It’s Monday! Little Tree – A Book We Love For So Many Reasons

There are some books we love because the story speaks to us and there are some books we love because the book brings back a memory. Little Tree is a book that we love

Slice of Life — The Whole Orange

Slice of Life — The Whole Orange

Aunt Clare, that was not just a slice, that was the whole orange.  My nephew said these words to me right after I gave my mother’s eulogy. There was truly no better response anyone could

Slice of Life: Situations – Do They Know the Best Play?

Slice of Life: Situations – Do They Know the Best Play?

  In summary, be sure to teach your team how to react to as many baseball situations as you possibly can. That is the only way to ensure that your players will have a chance

It’s Monday! Ralph Fletcher’s New Book and Two Texts to Pair With It…

In Ralph Fletcher’s newest book, Making Nonfiction From Scratch, he asks an important question, “What would it look like for kids to create authentic nonfiction without relying on a formula, rubric or rigid outline?”  

10 For 10 Nonfiction Picture Book Event – Books That Inspire Change

Each February, Cathy Mere from Reflect and Refine and Mandy Robek of Enjoy and Embrace Learning host the 10 for 10 Nonfiction Picture Book Event. We love this event because we learn about so many wonderful nonfiction picture

Slice of Life: Needing to Connect

Tuesday is the day to share a “Slice of Life” with Two Writing Teachers. Thank you, Anna, Betsy, Beth, Dana, Deb, Kathleen, Stacey, and Tara. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.  Get ready to

It’s Monday! The Book Itch – A Book We Almost Missed

The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth and Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore, Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and R. Gregory Christie It was happenstance we found The Book Itch. We were at the library picking up a few books we

Slice of Life: Emotional Explosions

So, how’s your book club on Brown Girl Dreaming going? Silence. Do you want to turn and talk to your partner about what is going well and what you might want to change about your book

It’s Monday! We Read Three Thought-Provoking Picture Books

The Whisper, Pamela Zagarenski The Whisper is a magical story about the power of wordless books. In the story a little girl borrows a special book from her teacher and tells her own stories as

Slice of Life: Audience Matters

Slice of Life:  Audience Matters

“I know the sign is for us, but I can’t read it.” “What do the words say?” “We can’t do it if we can’t read it.” I recently had the privilege to explore opinion writing with some