At the end of the year, I find it helpful to reflect back on my reading for the past year. Along with looking at the total number of books I read, and it’s never as many as I hope because there are SO many good books I want to read and never enough time, I also think back on the ones I consider the best I’ve read that year. These favorites are typically the books I recommend the most to others throughout the year, and the ones that stick with me in some way.
Did you know it’s National Ninja Day?! Well, I didn’t either until I happened to see a tweet about it awhile ago, and I knew I had to celebrate it because there are some fabulous picture books with a ninja theme!
You can find me at the National Council of Teachers of English Convention this weekend!
I’m presenting in three sessions, and I’ll be attending many others to soak up the learning, along with finding out about upcoming books and hanging out in the Benchmark Education booth a bit in the exhibit hall.
Ever since I first heard about it, I loved the idea of Read for the Record®. I have seen in the classroom firsthand the power of shared reading experiences, and the idea of people around the country and world coming together to share a story is powerful.
It is that which we don’t understand or want to avoid that often scares us the most. So I advocate for access to books, and diverse viewpoints, for all students, by celebrating Banned Books Week this week, and our freedom and right to read. Won’t you join me?
For most teachers in Wisconsin, it’s the first day of school today! I’m sharing some of my favorite books I read this summer that would be great to share with students in classrooms this fall.
I am a huge proponent of picture books in every grade, and used a picture book read aloud every day of the school year with my 7th & 8th graders when I was teaching, which led to #classroombookaday. When I heard about #pb10for10, Cathy Mere & Mandy Robek’s initiative to have teachers share a collection of ten picture books great for the classroom every year on August 10th, I knew I wanted to participate. I’ve participated every year since 2013 (2014 & 2015 lists), and although traveling and presenting PD this week made me a couple days late, I didn’t want to miss the chance to share some great picture book read aloud options.
I have been been across, around, up, and down the country so far this summer…and it has been filled with bookish excitement!