Editor's note: Senior editor Christy Damio is our on-site expert on Lexile and Guided Reading scales, which of course play a huge role in the creation of Storyworks Jr. Here, she shares what she’s learned, and why we always count on your feedback to fine-tune our approach...

By Thomasine Mastrantoni and Deborah Goldstein, the Link Ladies
Our favorite library media specialists, The Link Ladies, are happy to share one of their essential “AppStyleLearning” ideas for back to school. Using this app will give your students super-engaging ways to “talk” about their reading. Any Link Ladies-approved app follows some basic guidelines: It's easy to use, it's effective, and it's free. In the case of this app, it provides a student-centered way to develop independent thinking and create a super-engaged shared learning environment for your classroom this fall...
By Aimee Dolan
We couldn’t resist sharing a recent Periscope Twitter event with our new social media darling, and Executive Editor of Storyworks Jr. Kara Corridan. Please enjoy a (previously filmed) live video walk-through of our debut September issue, with Kara right from her office desk...
By Kara Corridan
Welcome to Storyworks Jr.
By Aimee Dolan
We know that the hustle-and-bustle of back to school is well underway for most of you, and we want to help make the transition as smooth as possible. Did you know that Storyworks has an entire library of completely FREE activity sheets that can be used with almost any text? It's a great resource, especially in this busy time! We want to highlight two of our favorite activity sheets from the library...
By Aimee Dolan
Attention, beloved teachers: We have a special treat in the form of a podcast interview with New York Times bestselling author Lauren Tarshis, who just happens to be the editor of Storyworks, and our fearless leader. We know many of you offer her I Survived series in your classroom libraries for students, and are yourself fans. We thought you’d enjoy this ultimate behind-the-scenes interview (meant for grownups, not students) about her wildly successful books as well as updates on installments in the works...