About Book Connections
Our mission is to equitably give all readers insights and opportunities that deepen their understanding and joy of the books they are reading.
Please know that Book Connections and TeachingBooks utilize the same program, infrastructure, and content, and are run by the same people. The difference is the interface for the audience. TeachingBooks is designed to serve the PreK-12 school community and their families, as well as pre-service educators in colleges and universities. Book Connections is a separate interface to meet the needs of public libraries and their communities.
Empower every reader to...
- Connect deeply with a book
- Gain new insights and understanding from the author
- Thoroughly experience the joy of reading.
From our exclusive, ever-growing, vetted collection of instructional materials about children's and young adult books and authors, everyone can easily...
- Identify exceptional books that reflect diverse cultural experiences, interests, and ability levels
- Obtain resources paired with your book titles that further reading enjoyment, contextual knowledge, and educational relevance
- Share resources with everyone in your community via easy-to-use flyers, emails, texts, embeddable links, and social media
TeachingBooks offers every reader the power to enrich their relationship to the books they are reading.
TeachingBooks is for anyone who reads, teaches, or enjoys books for children and teens. This service is primarily used in the K–12, university, and public library setting.
TeachingBooks was founded upon the premise that educators find enjoyment and professional value in seeing and hearing authors talk about their work. Nick Glass, the Founder of TeachingBooks, had hosted many author presentations in his previous work—bringing authors to bookstores, schools, libraries, and conferences—and even arranged live author programs for educators over a distance-learning video network during the 1990s. Each author interaction with educators inspired new insights for teaching and sharing books with children—and Nick wanted to give this opportunity to everyone.
In November 2000, the genesis for TeachingBooks took form. It debuted at the American Library Association convention in San Francisco in June 2001, and was launched on the Internet September 1, 2001. TeachingBooks began selling licenses in November 2003.
TeachingBooks is thankful and fortunate to be inspired by many. Occasionally, a few of these wonderful people pass on, but their love, energy, and guidance remain. With perpetual thanks, we honour:
- Dr. Ernie Bond, Salisbury University
- Dr. Yvonne Chandler, University of North Texas
- Loni Donlan, MLS, Library of Congress
- Dr. Eliza Dresang, University of Washington
- eva effron, MLS, Nassau County BOCES School Library System
- Dr. Richard Glass, founder's father
- Susan Glass, founder's mother
- Dr. Bill Hammond, DeKalb County Public Schools
- Sharon Hancock, Candlewick Press
- Walter Dean Myers, Jersey City, New Jersey
- Al Rosen, founder's mentor, San Francisco Giants
- Dr. William Teale, University of Illinois at Chicago
- Rose Treviño, MLS, Houston Public Library
I started TeachingBooks in November, 2000 with a simple goal in mind: to let every reader — no matter who they are or where they live — have the opportunity to learn directly from the author of the book they are reading, at that very moment of impact.
I decided to use the World Wide Web as the foundational equalizing tool, and started inviting myself into homes of amazing authors and illustrators to film them so that everyone could have Christopher Paul Curtis, Jack Gantos, Denise Fleming, and others in their classrooms, anytime.
As we continue to record authors and add more digital resources almost every day to the TeachingBooks collection, we do so to perpetuate joyful, thoughtful reading for all. And simultaneously, we strive to remove every possible barrier of access so that everyone can feel connected and inspired with reading.
I'm proud to say it's now grown into a literacy service used daily to instill a love of reading by students, educators, and families in over 33,000 schools, thousands of public library branches, and hundreds of teacher education institutions.
Thanks for your exploration of this service. Please enjoy, and reach out to me anytime.