Tips, Titles and Tools for Teachers

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I'm looking forward to seeing all of you and hearing about your summer vacation!


In my first newsletter of the year, I'm sharing Top 10 book collections you must check out and links to some important blog posts for a new school year. I am planning to start the year by visiting all of your classrooms to read aloud a picture book and reconnect with students!


Happy Reading!

New Picture Books

10 For 10 Picture Books


August 10 is Picture Book Day! Book-loving bloggers share their Top 10 picture books using the hashtag #pb10for10. Here's a list of some of my favorite Top 10 lists from 2016! Most of these posts include a collection of picture books connected by a common topic, such as perspective or mindset. Enjoy!



Books That Inspire Conversation About Creating


Books That Inspire Big Questions


Books for the First Day of School


Books About Perspective


Books for Argument and Debate


Heartprint Books


Books About Believing in Yourself


Books for Observations, Sketching and Writing


Books for Quick Writes at the Beginning of the Year

Articles to Start Your Year Right!

Seven Rules of Engagement: What's Most Important to Know About Motivation to Read

Great article with classroom tips about motivating students to read!


Reading Teacher Priority Number One: Getting to Know Your Students As Readers

Great blog post about the importance of taking time at the beginning of the year to get to know your students as readers!


Filling Book Bins on the First Day of School

Blog post from Frank Sibberson with great tips for helping students choose books for their book bins or independent reading time.


The Power of Morning Meeting: 5 Steps Toward Changing Your Classroom Culture

This post is about the impact of morning meeting on classroom culture. Even when we are short on time, morning meeting is time well spent!


Thinking About Books and The Classroom Library

An excellent post full of ideas and reflective questions about organizing your classroom library for students!


The First Days of Reading and Writing Workshops

A great reminder to slow down at the beginning of the year and spend time getting to know your students as readers and writers!

Shelly Moody

Instructional Coach

Atwood Primary School

Williams Elementary School