It’s Monday! Amplify! Amplify! Amplify!

One of the highlights of #NCTE15 was hearing Katie Muhtaris and Kristin Ziemke speak. We follow their tweets, read their blogs and watch them on #The EdCollab Gathering. As the session began, the room

Slice of Life: Some Slices from #NCTE15

  NCTE always sends us home exhilarated and exhausted –this year was no different. As we reflected together on our flight home we noticed some patterns around engagement, acceptance and joy in many of the

It’s Monday! We Read a Newbery Contender!!

With the 2016 Newbery and Caldecott awards ceremony approaching in January many classrooms are hosting their own mock award celebrations.   Students all over the country are reading texts and asking themselves, “Is this book

It’s Monday! Surviving Bear Island Brings Alaskan Wildlife to Readers

This fall, we traveled to Alaska to work in a few elementary schools in Fairbanks and present at the Alaska State Literacy Conference. While we were there, we met local children’s book author, Paul

Slice of Life: Getting Students in the Game!

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”   Aristotle   We were looking over the student checklist for narrative writing. We were about to launch the next phase of the narrative unit and we wanted

It’s Monday! A Series You Don’t Want to Miss

    After reading Mac Barnett and Jory John’s hilarious books, The Terrible Two and The Terrible Two Get Worse, we wanted to learn more about the authors behind these stories. After a bit of Googling,

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: Jen Bryant Brings Research to Life

At the Keystone State Reading Association Conference (KSRA) this year, we were lucky enough to hear Jen Bryant speak about her writing process and her love of research.  Her book, The Right Word: Roget

Slice of Life: Focus on the Person First

Slice of Life: Focus on the Person First

It must be so difficult to care for residents with Alzheimer’s. No. I love my job. How do you do it? How do you stay so positive? I focus on the person first. These words, shared with

It’s Monday! Ending Happily Ever After…

It’s Monday!  Ending Happily Ever After…

We are closing out our #GNCeleration with one last post on graphic novels for It’s Monday!  We decided to end with a happily ever after! Here are two graphic novel series that are wonderful additions

#GNCelebration – Twitter Chat Tonight!

#GNCelebration – Twitter Chat Tonight!

  Win a free copy of ….. and chat via twitter with author Terry Thompson! Join us tonight for the culmination of our graphic novel celebration! We are teaming up with blogger friends at Kid Lit Frenzy,  A Year in