Tom Bober is a school librarian at RM Captain Elementary, 2018 Library Journal Mover and Shaker, former Teacher in Residence at the Library of Congress, and author of the upcoming book Elementary Educator's Guide to Primary Sources: Strategies for Teaching. He writes the Picture Books and Primary Sources posts for AASL’s KQ blog and has written articles for several publications. Tom also presents at conferences, runs workshops, and gives webinars to promote the use primary sources in student learning. He began his career as an elementary classroom teacher, was also an educational technologist, and has spent the last nine years as a school librarian.
There are great nonfiction stories that show the growth of a character and then there are great stories that show the resolute nature of a character when people change around her. The latter is what drew me to the picture… Read More ›
Pairing Picture Books and Primary Sources: Dorothea Lange: The Photographer Who Found the Faces of the Depression
One aspect of primary sources that I enjoy is the perspective that the creator of the item brings to the source. Some formats of primary sources lend themselves to pointing out perspective. A letter or diary entry can easily reveal… Read More ›
Pairing Picture Books and Primary Sources: Soldier Song: A True Story of the Civil War by Debbie Levy
Like many of you, I love picture books. But there is one type of picture book that holds a special place in my heart: the nonfiction picture book. That’s probably because I’m also a lover of history, and many of… Read More ›
This year, my 19th as an educator and 6th as a librarian, is different than any other. This year I was chosen as a Teacher in Residence at the Library of Congress. Typically, when I introduce myself as a Teacher… Read More ›