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If You Like, Then Try...the YA Version

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It's that time of year. Crayons, Sharpies, and binders cover my kitchen counter. Papers are scattered on my bedside table, filled with ideas I think of at 2am. School starts on August 20. I return August 15, and I can't get into my classroom yet. Which wouldn't be so bad except I moved classrooms for the second year in a row. I have over 3,000 books in my classroom library, and I'm itching to start setting up my shelves. Instead of stressing out (okay, I'm still stressing), I decided to make book recommendation posters to hang. I purchased five clear plastic pockets from Target which will allow me to slide posters in and out without laminating. Because let's be honest-once November comes, I'll be neck-deep in everything else and won't spend the time to make these, let alone laminate them. If you're looking for a MG version, check out Cassie's post!

Bullet Book Reviews with @IowaAmber

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I’m going to try something new for book reviews. It’s definitely not groundbreaking, but I think it will be convenient and fun. I like reading book reviews that are short and quick (I think Instagram has ruined me … ) and I was recently inspired by a format that I saw in the most recent issue of Book Page magazine (which I pick up monthly at my local library).  Here’s a couple of books I’ve read this summer and loved: Full disclosure: I received both books from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I will be adding both books to my 5th-grade classroom library. Wonderland By Barbara O’Connor Release Date: 8/28/18 For fans of: Wish, Raymie Nightingale, Gertie’s Leap to Greatness, Just Like Jackie, and Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus First line: Mavis Jeeter sat on the bus stop bench beside her mother and whispered goodbye to Hadley, Georgia. The book: A story about a young girl named Mavis that moves

Shark Week Book Recommendations

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Nerd Camp 2018

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Photo courtesy of the Nerd Camp Facebook page There were so many moments during Nerd Camp this year that I felt so touched and overcome with emotion. I started keeping track of these moments in a note on my phone. Here’s what I wrote down. Thank you … Colby and Alaina for all the work you do to organize this event. You both handle everything with such grace and poise. I’m in awe of you both on so many levels. Thank you … Donalyn and Colby for starting Nerdy Book Club . Thank you … to the stranger I was sitting next to in the Being the Change session with Sara Ahmed and Chad Everett . You offered me a piece of gum and it was so nice. We chatted a bit and you said that your daughter has been in Nepal the past two years and you were going to see her that day. I hope you enjoy the rest of the summer with your daughter. Thank you … speaking of daughters … so many of you that follow me on Instagram said that you love seeing my videos and pictures of my daughte

Who Was blog tour and TV show

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Thank you so much for stopping by today for the Who Was Blog Tour to celebrate the Who Was? Book Series from Penguin and the new Who Was? Show on Netflix that brings these books to life. The Who Was? series have been a staple in all of my classroom settings. I have taught K, 3, 4, and now 5, and children of all ages can benefit from these stories. Actually, people in general can. The Who Was? books are written in ways that allow you to grasp the accomplishments, failures, successes, and much more of many individuals from all around the world. Who Was Louis Armstrong? is written in a way that highlights all of Louis's accomplishments as well as history on the jazz music that was his life. The details in the words and the illustrations play a huge part in recognizing just what Louis was known for. The story provides students with an insight of following your dreams and that if you work hard enough, you will accomplish those goals. Louis lived a l