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TeachPeaceNow.org Puts Great Books in Teachers' Hands

Nonprofit group uses BookCrossing as a way to distribute great children's books to teachers everywhere
by teachpeacenow
March 9, 2010
What teacher would turn down a free book? TeachPeaceNow.org, a non-commercial website, designed by educators for educators, has started an initiative to distribute great children's literature to teachers. In order to do this, TeachPeaceNow.org has chosen to utilize bookcrossing.com as a way to get great books into teachers' hands.

Each carefully selected book released by TeachPeaceNow.org addresses social issues such as bullying, racism, non-violent conflict resolution, and respect for human rights and cultural diversity. There are books for all age levels from preschool to high school. Some of the first releases include This is Our House by Michael Rosen, Heart of a Chief by well-known New York Native American author Joseph Bruchac, and the award winning Peace Tales: World Folktales to Talk About by Margaret MacDonald.

Teachers who “find” one of the books can go to TeachPeaceNow.org to find discussion questions, links to web resources, and lesson ideas related to the book that they can use in their classroom. After using the book, teachers are asked to go to bookcrossing.com to make a brief journal entry about the book and then are encouraged to pass the book on to another teacher. Everyone will be able to track the use of the TeachPeaceNow.org books by going to the BookCrossing website.

TeachPeaceNow.org, an American Library Association Best Website for Children, was founded in 2006 as a way of providing teachers with access to information about children's literature, focusing on lessons for creating a more peaceful world. It also serves as a place where teachers can share what they are doing in their schools and school districts.

It is hoped that over time TeachPeaceNow.org's expertise in children's books and bookcrossing.com's exciting way of making book sharing fun, will become an wonderful way to introduce some of the best children's literature to teachers across the country.

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