In four days my new book comes out. I have been trying for a while to come up with a catchy blog post to announce it, but the truth is, my heart is heavy with the images of hatred coming from Virginia. With the calls to action, yet the fear so many educators have when it comes to teaching against hate in our classrooms. It seems silly for me to be excited about a book. But perhaps that is life in a nutshell, we are conflicted with our emotions and driven toward change. Good can exist along evil. Happiness can exist along hatred. Even as we reel with the news that unfolds around us, we are preparing for our first days, or perhaps we are already in them, getting to know this new great group of kids.
I wrote Passionate Readers as a way to give my students’ voices a bigger platform. To once again share the common sense advice that they have bestowed upon me and anyone else that would listen as I asked them how we could make reading suck less. (Student words…) I wrote this book not as a literacy expert, but as one who is on a journey to become better at teaching reading, at creating reading communities, at helping students hate it less or even love it more. As someone who was faced with 45 minutes for all English Language Arts and faced with the daunting task of getting vocal resistant readers to give books a chance. I filled this book with the research that I stand upon, but also the practical day-to-day that we all crave when we seek inspiration. I filled this book with every small thing that has worked and also the things that haven’t. I filled it with all of me and now, the world awaits. And it is terrifying, yet exhilarating to see it be released.
So in honor of the release date of Passionate Readers, I would like to give a copy away. Once I have a copy myself, I will mail it to one winner and hope that it becomes a book that is worth your time. All you have to do to enter to win is leave a comment on this post. The contest will run until August 17th at midnight, the day the book comes out.
PS: If you would like to order your own copy, please go here
If you like what you read here, consider reading my newest book, Passionate Readers – The Art of Reaching and Engaging Every Child, out August 2017. This book focuses on the five keys we can implement into any reading community to strengthen student reading experiences, even within the 45 minute English block. If you are looking for solutions and ideas for how to re-engage all of your students consider reading my very first book Passionate Learners – How to Engage and Empower Your Students. Also, if you are wondering where I will be in the coming year or would like to have me speak, please see this page.