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TWO Happy Book Birthdays: ONE BLUE GNU + WAKE UP FREIGHT TRAIN = 6 Qs with award-winning #kidlit author Danna Smith

All aboard! I’m doubly excited to celebrate TWO Book Birthdays with Danna Smith on the blog today: ONE BLUE GNU (Illustrated by Ana Zurita/ Amicus Ink / March 8th) AND… WAKE UP, FREIGHT TRAIN! (illustrated by Jon Andersen/  Little Simon / board book / March 29th!) * Hop aboard this train-shaped board book that introduces… Read more »

I Wish People Knew…. an eighth grader speaks out about adoption and foster care

This week’s post is from “E” — age 14: As her mom noted, “She’s got a lot of thoughts brewing and I hope these are useful.” I wish people knew…Adoption is about finding parents for children who need them. NOT for adults who want to “Get a baby.”I wish they knew that Children are in… Read more »

Hohoho– “It is resolved that DECK THE WALLS teaches kids bad manners.” *Using DEBATES to teach Close Reading!

I had the pleasure of presenting at the California Reading Association’s PDI again this past November, to a packed house of AMAZING EDUCATORS, including the innovative crew from Loomis Grammar School, recipients of the 2013 California Exemplary Reading Program. Everyone participated in one or more of my FLUENCY GAMES & SONGS for Common Core and… Read more »

What to Expect When You’re Expecting–a BOOK! part8 PostBOOKum

As you might have guessed, Part8 of WHAT TO EXPECT gives us a glimpse of what happens (or doesn’t happen) AFTER THE BOOK IS BORN. Two “First Trimester” friends (see part 4) — JOANNE LEVY and GAE POLISNER are back, and I’m also thrilled to introduce my writing pal, ELANA K. ARNOLD, mom of two,… Read more »

Holiday Poet Tree

This easy Poet Tree assignment works for any season. Build literacy with your students–or just have fun with words! Holiday Poet Tree For K-1 , ELL, or higher* Standards: Reading foundation/Phonological Awareness/Recognize and produce rhyming words. Supplies needed: class set of index cards or small pieces of construction paper / 1 per student; string (or… Read more »