Author Archives: CBethM

Dory and the Real True Friend jacket art July 07

From Survival to Joy by Abby Hanlon

My first teaching job was in an elementary school in West Harlem with over 1,100 students.  It was a designated “failing school,” which is why I was assigned to teach there as part of the New York City Teaching Fellows Program. Instead of a regular classroom teacher, I eagerly signed up for “writing teacher,” personally […]

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The English Teacher Who Almost Quit Reading by Brett Vogelsinger

I remember my creative writing teacher in tenth grade lamenting the fact that she had such a difficult time convincing her colleagues in the English department to read.  The school district was working to integrate some newer titles into its approved reading list, and she felt it was, ironically, the English teachers holding it up. […]

Sketch11319220 July 05

Just One Book Top Ten by the AllWrite Dinner Crew

When you get a group of literacy educators together at a table over dinner, what does the conversation turn to? Books! The problem is how fast our “to be read” stack grows when we get together. So. Many. Books. How to help? We each decided to pick just one book (this is really hard!) released […]

dash cover July 04

Top Ten Lessons Learned Writing a Book For My Students by Greg Armamentos

Several years ago I switched the writing emphasis in our classroom to choice writing. Rather than spending the entire year on narrative, persuasive, and expository methods, we would primarily write for creative purposes. We would write daily, passionately, and boldly. The idea was to rescue writing from being relegated as merely a school subject, and […]

Sketch11319220 July 03

Where Do You Go to Find Your Reading Community? by Jennifer Walker

I recently had the pleasure of learning with Dr. Jennifer Buehler, President-Elect of ALAN. Dr. Buehler asked our group of educators, “Where do you go to find your reading community?” As I thought about my response to Dr. Buehler’s question, I also wondered if she had issued this as challenge of sorts, questioning if all […]

seeds of freedom July 02

Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama by Hester Bass – A Review by Rose Cappelli

Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama  by Hester Bass and illustrated by E.B.Lewis is a study in contrasts. The Civil Rights Movement is full of stories of violence and hatred, many of which occurred in the state of Alabama. But in this book we learn how the citizens of Huntsville, Alabama chose […]

fish in a tree - final cover July 01

Great Minds Don’t Think Alike by Stacey Riedmiller

Sometimes, as a reader, you find Heart Print Books.  You know the ones: they get in there and nestle right into the very core of you. The characters are people who become friends, settings that become tangible. For me, these stories (or experiences), have helped shaped me as a woman, friend, daughter, wife, mother, teacher […]

circus mirandus June 30

Who is a Book for Anyway? by Cassie Beasley

My parents never said no to a book.   Every year they said, “No, we can’t have an extra week of vacation.” (You’d think they would have given in at least once.) And they said, “No, you can’t stay up until midnight. You’re sleepy.” (I wasn’t.) And on one memorable occasion my mother shouted, “NO! […]

Sketch11319220 June 29

Book Pushing by Mary Lou Shuster

  They say confession is good for the soul so I am here to confess to all of you that I am, “gulp”, a book pusher. And I have no shame – I push to adults and children and not just in book venues either, as you will soon see. I do not discriminate. I […]

i don't want to be a frog June 28

Write! (You Know You Wanna) by Dev Petty

  It took quite a while for me to identify myself as a writer. Until only recently, and despite enough picture book manuscripts to wallpaper the moon, I would gloss over my writer-ness, opting instead for “former visual effects artist,” “mom,” or “sandwich maker” which I’d throw in just to see the reaction. I waited […]