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Stories in Verse

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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.

Maker Mindset

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Read Alouds to pair with makerspace that incorporate Maker Mindset.

DISGUSTING NONFICTION TO DELIGHT YOUR READERS!

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Gross things are always perennial favorites for kids… and adults. Stiff : the Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach was the first nonfiction book I read as an adult that delved… Continue reading

Diverse YA Fiction to Watch for in 2019

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‘Tis the season of dreaming about all the books we’d like to give and receive for the holidays! In the spirit of wish lists and adding to our own reading lists for the… Continue reading

It was a Book before it was a Movie

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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.

What does the F-Word Really Mean? Exploring Feminist Issues with High School Students

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With topics of feminism and the #MeToo movement all over the news, it’s obvious that women have stories to tell. It’s also obvious that your students are being exposed to the idea of… Continue reading

WARNING! You May Die of Dysentery

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          As a child of the 90’s, I cannot help but feel nostalgic when coming across The Oregon Trail: Choose your Own Trail series by Jesse Wiley. This series is… Continue reading

Summer is (almost) here again!

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For many, Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer. It is an exciting, energy filled couple of weeks for students and teachers still in school. When I taught, it was the… Continue reading

Moving Isn’t Easy, and Books Can Help us Understand

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After living near my hometown my entire life, I just recently moved to a new state that requires a plane ride or a cross-country road trip to get home. Moving is one of… Continue reading

Story In Verse: Poetic Form & Fiction

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Narrative Poet, Teller of tales within verse. A heartbeat’s snapshot. With National Poetry Month just around the corner, reading and writing poetry has been on my mind lately. Humans have been telling stories in… Continue reading