Friday, August 23, 2019

#classroombookaday Recommendations: Building Community

As part of my #classroombookaday partnership with Follett Classroom, I get the opportunity to curate recommended book lists each month this school year. I share the recommended books in a blog post at the Follett Community site explaining more in depth my thoughts in creating the list and why I chose those specific titles, and the lists are available in Titlewave also. 
My September list kicks off the school year with Building Community
[Please visit the link to read the accompanying blog post]
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Monday, August 19, 2019

Back-to-School Picture Books 2019 #classroombookaday Recommendations

When considering picture books to recommend for #classroombookaday read alouds, one consideration I use is time of year or what may be happening in schools. Back-to-school time is when I think carefully about what those first read alouds of the year might be - those books that will help set the tone for the classroom community for the school year. The picture books below are some of the newer ones I am most looking forward to sharing with my students this year during the first month of school, and beyond.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

#pb10for10 2019 | Ten New Picture Books Honoring Family

I always love participating in Cathy & Mandy's #pb10for10 event celebrating picture books and providing many fabulous #classroombookaday choices! I inevitably end up with a longer wish list and shopping cart and a maxed out hold list at my library. So get ready, and then go check out other educators lists today back at Reflect & Refine

I've been thinking a lot about family this summer. With everything going on at the border and kids being separated from their families when seeking asylum, to kids who have been tragically lost in mass shootings or suicides, to some reflections around the reading about students of color and kids in poverty and trauma and the impact on families... they all have me thinking about my attitude toward, and assumptions I may make about, those who love those precious little lives in our buildings.


So with this year's Picture Book 10 for 10 list,
I wanted to celebrate the sense of family in new & upcoming picture books, 
in honor of the little humans I have the privilege to work with at school, 
and those who love them and leave them in our charge each day.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Picture Book Recommendations for Getting Started with #classroombookaday

I'm excited to be kicking off my #classroombookaday partnership with Follett Classroom this school year! I've done a Facebook Live introducing the #classroombookaday concept and also a Webinar on the basics of #classroombookaday with them. I will also be getting the opportunity to curate recommended book lists each month this school year to share with you. They'll be revealed in a blog post at the Follett Community site explaining more in depth my thoughts in creating the list and why I chose those specific titles, AND the lists will be available in Titlewave also (your librarians will love this!). To help you in getting started with #classroombookaday, my first list is sharing some all-time favorite picture books for these daily read alouds - all have been a hit with students. 
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