I love stories in verse. As the summer reading program director at my two sons’ elementary school, I found these types of novels are the easiest to get a student interested in reading for fun. In a PBS NewsHour interview, Jason Reynolds, the award winning young adult literature author, shares his ideas on how poetry can get more young people interested in reading. And I couldn’t agree with him more.
Books allow us to go beyond the movie, to dig deeper with more details shared by the author. They also give readers more opportunities to use their imaginations.
When I was a sixth grade teacher, one thing I always wanted more of were good books that opened up a dialogue with students about a variety of historical topics. I wanted more… Continue reading
Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks. 9781626721562. 2016. Gr. 4-7. Nameless City is the first book in a new trilogy by acclaimed graphic novelist Faith Erin Hicks. The core of the story revolves… Continue reading
The Wrath & The Dawn is a retelling of Arabian Nights told within a fantasy world. Khorsan is ruled by an eighteen year old king or caliph, Khalid who takes a new bride… Continue reading
In honor of upcoming Mother’s Day, I’ve selected 3 new picture books illustrating the joys and sorrows of motherhood. A Thirst for Home: A Story of Water across the World by Christine Leronimo… Continue reading
I had the pleasure of speaking to a group of upper elementary-age boys at a local public school last week. Their wonderful librarian had set up the “guys group” to be a focus… Continue reading