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Readers Read

To: Tim Shannahan

RE: Readers read

Let’s all take a minute to thank Tim Shannahan.

Over the last few weeks, a new fire kindled beneath the Great Silent Reading Controversy and flames erupted. 535 more words

Give an Invitation to Write

Penny Kittle, author, speaker, and educator spoke at the ALL WRITE CONFERENCE a few years ago.  She shared a story that touched my heart and put the icing on the cake for what I had been trying to do in my primary writing classes. 475 more words

Reading/Writing Connection

#BookTalk: Love That Dog

Getting through this book was a personal challenge for me, not because Love That Dog by Sharon Creech lacked quality, but because verse novels are really,  214 more words


Book Love: Developing Depth, Stamina, and Passion in Adolescent Readers by Penny Kittle

This review was originally published on July 18, 2016 at A Virtual Summer Book Club and is cross-posted here. Penny Kittle will be one of the keynote speakers at the… 520 more words

Annual Conference

#BookTalk: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

I finally caught up with the rest of the world and read The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Generally, I am not a fan of “coming-to-age” books because the voice never feels authentic to me, and I rarely make a connection to the protagonist. 431 more words


My Prayer

My Prayer . . .

—For the soldier that is alone.

Missing loved ones,

Fighting for our country,

Hoping the cause will matter.

—For the survivors… 56 more words



I remember those

last three days

of our times together

I knew you were slipping away. . .

Your breathing became shallow.

“How could you… 61 more words