Book Links magazine helps teachers, youth librarians, school library media specialists, reading specialists, curriculum coordinators, and others connect children with high-quality literature-based resources. Book Links is published by Booklist, an imprint of the American Library Association.
Shining a Light through Challenging Times • As a central point in these fiction and nonfiction texts for younger readers, lighthouses open the door for classroom conversations about communication, self-reliance, and above all, hope.
Lighthouse Books with a Fantasy Setting
Vocabulary Building Blocks • Help elementary students develop language and vocabulary skills through these picture books, which utilize repetition, patterns, and groupings. Originally, this feature ran in our April 2020 issue. In this reprinted version, you’ll find a few more recent additional titles, indicated below.
Focus on Abecedaries
Talking with Roma Agrawal • Structural engineer Roma Agrawal brings her career expertise and her passion for making engineering exciting to kids around the world in this illustrated nonfiction look at the technology behind some of the most interesting buildings in the world.
It’s All Relative • Picture books with strong visuals help illustrate complicated concepts of size and scale for younger readers.
CALDECOTT IN THE CLASSROOM • In 2012 and 2013, Book Links ran a series of features celebrating the Caldecott Medal’s seventy-fifth anniversary. This feature, first published in April 2013, examined how Caldecott winners could be used as mentor texts in writing exercises.
Busy Bees • Our first bee-centric Book Links feature, which published in May 2012, tied bee books to the Common Core State Standards. In the decade since, bee books have truly taken off, winning major awards and delighting with their STEM-centric content. Check out our original feature and read on for a roundup of the most buzzworthy, teachable books from more recent years.
Common Core Connections
Mind Your Beeswax
UPCOMING STEM BOOKS FOR EVERY READER