Virtual Author Talks—Books That Build Us Up!

The 24th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival will be held in Washington, DC, on Saturday, August 24. The event is free and open to the public. In the days leading up to the event, teachers and students can join PBS Books on social media for theLibrary of CongressNational Book Festival Virtual Author Talk Series.

Connecting to Nature Through Art and Poetry

You Are Here, Ada Limón’s signature project as the nation’s 24th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, champions the ways reading and writing poetry can situate us in the natural world.

Grants for Bookmobiles Serving Economically or Socially At-Risk Children

Lois Lenski, children’s book author and 1946 Newbery medalist for Strawberry Girl, had a lifelong belief that all children should have access to good books. In support of that belief, the Lois Lenski Covey Foundation awards grants to organizations operating a lending bookmobile that travels into neighborhoods populated by underserved youth.

Online Student Program on the Craft of Writing Fiction

The Common Young Writers Program welcomes high school students passionate about creative writing to join a two-week intensive course on the craft of fiction. Offered by Amherst College, this virtual summer courseincludes daily synchronous and asynchronous work for students excited to learn the building blocks of fiction (scene, character, plot, image) and write and revise their own stories in a short period of time.

Reading Experience with Rappers, Bringing Lyrics into the Classroom

Reading with a Rapper (RWAR) is an English language arts–based educational program in which elementary, middle school, and high school students learn to analyze literature by studying rap lyrics. Since its was founding in Houston in 2018, RWAR has spread to schools in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Kansas City, and elsewhere.

Student Writing Project on the Theme of Diversity in Schools

The International Literacy Association (ILA) and the American Educational Research Association (AERA) are collaborating to amplify student voices in critical conversations promoting and uplifting diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice in schools and communities. The writing project, which is open to students in kindergarten though grade 12, is related to the theme Dismantling Racial Injustice and Constructing Educational Possibilities.