Scholarly Journal-The Horn Book


Literacy teachers need to stay informed about teaching practices and research. This semester students in READ 6325 are exploring scholarly journals that are in some way related to literacy. Each student was required to write a blog post about one such journal. I will be publishing one or two of their posts each week.

By Yadira Gonzalez

A scholarly journal is an academic artifact that teachers use for various purposes such as research, teaching, and private study.  There are numerous amounts of journals with many useful and interesting topics offered to a diverse audience.  The Horn Book, published by Media Source, Inc., for example, is a scholarly journal offered to a variety of audiences such as parents, teachers, and librarians.  Such journal is provided every two months making it available to the public six times a year.

The Horn Book journals’ focus is on children’s and young adult literature.  Some journals are written to provide the reader with a book review from an individual, whether it is a teacher or a librarian.  The book reviews give examples of the readings, critic comments, and questions the author’s writing.  The journal scores each book on a numbered scale.  There are a number of people that provide feedback on the list of books on the website and the journal. This is an interactive journal for educators interested in choosing new genres and topics that they may have not chosen just by coming across the book.  This format is user friendly and interactive.  The teacher can use the book reviews to look for the latest publications and help them make decisions about the literature they would like to introduce in their classroom. Other journals offer the reader with multiple letters to the editor, authors and agents in regards to published books.

I found some of the articles such as Our Choices for the Best Books of 2010 and What Makes a Good Sports Novel informative because they provided me with a synopsis of the book or a short description of its content.  When looking for adequate literature for my classroom, this would alleviate the time it would take to search for these books. The level the book is intended for or reading level such as pre-school, primary, intermediate, middle school and high school is offered as well.  This feature is crucial for the reading teacher that understands the importance of independent leveled reading.  The multiple letters to the editor, authors and agents were not of use to me in my classroom.  The information provided about the publisher’s relationship with the author was extraneous information.  In order to understand the reasoning behind the letters, I had to browse the author’s name and information.  I found this process to be very time consuming and useless in my classroom.  The organization of the journal, on the other hand, I found to very useful. It can be used as a model in the classroom for how real literature is used.  With the feedback provided by the readers, the students can do this for each other after reading their book of choice. Hopefully, just like the teachers are either persuaded or dissuaded after reading the reviews of their peers, students will also see that they have the choice of a variety of literature as well as a voice to express their own opinions.  I invite you to explore the website which I found user-friendly for people who are interested in children’s and young adult literature.

Journal of Children’s Literature

Literacy teachers need to stay informed about teaching practices and research. This semester students in READ 6325 are exploring scholarly journals that are in some way related to literacy. Each student was required to write a blog post about one such journal. I will be publishing one or two of their posts each week.

By: Mary Guerra

The Journal of Children’s Literature is published by the Children’s Literature Assembly (CLA) which is made up of professionals who study or are interested in children’s literature.  The Children’s Literature Assembly is an affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English.  The CLA is open and welcomes all ideas and research having to do with children’s literature.

 The Journal of Children’s Literature is published twice a year.  The articles in this journal are of research updates, authors and/or illustrators of children’s literature, and reviews of children’s books and professional books.  This journal targets teachers, librarians, and scholars who are interested in children’s literature.

 The Journal of Children’s Literature is dedicated to provide a way for teachers to exchange ideas and information in there interest of children’s literature to be able to use with their students.  The journal also provides the newest research and strategies used in classrooms to promote children’s literature.

 On the CLA website it has a sub-heading on Classroom Resources.  When I first saw this heading I was real excited because I thought I would find information on new activities, strategies, etc. used with children’s literature.  To my surprise this part of the website was some what blank.  I think they are still working on it or completely forgot about this section.  Hopefully they keep working on this part of the website because it would be interesting to see what kind of helpful information is added to this part.

 The next issue will be published fall 2011.  This article will include the topic of visual storytelling.  Teachers, students, and researchers are encouraged to submit articles that focus on instruction, theory, or research in the filed of children’s literature.  If the article is picked, it will be published in the fall issue.  Anyone who is interested needs to submit articles by February 01, 2011.  Those who do not meet the deadline can meet the spring 2012 issue.  The articles published in this journal will be open themed which can be anything about children’s literature.  The deadline to submit articles for the spring issue is on September 01, 2001.

 I think this is a good website and academic journal, but it does need some improvements.  There are only four journals available on the website and they have very useful information.  Some of the journals available contain reviews on children’s literature that teacher’s or student’s can read before starting to read.  If this website would have more journals available and would publish more often, there would be more people visiting this website.  I would recommend this journal to other teachers and graduate student; but it would be a journal they would keep in there back of their heads and may not even remember if they do not see or visit often.  The CLA should try to publish at least every two to three months instead of twice a year.  They have very good topics that teachers and graduate students will benefit from.  I even think that if there were more journals published; people would want to be part of the CLA membership to receive these journals and other benefits they offer.  I really liked this journal I just wanted to keep reading more information, but it did not have much.  The journals they have available consist of topics such as graphic novels, respected authors, and book reviews.  The website for this journal is fairly simple and easy to navigate.  It has the entire subheading on the left side and when clicked it goes on to the stated information.  Some of the pages have links on the bottom of the page that have additional information. 

