Author and third grade teacher, Jody J. Little is joining the TBR Blogging Team. Jody writes books for middle-grade readers and I got the chance to ask her a few questions: Published in March 2019 Releases on March 10, 2020 What did you learn from writing this book that helps you teach your students? In… Continue reading Exciting News!
Each December, Nerdy Book Club fans nominate their favorite books of the year. The 2019 Nerdies Nomination Ballot is open until December 16th at midnight Eastern Standard Time. It’s not too late to share the titles you love. It was hard to choose, but here are my 2019 nominees. I picked up this stack at… Continue reading The 2019 Nerdies
This book has had quite a journey in my coaching bag. I pulled it out when a teacher described the tough morning he had before arriving at school. He proceeded to read it aloud to the group, and at the end of it, we were all in stitches. On another day, this book traveled to… Continue reading Who Wet My Pants? By Bob Shea and Zachariah Ohora
I was so excited when I found this book at the Harvard Book Store one Sunday afternoon. It is a fantasy picture book that pushes students to reconsider their initial ideas and lift their thinking as they read. When I began reading this book to a group of fourth-graders, they had no trouble inferring how… Continue reading Learning to Revise Our Thinking with the Help of the Piano Recital by Akiko Miyakoshi
Some books touch people's hearts no matter their age. Astro Girl is one of those stories. The first time I shared this book, I was with a group of principals and literacy specialists. When the story ended, a quiet hush filled the room. Then, digital devices began to glow as people ordered their own copies.… Continue reading Astro Girl, Ken Wilson-Max
I had to have this book as soon as I saw the cover. I am a big gardener and have always been fascinated by Japanese gardens, even though my gardening style is a bit different. But this book is about so much more than gardening – it is a book about saying good-bye, accepting the… Continue reading Ojiichan’s Gift by Chieri Uegaki and Genevieve Simms
When I read about this book in Horn Book, I immediately ordered it. First off, these stories are adorable. Sergio Ruzzier has taken such simple moments – a ride in a rowboat, sharing a cake, watching the sunrise and made them into stories about friendship. The stories are funny and endearing without smacking kids over… Continue reading The Quiet Boat Ride, Sergio Ruzzier
I chose to read The Very Impatient Caterpillar to third graders because it tied beautifully with their pollinator science unit and this book is “laugh out loud” funny – a perfect combination. I also loved the way Ross Burach wove information about butterflies into this narrative story in ways that kids could emulate in their… Continue reading The Very Impatient Caterpillar, Ross Burach
I met a lot of educators and read a lot of books over the years. So it made sense to create a space to share our collective passion for children's literature. I called my friends, and they called theirs, and suddenly we had twenty-seven educators with diverse experiences, backgrounds and book loves. I hope you… Continue reading Welcome!