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Books That Touch the Heart

A recent coaches’ networking meeting was derailed by an experience shared by one of the coaches. Sandy was helping a group of sixth-grade teachers put together a text set on...

Book Matchmaker: Texts for “Outdoorsy” Boys

    I received this request from Carolyn: “Can we tackle the age-old problem of books that get ten-year-old boys jazzed about reading? I had many boys this past year...

Chapter Book Read Alouds in the Primary Classroom

“It will never work,” said Leela, a veteran kindergarten teacher with 25 years of experience. “They love the pictures. They all get up on their knees to see the pictures...

Shopping With Ana: Expanding Our Definition of “Just Right” Books in Grades K-2

My six-year-old daughter Ana has recently discovered the joy of gift certificates. She received a gift certificate from Borders Bookstore from my parents for Valentine's Day. Ana seemed to grasp...

Playing with Word Work: Inviting Students to See Playful Language in Books (BOOKLIST)

In a recent discussion about a Time for Kids article, my fifth-grade students brought up the fact that many common sayings in books and magazines don’t make sense to them. In this...

Tips from the Pros on Starting Your Own Writer’s Notebook or Teaching Journal

Your writer’s notebook gives you a safe place to ask: What really matters? What haunts me? What in my life, in this world, do I never want to forget? Your...

Just Because They Can Doesn’t Mean They Should: Choosing Age-Appropriate Books for Literature Circles

“Whatever you are doing tomorrow, cancel it! You have got to come and see Jan’s literature circles.” That was the message that Patty, a literacy coach, left on my voicemail....

Hooked on Series: Great Series Books for Transitional Readers

Most of us have memories of a series that we loved. When I was a child, I was hooked on Nancy Drew mysteries. My grandmother had every one of the...

Planning for K-3 Author Studies (eGUIDE)

“Planning for K-3 Author Studies” is an eGuide designed for use by teachers working alone or with partners. The guide includes grids for monthly and year-long plans, suggested authors and...

Helping Young Readers Understand the Middle East: A Booklist of the Best Fiction Picture Books

I still remember the first time I read Day of Ahmed’s Secret. I showed the book to colleagues and friends, telling them, "He looks just like my uncle Girgi! " or...

Alphabet Books for English Language Learners

Five-year-old Bao Jun lived two-thirds of her young life in China, then moved to Portland, Oregon. On the first day of kindergarten, her mother told me, "You say, she understand....

Comprehending Graphic Novels: A Primer for Teachers

Some year ago I discovered a whole new "room" in the library, one I'd never visited before. Likewise, I have found shelves in the bookstore that I've only ever walked...

Poetry Friday! Poetry Books That Are Fun to Read Aloud

Early in my career, I taught at a school that had doughnuts and coffee for teachers each Friday in the teachers' lounge. It was a great way to start our...

Teaching About Words, Grammar, and Mechanics Through Children’s Literature (BOOKLIST)

When I think about my students as learners, I want them to be more than just good spellers. I think that this year, many of my daily word study lessons...

Book Matchmaker: Read Alouds That Invite Young Readers to Participate

There is nothing like a great story that naturally invites readers to join in. Our youngest students love those repeated phrases, and don’t need a prompt to jump right into...

Book Matchmaker: 3rd Graders Reading Below Grade Level

    Ellen is a tutor and works with 3rd grade students who are reading below grade level. Although these students are reading below grade level, they want to read...

Picture Books for Naming Emotions

I wrote in the first installment in this series about my daughter’s diagnosis with emotion dysregulation.  Through our family’s journey of learning how to help her, we discovered the importance...