being a teacher, books, Reading

The Best Books for Middle School According to My Students 2018

As has been the tradition of the last three years, my students are ending the year with the best book of the year speech.  A new twist this year is that they only get to use 15 words to describe the book in order to entice others to read it. As always, I loved seeing what… Continue reading The Best Books for Middle School According to My Students 2018

being a teacher, Literacy, picture books, Reading

Great Picture Books for Small Moment Stories

As we dive into our first fictional writing unit, I am reminded that sometimes kids don’t know how to move their story along.  So of course, what better time than to read some more picture books to remind them of the amount of action needed for a short story.  I dug through my shelves today… Continue reading Great Picture Books for Small Moment Stories

being a teacher, hopes, picture books, Reading

Great Picture Books to Inspire Hope in the World

It seems that these are dire times.  That hate, anger, and rage against others is more than the norm than ever.  I can tell you, going home to Denmark, many friends have asked me; what in the world is happening in America?  At times, it feels as if we are judged as a nation by… Continue reading Great Picture Books to Inspire Hope in the World

being a teacher, books, picture books, Reading

Some Favorite New Picture Books 2017 Part 2

  We live a rich life of picture books.  Surrounded by stacks of amazing text that makes us wonder, that makes us laugh, and that makes us ponder our even stories; Picture books are one of the most important components of our reading lives both at home and at school.  And while I have read… Continue reading Some Favorite New Picture Books 2017 Part 2