Category Archive: books

A Bike Like Sergio’s: Review and Giveaway!

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Maribeth Boelts’ new book A Bike Like Sergio’s will appeal to readers and writers of all ages. It’s a heartfelt story with a message to which readers will relate; the right decision is… Continue reading

Waving the White Flag on Valentine’s Day!

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There are some days in an elementary school teacher’s life where the white flag must be waved. Halloween. The day before holiday break. Pajama Day. Crazy Hat Day. And, of course, Valentine’s Day…

Wild Things! Review and a Giveaway

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I enjoyed this book as a fan of children’s literature, but it is also a valuable resource to teachers of literacy.

Gifts From the Enemy: Book review and win a copy of this very special book.

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“There are those who say that what I’ve lived through never happened. But I’m here to tell you that it did.  My name is Alter Wiener and I am an ordinary person with… Continue reading

The Meaning of Maggie Book Review + Win a Copy of a Fabulous Read

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Soon-to-be-released The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern is a lovely book that offers plenty of opportunities to study high-level character development.

Letting Go As Student Interests Take the Wheel

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Kindergarten teacher Valerie Geshwind helps her students find their passions and their voice by honoring their interests, engaging them in a play-like writing workshop, & by supporting them as individuals.

Kate Messner’s Latest Picture Book

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I love this new title from Kate Messner and Andy Rash. As I read it, I was intrigued by the speech bubbles, and I wondered how they influenced Kate’s writing process. Lucky for… Continue reading

A “Jog” You Have Energy For

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I hope you didn’t miss the BIG event on Saturday: Picture Books 10 for 10 hosted by Cathy Mere (Reflect and Refine) and Mandy Robek (Enjoy and Embrace Learning). Bloggers compiled their lists of 10 picture… Continue reading

Investing in Reading Lives {Nerdy Book Club Guest Post}

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I’m so excited to be guest posting at The Nerdy Book Club today. Here’s the start and then head over there to read the rest. “Mom, I’ve decided to start a reading club,”… Continue reading

Hello August!

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Here I am and August is here too. It has been a long summer that is going too fast. It’s the paradox of time. One thing is for sure: It keeps moving. Next… Continue reading

Pretend it is Friday

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So I was planning to try a new kind of post last Friday. And then Friday came and went. How does this happen? So right now, let’s just pretend it is Friday. Or… Continue reading

I Read Banned Books

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How will you celebrate the freedom to read during Banned Books Week, September 30 – October 6, 2012? Check out the official website.

Fun with Language

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Recently someone asked me about my writing routine. As I was responding to her email, listing the times I squeeze writing into the day, I added this line: I remember I’m doing this… Continue reading

It’s Late…

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One of my professional goals this summer is to get ahead on my blog posts. So far I’m failing miserably at this. We’ve been out of internet since 6:17 am. It’s back (but… Continue reading

Summer Reading Plans

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Do you have summer reading plans? Like most things in life, it’s important to make a plan in order to meet your goals. In my little corner of the world summer is almost… Continue reading

The Book Stack

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No surprise here that this was in my book stack this week. If you missed the interview on Ruth Ayres Writes, click here. If you missed the way John influenced my thinking about… Continue reading

Words that are Speaking to Me

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Bingley was by no means deficient, but Darcy was clever. He was at the same time haughty, reserved, and fastidious, and his manners, though well-bred, were not inviting. — Jane Austen, Pride and… Continue reading

The Book Stack

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This is what I”m reading… I’ve not completely finished, but I’m hooked. The beginning started out in second-person. Still trying to decide if I liked that craft technique or not. I’d love to… Continue reading

The Book Stack

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An eclectic little stack today. Click on the images to go to a link about the book. I’ve been enjoying books I can read a little here and a little there. This book,… Continue reading

The Book Stack

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I have a new obsession…London. It started stirring slowly, but now I’m curious about London. This book sent my curiousity over the edge. Now I have nagging questions and bits of stories bouncing… Continue reading