Where better to learn about books than from the people who write them? TeachingBooks, a new subscription-based web site from a company of the same name, is an online venue where educators and students can hear established children’s book authors talk about their works. Subscribers can listen to famed fairytale writer David Wiesner discuss his take on the “Three Pigs,” for example, or they can check in on Newberry Honor winner Jack Gantos and hear about his book “Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key.” Users can watch recorded interviews and short biographical sketches about leading children’s authors, pose questions to be answered by the writers themselves, access teachers’ guides for thousands of books, and view research materials and pre-screened links to children’s book resources across the internet. Subscribers also will have access to an automated eMail service called “Eye-on-the-Web,” which delivers personal reports and hotlinks tailored to educators’ specific interests. Throughout the site, resources are organized into four categories: by author, subject, title, and grade. eSchool News readers are invited to use the site for free through Oct. 15: Simply follow the step-by-step registration process and use the access code b0043. Final pricing for the service is still under consideration.

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