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BookExpo 2018: Children's Authors Tell Booksellers: 'We Are All Dreamers Here'

Emcee Jacqueline Woodson set the tone right away for Friday morning’s children's book and author breakfast at BookExpo, explaining, "We're very intentional in the stories we are trying to tell. Through our narratives, we're trying to change this crazy world." The panel included Meg Medina, Dave Eggers, Jacqueline Woodson, Yuyi Morales and Viola Davis.

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Writing Book About Kids with 'Life Challenges'

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor spoke Friday about a book she’s working on about kids with "life challenges," such as attention deficit disorder, autism, blindness and diabetes. Sotomayor, who was diagnosed with diabetes as a child, she said she wanted to write a book about "all of the common challenges, some visible and not so visible, that kids grow up in the world experiencing."

How I Made It: The Man Behind the 'Gooooooooool!'

With the World Cup starting this week, spectators will be hearing the iconic voice of Andrés Cantor everywhere. He's the lead play-by-play announcer for Spanish-language network Telemundo, which has the Spanish-language broadcast rights in the U.S. for the World Cup. While his voice may be familiar, many don't know Cantor's story. He grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and moved to the United States as a young teen, where he later became one of the country's most well-known sports broadcasters on Spanish-language television.

Love Letters to the Library

Post it, pen it, make it public. As New York City​'s three public library systems push for increased funding in the upcoming city budget, the entities have launched a website that allows New Yorkers to leave messages of support for their local library branches.

N.C. teacher: Test score says the year was a dismal failure for my ELL student — but it really was 'a resounding success'

More than a third of U.S. states assign letter grades to schools based on various formulas that include to one extent or another standardized test scores. This post is about the effects of this policy on one student, an ELL, and his teacher in North Carolina, where letter grades are given based entirely on testing data. The author is teacher Justin Parmenter, who teaches seventh-grade language arts at Waddell Language Academy in Charlotte. He was a finalist for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Teacher of the Year in 2016.

Educators Scramble for Texts to Match Science Standards

The Clark County, Nev., school district has worked hard for several years to get lessons aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards into teachers' hands. As a result, the district's director of K-12 science, Sheryl Colgan, does not mince words when asked what her teachers thought of a batch of newly published, purportedly aligned high school textbooks.

Somali Refugee Abdi Nor Iftin: 'I Am Here To Make America Great'

What does it take to become an American? In 2015, This American Life told the story of a Somali refugee who was finally issued a visa to come and live in the United States. "This big smile was on my face. I've never had such a big smile," Abdi Nor Iftin said at the time. Iftin's long road to the US began when he was only a child in Mogadishu, watching American movies and teaching himself English, while brutality and war raged around him. In his new memoir, Call Me American, he tells his story from the beginning: with his nomadic parents and their now-unimaginably peaceful, pastoral life.