Peruse the following links to find current trends in education. Furthermore, spot trendy nonfiction books and magazines. Round out your exploration by viewing professional writing organizations.

Education Sites

McRel: Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning McREL is an education and research laboratory. Of particular interest is its national standards database with supplementary lesson plans.
National Association for Gifted Children NAGC is an organization that supports the needs of gifted children. It includes a section on hot topics in gifted education such as differentiated instruction and curriculum as well as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

Nonfiction Book Sites

Stem Friday This blog provides a place for fellow kid lit enthusiasts to review STEM books every Friday.
Nonfiction Monday This is another popular site where bloggers write about nonfiction books every Monday.
Nonfiction Detectives This is a great site that has hundreds of children's nonfiction books reviewed by two librarians.
INK Think Tank This comprehensive website provides a database of nonfiction book titles all linked to national standards.

Magazine Site

Parent's Choice Award Winners: Magazine This site provides a list of top children's magazines as voted on by parents.

Writing Organizations

Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators This world organization provides children's writers and illustrators an opportunity to network, improve their craft and fine tune their freelance business.
Heart of America Christian Writers' Network This organization focuses on networking, skill improvement and publication.