Bear Needs Help by Sarah Brannen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXRp2iQkG0o Skype Magic By Kate Narita As a teacher, my most memorable, pleasurable moments are when magic happens in the classroom. You know what I’m talking about. Those rare times when everything is in sync, and transcendence occurs in a roomful of people. Transcendence. That’s what happened when I read Bear Needs Help by Sarah… Continue reading Bear Needs Help by Sarah Brannen

I Wonder by K.A. Holt and Kenard Pak

Do tires ever get tired? How does a clock know what time it is? These are just some of the questions children ponder in author K.A. Holt's I Wonder picture book. With beautiful, whimsy illustrations by Kenard Pak, both the text and the images capture the questions we all have thought, but didn't dare to… Continue reading I Wonder by K.A. Holt and Kenard Pak

Carter Reads the Newspaper by Deborah Hopkinson

Carter Reads the Newspaper by Deborah Hopkinson It's difficult to narrow my comments about Carter Reads the Newspaper to a short blog.  If you asked me  the title of my #1 coaching book,  this is it.  This book has a lot: picture book biography, amazing book for black history month, narrative arc, and author's craft. … Continue reading Carter Reads the Newspaper by Deborah Hopkinson

Let ‘Er Buck! George Fletcher, the People’s Champion

“Life at home was no bushel of peaches either.”  “It was plain as the ears on a mule that he was born to ride.” “He took flight and kissed the ground.” Filled with sayings and phrases from the Old West, Let ‘Er Buck! tells the true story of George Fletcher, a black cowboy in Pendleton,… Continue reading Let ‘Er Buck! George Fletcher, the People’s Champion

16 Words: William Carlos Williams & "The Red Wheelbarrow" by Lisa Rogers and Chuck Groenink

We read this book during a poetry unit.  I assigned students to Poet Clubs where they read and analyzed poems by a certain poet.  One of the poets the students studied was William Carlos Williams. This lovely book was a perfect model for showing students how to infer the meaning of a poem and the… Continue reading 16 Words: William Carlos Williams & "The Red Wheelbarrow" by Lisa Rogers and Chuck Groenink

The 2020 Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge #NF10for10

As soon as I read Melissa Quimby’s post on December 19th, I knew how I would organize my 10 for 10 Nonfiction Picture Book Collection. Each Monday in Melissa's class, she reads a picture book biography aloud for #MeetSomeoneNewMonday. Here are ten picture books of inspirational people I want students to meet: Hector: A Boy, A Protestor,… Continue reading The 2020 Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge #NF10for10

The Thing About Bees: A Love Letter By: Shabazz Larkin

A true gem for any classroom! Shabazz Larkin’s The Thing about Bees is an “all about”, “how to” and poem all wrapped into one.  A mentor text dream! Second Graders said I never knew bees were so important! I think this book is about courage.  Mr. Larkin was afraid of bees. He wrote this book… Continue reading The Thing About Bees: A Love Letter By: Shabazz Larkin

The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA by Brenda Woods

"Whenever possible, you gotta try to see the goings on of life through more eyes than just your own, because that can help you see things more clearly.” This historical fiction novel takes place in a small southern town, and highlights the mistreatment of black World War II veterans in the years following the war.… Continue reading The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA by Brenda Woods

One Big Heart by Linsey Davis

With Beverly Davis, Illustrated by Lucy Fleming A celebration of being more alike than different! Each Friday, my sixth graders pair up with a kindergarten buddy to read, do math, or work on a project.  This week, we read One Big Heart and talked about the big idea of the book. Kindergarten students understood the message… Continue reading One Big Heart by Linsey Davis

Going Down Home with Daddy

Written by Kelly Starling Lyons & Illustrated by Daniel Minter Nothing is more important than family." I was delighted to learn that Going Down Home with Daddy was named a 2020 Caldecott Honor Book. From the first time I read the beautiful words and poured over the lush, acrylic wash illustrations by artist Daniel Minter,… Continue reading Going Down Home with Daddy