Engaging in the Conversation

An online class for teachers committed to changing their classroom libraries.

Engaging in the Conversation: Talking about Books

Are you ready to re-examine your classroom library with a new lens?  How well does it represent the children in your classroom?   How well does it represent the children of the world?  Join us in this interactive class where we will be reviewing criteria for choosing books, analyzing current trends in children’s literature and discussing new titles.

Course Objectives:

Specifically, in this online course participants will:

  1. Read, examine, and critically compare a wide variety of children’s books from all genres and many authors and illustrators.
  2. Learn to critically evaluate the literary and artistic merit of all children’s books, with a particular emphasis on the evaluation of multicultural and international children’s and adolescent books.
  3. Develop the ability to select high quality children’s books to use across the curriculum as well as classroom libraries.
  4. Be encouraged to become an enthusiastic and knowledgeable literature educator who reads widely and is curious and passionate about literature for all children.


This course will meet 3 times, with each session lasting 60 minutes.  K-6 teachers are invited to attend. Participants need to have a Gmail account and access to a computer.

Class is limited to 8 participants.

The cost of the class is $150.00 per participant.


Bev. Gallagher, Literacy Consultant

Classroom teacher for over 25 years. Adjunct instructor at Rider University. Director of Imagine the Possibilities, a program bringing acclaimed authors, illustrators, poets and storytellers to Princeton Day School for the past 22 years.

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