June 2015 | Peace, Love, and First Grade


Hi, everyone!

Earlier this week, I posted 8 books I plan to read this summer.

For pleasure.

Today I'm sharing 8 professional books I plan to read! 

A few of these are re-reads for me, but all of them are awesome!

Here we go!

No More, "I'm Done!" by Jennifer Jacobson
This is a re-read for me.
 I love the way Jennifer sets up her classroom for writing success!
 If you are looking for ideas to jump-start your Writer's Workshop, here you go!

The Daily 5 by Gail Bushy & Joan Moser
My summer started over a week ago, and I've already read this one. 
I love the way The Sisters share the changes they have made
 over the past several years. 
They also include a chapter on Math Daily 3. 
The Sisters are two smart girls!

UNSHAKEABLE by Angela Watson
UNSHAKEABLE was written by my sweet friend, 
Angela from The Cornerstone for Teachers. 
Angela knows a thing or two about positive energy
 and encouragement for educators. 
Her blog posts and podcasts motivate teachers to live their best lives
 and believe in what they are doing. 
For those days when you feel you are just going through the motions, UNSHAKEABLE will bring you back!

Growing Readers by Kathy Collins
This is a re-read for me, too. 
It's one of those books that gets you motivated for the new year. Growing Readers is an easy read with real lessons for Reader's Workshop. 
I keep this one close at hand!

The Next Step in Guided Reading by Jan Richardson
This one stays by my side, too. It's one of those books you can pick up, find the page you want, and read to your content.
Jan Richardson knows what real guided reading looks like and shares that knowledge with us.

About the Authors: Writing Workshop with Our Youngest Writers 
by Katie Wood Ray
I'll read this one as soon as I finish No More, "I'm Done."
I'm looking forward to reading about how Katie 
implements Writing Workshop in her classroom! 
About the Authors focuses on students in Kindergarten though Second Grade.

Number Sense Routines: Building Numerical Literacy Every Day in Grades K-3 by Jessica Shumway
This is one of the books that changed the way I approached teaching math. Whatever "program" you use, these number sense ideas and activities will work, honestly. They are quick and easy to implement, and help young children see numbers more clearly.

Comprehension Connections: Bridges to Strategic Reading
by Tanny McGregor
Comprehension Connections is my first Tanny McGregor book.
I've heard so much about her I knew I needed to read for myself. Comprehension is so stinkin' hard for some students. 
I'm anxious to  see the strategies Tanny uses with her kiddos.


There are so many incredible books out there for educators! 

It's almost impossible to decide what to read next! 

Thankfully, that means we'll never run out!

So, what professional books do I plan to read this summer?

Have fun reading!

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Hi, friends!
It's been a while since I blogged last-specifically two months.

The longer I blog, the more I realize I want only great content posted here. 

I don't want to waste your time if I don't have something really awesome to say.

That may mean I don't post as often (ha!) 
but it will also mean what does get posted is meaningful to me, 
and hopefully you.

I LOVE BOOKS! Most teachers do, right?

If you cherish your time inside the pages of a book like I do, 
then maybe you'll find a good read right here! 

My reading list this summer includes pleasure and professional reads. 
Today, I'm focusing on books for pleasure!

Later this week I'll share the professional books I plan to read.

*Clicking on the pics will take you to my Amazon affiliate links.

Let's get started!

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
This book is everywhere. 
This is the story of Rachel who travels each day on a commuter train. 
What she sees from the train, or thinks she sees, is the premise for the story. 
I'm a big fan of Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window!
 I can't wait to dig into this one.

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
This book has been sitting on my shelf for awhile. 
I hope this summer allows me enough time to dive in!
The Kitchen House is the story of the orphaned Lavinia, who finds herself working in the Big House of a Virginia plantation years before the Civil War.

At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen
Sara Gruen is the author of Water for Elephants, 
which is a favorite read of mine. 
At the Water's Edge is the story of Maddie, Ellis, and Hank, 
who travel to Scotland in 1944 in search of the Loch Ness monster.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
I have friends who live and breathe for a good Kristin Hannah book. 
I am ashamed to say I've never read one. 
I'm ready, though.
The Nightingale is the story of two sisters living in France 
during the onset of World War II.

Dark Witch by Nora Roberts
I've read many Nora Roberts books over the years but not in quite a  while.
 This one intrigued me. It's now sitting on my shelf. 
Dark Witch is the first in a trilogy of books about Irish cousins who live and love in a small town where supernatural powers exist.

How to Start a Fire by Lisa Luz
How to Start a Fire seems like the ultimate summer read. It celebrates the friendship of three women who meet in college and remain lifelong friends.

Those Girls by Chevy Stevens
Chevy Stevens is a new author to me,
 and Those Girls doesn't actually come out until July, but... 
I'm hoping to read it before school starts in August. 
This is the story of three sisters who change their names 
and go on the run after a horrifying event with their father. 

 I am SO excited about this one!
Did you grow up reading Judy Blume?
Well, she has another one out for big girls! 
Hip! Hip!
In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
In the Unlikely Event tells the story of Miri, who lived in New Jersey in the 1950s
 when three small planes crashed within two months. 
Miri returns to her hometown thirty-five years later for the commemoration.

Will I make it through all these books this summer? Doubtful!

But...it makes me happy to see pretty books on my shelf and know they are there when I'm ready. 

That's the neat thing about books, like good friends, they are always there.

Happy reading, friends!