Compelling Engaging Nonfiction, June 25, 4:00PM Eastern Time

Vikki Smith
Children's Nonfiction Literature is an essential classroom resource, especially since nonfiction reading has taken such a prominent place in ELA Standards. Well-written children's nonfiction can ignite a love of learning in students, and this Edchat Interactive will be a conversation with prize winning authors and an Education professor. All the speakers are members of iNK Think Tank, an organization that promotes the classroom use of nonfiction literature.

Vicki Cobb: http://www.vickicobb.com/ is an author of 90 science books for children, including Science Experiments You Can Eat, blogs for Nonfiction Minute and Huffington Post, and is founder and president of iNK Think Tank.

Alexandra Siy: http://www.alexandrasiy.com/ is an author and photographer of science books who emphasizes the importance of images to impart information. She has been a teacher in public, private, and charter schools, and has experience teaching at every grade level. In
Orphan Train Rider
2011, she went searching for Methuselah, the oldest tree on Earth.

Andrea Warren: http://andreawarren.com/ writes history books with an emphasis on children who survive difficulties not of their own making. Her classic book Orphan Train Rider has won numerous awards. She's been called "the finest writer of historical narratives for kids and young adults in America today."

Dr. Katherine Cunningham: Dr. Cunningham is an Assistant Professor in Literacy Education at Manhattanville College and literacy consultant. She was an elementary school teacher and literacy specialist and has always turned to children's literature to ignite students. Katie is co-author of the popular blog, The Classroom Bookshelf. She is also the author of Story: Still the Heart of Literacy Learning (Stenhouse, 2015) and co-author of Literacy Leadership in Changing Schools (Teachers College Press, 2015). Both books will be in press Fall 2015. 

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