Reading Teacher Writes

Sharing a love of literacy with fellow readers and writers


IMWAYR: Book Birthdays and Re-Reads

IMWAYR is a weekly blog hop with kid lit co-hosts Jennifer from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers. The original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It’s a great way to share what you’re reading and get recommendations from others. We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs each week.

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Physical Books – New: Happy Book Birthday to John Schu and Lauren Castillo! It’s FINALLY here! This Is a Story is a long-awaited picture book for celebrating readers and reading. I was lucky enough to see this one before it publishes tomorrow. Look at this cover! (That’s how I hold new books – I hug them!) There’s even a poster on the inside of the jacket. Share this story with all your friends and family!

T.P. Jagger is in town! My author friend came to visit for a few days and meet students from our district’s elementary schools. We are having so much fun talking about writing (secret tips!), reading, and T.P.’s series, Hide and GEEK. These four friends – Gina, Edgar, Elena, and Kevin (the GEEKs) – are having adventures and solving mysteries and our readers love the series! In the first book, the GEEKs try to save their town as the famous toy factory that manufactured the Bamboozler is shutting down. In the second book, someone is trying to say the GEEKs are frauds! What? (You’ll have to read and find out.)

NetGalley and I’m still reading Dear Medusa and listening to Finally Seen. These books are keeping my attention even though I just started a very busy week.

It’s MONDAY! What are YOU reading?


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Curriculum Tip Tuesday! Calling All Parents, Students, Teachers …

If you are a parent, a student, or a teacher, I would like to introduce you to a new site for reading and writing that I find worthwhile. Now, mind you, this site is owned by a friend of mine, Dr. T.P. Jagger, a former colleague and current children’s book author and professor, so I have a biased opinion. But…

Check this out!

I especially enjoy the original readers’ theater scripts and the “writing tips” video (more to come!) that Dr. Jagger created to help students read and write more fluently and creatively. Plus, his dynamic style is engaging and fun!

Parents: This site is easy to use at home! Just type the address, navigate, and enjoy helping your child to learn more; have a great time reading and writing.

Students: Check in with “Dr. J” personally, and he can help you to become a better reader and writer. He’s interesting to watch, too! Funny guy!

Teachers: I have used this site already in my classroom, as a center! While you are conferring, a few students can watch a video, practice a readers’ theater script together, or navigate the site for interesting (cool!) information. This may be a helpful “extra” lesson plan for you.

Thank you for your interest in education, and your continued support of all of our educational websites! Happy Teacher Appreciation Day! Have a great week.