have questions, you can contact Ann Derochie at the Sioux City office or Kim Noteboom at the Sioux Center office. 

TeachingBooks.net is one of our Iowa AEA Online resources and can be used in partnership with the print materials in our collection. TeachingBooks.net has created many author interviews that introduce authors and writing into the classroom. For example, I love the author interview they’ve done with Christopher Paul Curtis. TeachingBooks.net also finds book trailers, lesson plans, and book readings that support reading in the classroom.  You can search for a particular book title, subject, award or series. TeachingBooks.net has also created booklists for teachers. A great example is the Iowa Award-winning titles with all of the available resources embedded into the list. You can find resources for Goldfinch Titles, Iowa Children’s Choice, Iowa Teen Award, and Iowa High School Book Award. (All of these titles can also be checked out from our lending library as well.)  TeachingBooks.net is also a great resource to find Readers’ Theater scripts. Finally, I’ve created a custom reading list with teaching resources that can be used with many of the Autumn books found in the Northwest AEA K-12 book collection. 

Again, as always, if you have questions about using this or any of the resources available from NWAEA, let me know.