HISTORY OF BOOK CENSORSHIP: This presentation is perfect for Banned Books Week or as an introduction to book burning in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. The slides give a brief history of nine censorship and book banning incidents in world history.

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BOOK OF NIGHTCharlie Hall has never found a lock she couldn’t pick, a book she couldn’t steal, or a bad decision she wouldn’t make.

She’s spent half her life working for gloamists, magicians who manipulate shadows to peer into locked rooms, strangle people in their beds, or worse. Gloamists guard their secrets greedily, creating an underground economy of grimoires. And to rob their fellow magicians, they need Charlie Hall…


Library Challenge #1 tasks you with an annual review (or maybe your first review) of your library's Selection and Reconsideration Policies.

LIBRARY CHALLENGE #1 Are library book challenges scary? I think so! But they are much less scary when you have a strong plan. When you know exactly what to do

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This article is 10 essential tips for new school librarians. These are the 10 things you should do FIRST in your new school library.

You’ve landed a brand new school librarian job–congratulations! All summer, you’ve looked forward to standing in the middle of your very own library, taking a deep breath, and reveling in

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This is a collection of fun ideas for middle school library orientation. Even if you don't use the ideas, the videos are a lot of fun to watch!

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Hook New Readers with First Chapter Fridays

A couple of days ago, a reader emailed me to ask for suggestions for First Chapter Fridays. This is where librarians or teachers read-aloud the first chapter of a book in order to “hook” less-than-enthusiastic readers. I know a former student of mine is now also a teacher, and she also does First Chapter Fridays.

I thought I would share my emailed suggestions with the rest of the world! I selected the titles based on:

  • Action begins quickly
  • Strong narrative voice
  • The entire book is exciting, not just the first chapter
  • Diverse characters
  • Dialogue that moves the story along
  • First chapter is <10 pages.

Don’t have the book?

There are a few ways you can read First Chapter Fridays without the actual book. The obvious choice is your local public library to see if they have a physical or e-book copy via OverDrive.

Amazon is another great resource since they frequently include a sample of the Kindle edition.

Don’t forget the audiobook samples! These are often available on Amazon or on OverDrive, even if the book itself is checked out.

First Chapter Fridays suggested titles

I am playing around with this new carousel plugin! Right now, it’s in a trial period, but if I like it, I will buy it.

I will add new First Chapter Fridays posts here, and you should be able to click the arrows to move around within the carousel. I’ve just added this new feature, so please be patient while I add new posts for FCF.

Click on the images in the carousel below to read more about specific passages to read, brief summaries, and why I chose that title for First Chapter Fridays.


YA and MG titles for First Chapter Fridays

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