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Keeping Curiosity Reading & Writing Alive at Home

This school year we launched our Wonder Wall in the library and began a program that released students to explore topics they were curious about as they practiced and learned reading and writing strategies. The feeling of freedom that students began to feel as they chose topics that most interested them brought excitement and energy… Continue reading Keeping Curiosity Reading & Writing Alive at Home

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Write! Write! Write! Poems by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

In my quest for great poetry books, I came across Amy Ludwig VanDerwater's newest collection, Write! Write! Write! I am a huge fan of her amazingly useful website, The Poem Farm and her previous poetry collection, Read! Read! Read! touched my librarian heart. In this latest treasure, beautifully illustrated by Ryan O'Rourke, there are poems… Continue reading Write! Write! Write! Poems by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

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The Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog and Other How to Poems Selected by Paul B. Janeczko

The Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog and Other How to Poems Selected by Paul B. Janeczko and illustrated by Richard Jones is a fun book of poetry that will inspire you to write your own poems. I would like to share a few of the poems with you! https://videopress.com/v/1r7nieYT?posterUrl=https%3A%2F%2Fteachersbooksreaders.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2020%2F03%2FIMG_6666-rotated.jpg&preloadContent=metadata @lryan61 shares a few poems… Continue reading The Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog and Other How to Poems Selected by Paul B. Janeczko

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Nya’s Long Walk to Water: A Step at a Time by Linda Sue Park and illustrated by Brian Pinkney

Nya’s Long Walk to Water: A Step at a Time by Linda Sue Park and illustrated by Brian Pinkney is a new book I have been reading with my second and third grade students. These award winners have paired up to create this companion picture book to the middle grade novel, A Long Walk to… Continue reading Nya’s Long Walk to Water: A Step at a Time by Linda Sue Park and illustrated by Brian Pinkney

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A World of Kindness From the Editors & Illustrators of Pajama Press

A World of Kindness From the Editors & Illustrators of Pajama Press is a beautiful book with simple text that reminds us all how easy it is to be kind. One feature of this picture book is that it is written as a series of questions. "Are you kind? "Do you wait your turn?" "Will… Continue reading A World of Kindness From the Editors & Illustrators of Pajama Press

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The Day You Begin, Jacqueline Woodson

As teachers, we are always looking for the very best books to help our students grow both as learners and as kind people in the world. The Day You Begin written by Jacqueline Woodson and illustrated by Rafael Lopez is one of those books. Jacqueline Woodson has beautifully expressed what many of us want to say to… Continue reading The Day You Begin, Jacqueline Woodson