This week I’m sharing the Happy Like Soccer craft table my graduate students created. My students worked in partnerships to flesh out explanations for craft moves they identified in Maribeth … Continue Reading Craft Tables for You — Part III of III
This is the second in a series of three posts that include craft tables you can download for use during your conferences or strategy lessons. If you missed last week’s … Continue Reading Craft Tables for You — Part II of III
Craft tables are a way to organize one’s thinking about a books teachers will be use as a mentor text. Since a good deal of the mentor text work we … Continue Reading Craft Tables for You — Part I of III
Tad Hills’s new book, Rocket Writes a Story, is as touching and well-written as the first Rocket book, Rocket Learned to Read. This book is sure to become a mentor text … Continue Reading An Interview with Tad Hills + a Book Giveaway
A BIG thank you to the people who graciously responded to the post I wrote in March when I was compiling the book list for the graduate course I’m teaching. … Continue Reading Mentor Texts and Journal Articles and Professional Books… Oh My!
For Christmas we gave Sam The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. Sam and I have been reading it ever since. I like to move through books quickly, often staying … Continue Reading Hugo Cabret
Thanks to everybody who entered Be Quiet, Mike and Leslie Patricellie Board Book Three-Pack Giveaways. Candlewick Press will be sending the following books to the following people who left comments … Continue Reading Giveaway Winners for Leslie Patricelli Books
About a month or two after my daughter was born, I posted several status updates on my Facebook page complaining about the quality of the board books we had. They … Continue Reading An Interview with Leslie Patricelli + Giveaways
Buglette, the Messy Sleeper arrived at my doorstep about two weeks ago. (Review copy provided by Tricycle Press.) I was immediately drawn to the book for the fact that I … Continue Reading Buglette Blog Tour + A Giveaway
Last month President Barack Obama published a picture book, of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters, which is illustrated exquisitely by Loren Long. I received a review copy … Continue Reading President Obama’s Book + the Final Giveaway of 2010
Elise Primavera is the author of Thumb Love, a humorous look at Lulu who goes through a 12-step program to quit thumb-sucking. Elise’s guest blog post deals with writing Thumb … Continue Reading Thumb Love Blog Tour
David Ezra Stein wrote Leaves, which was one of my favorite picture books in 2008. Therefore, I was excited to read his newest picture book, The Interrupting Chicken, which was … Continue Reading Interrupting Chicken Blog Tour
With the school year wrapping up, I’m assuming that many of you are starting your final units of study. I’m sure many of you are doing an independent writing project … Continue Reading Inspiration for an Independent Writing Project
“The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.” — Joseph Joubert When I was at NCTE less than three months I was … Continue Reading Yes, students CAN publish their writing in two languages!
The Fall of 2006 brought me the savviest class I ever taught. Nearly all 32 of them scoffed at me on Wednesday, September 6th when I pulled out Nothing Ever … Continue Reading Picture Books in Upper Elementary School
My mother-in-law, who is a K-5 Literacy Coach, visited last weekend. She perused several review copies of professional books that were stacked on my desk while we talked shop. There … Continue Reading Endpapers
On Friday afternoon, I read my students Peter H. Reynolds’ book The North Star, which is about a boy who sets out on a journey. We started the year with … Continue Reading 565 Miles Apart.
I was delighted to happen upon Deborah Hopkinson, who was signing books in the NCTE Exhibit Hall, on Saturday afternoon. I’ve used books of hers, such as Saving Strawberry Farm … Continue Reading Writing in Second Person… A Mentor Text by Hopkinson
In the past few months, I’ve analyzed a couple of picture books, Those Shoes and Sweet Smell of Roses , to determine the craft moves I can teach my students. … Continue Reading Unpacking Picture Books
My copy of When It’s the Last Day of School by Maribeth Boelts is missing. With the end of the school year being tomorrow, I’m a bit frantic about finding … Continue Reading It teaches precise details… AND it’s missing!