 Visit the link and let me know what you think of the Journal of Children’s Literature.

The Reading Teacher

Literacy teachers need to stay informed about teaching practices and research. This semester students in READ 6325 are exploring scholarly journals that are in some way related to literacy. Each student was required to write a blog post about one such journal. I will be publishing one or two of their posts each week.

By Idalou

The journals of The Reading Teacher are published by a nonprofit global network named International Reading Association (IRA) which dedicates their time and efforts to worldwide literacy. IRA sponsors and publishes many other journals such as the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy and Reading Research Quarterly. The Reading Teacher journals are designed for institutions or individuals who work with students from age 12 and younger. The Reading Teacher is published online and in print eight times a year. It is printed monthly from September to May, but the months of December/January are combined. Any individual who is interested in purchasing an article from the journal can do so by accessing it on the IRA website with a cost of $8.95 and $6.95 for IRA affiliates. In addition, if there is anyone who is interested in becoming an IRA member they can do so by subscribing online. There is a membership fee ranging from $39.00 to $24.00.

The content in this journal mainly targets reading and is made up of many articles. It gives a lot of ideas and strategies that can be used with students. It mentions that it puts research into practice. The journals are written by educators for educators. Since these journals are based on research it is intended for individuals who want to improve students’ reading abilities. The Reading Teacher focuses on phonics, comprehension strategies, reading fluency and so much more. These journals are also intended to provide the necessary strategies needed to meet every learners needs.

I really enjoyed this journal. The Reading Teacher provides so many ideas that educators can read about. I read some articles on struggling readers, classroom support and instruction, and phonemic awareness. The articles that I read were so easy to read and understand. Since these articles are written by educators, they use the appropriate language to reach their audiences. I felt that this journal portrays realistic classroom situations. I have read some articles in which all the studies pertain to a perfect classroom. We know that it is not true. All of the students are different and I feel that The Reading Teacher tries to provide as much information needed to provide the appropriate support for every student. If you are looking for an article on comprehension, The Reading Teacher can provide you with a good article and good strategies. The format of the article is very organized. I don’t know about you all, but when I read I like to be able to see the words clearly. This journal provides a good size font that helps you read with ease. The Reading Teacher is a very good journal for teachers, graduate students, and undergraduate students. Teachers can use these articles for strategies that can help them maximize their classroom instruction. Undergraduate and graduate students can really use this journal for a very good source. They are very helpful in providing information on reading instruction and practice. I would recommend this journal to teachers. There are times that we are stuck and don’t know what to do so this journal can give you some insight on what can be done. You can access The Reading Teacher through this website

Reading and Writing Quarterly: Overcoming Learning Difficulties

Literacy teachers need to stay informed about teaching practices and research. This semester students in READ 6325 are exploring scholarly journals that are in some way related to literacy. Each student was required to write a blog post about one such journal. I will be publishing one or two of their posts each week.

By Mandy Thomas

 Reading and Writing Quarterly: Overcoming Learning Difficulties is a professional journal published by Routledge. It was previously published as the Journal of Reading, Writing, and Learning Disabilities International until 1992. There are four issues of this journal published each year. This journal consists of a variety of useful articles. In my opinion, this journal is aimed more for teachers and educational professionals. It would be difficult for a parent to read unless they are in the teaching profession. Most of the articles included in this journal would not be something useful for parents.

Reading and Writing Quarterly provides ideas to educate a mainstreamed group for literacy. Articles found in this journal provide critical information to help improve reading and writing in regular, as well as special education students. Most articles address the causes, prevention, evaluation, and remediation of difficulties with reading and writing in classrooms. Some possible topics for this journal may include adjustments for language-learning style, literature-based reading programs, teaching reading and writing in the mainstream, study strategies, language-centered computer curricula, oral language connections to literacy, cooperative learning approaches to reading and writing, direct instruction, curriculum-based assessment, the impact of environmental factors on instructional effectiveness, and the improvement of self-esteem.

Because of these specific topics, I feel that this journal is aimed for teachers and educational professionals looking for research or ideas in these topics. Teachers could read some of these articles and get an insight as to some new strategies or new ideas to use in the classroom. Professors may read some articles included I this journal and get an insight as to what is new and expose their current students to these topics. This journal would also provide students or professors conducting research with valuable information in reading and writing for students.

Most of the articles in this journal are rather dense. Articles include very useful information but it would be difficult for a parent to read. I feel it is more for a teacher looking for new ideas and information or an educational professional looking for research based articles. I have used some articles from this journal in research papers that I have completed. The articles do provide much useful information. Articles are peer-reviewed and most articles provide statistical information that can help the reader evaluate the research.

In the latest issue of Reading and Writing Quarterly, the article The Responsive Classroom Approach and Its Implications for Improving Reading and Writing, written by Erin M. McTigue and Sara E. Rimm-Kaufman, was interesting. I had never heard about the responsive approach (RA). This approach is a social and emotional learning intervention designed to produce classroom environments that are conducive to learning. The article was very detailed and a little difficult to read. It discussed the study that was conducted which I think was information for someone doing research on interventions in the classroom. But as mentioned before, this journal is more for the educational professional world. Issues contain good research articles that could be helpful to those who may need them.