Category Archives: Reading Lives

March 22

Reading or Not, Here We Go: A Social Distancing #Bookaday Challenge by Donalyn Miller

“The world is indeed full of peril and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps greater.” —J.R.R. Tolkien   If you asked me three months ago what I would do if the world […]

March 16

The Healing Power of Books by Jodi-Beth Hazel

In the past few months, I have experienced a lot of change and trauma, but in the midst of these experiences, one thing has remained constant— books.  I have always seen books as powerful tools for escape, change, learning, and building community. Every time I enter a new season of life, I am reminded of […]

March 02

A Climb Inside the Window: Why We Need Diverse Books by Kelly Stephan

  It was just another Monday night. I picked up my son from basketball practice…my freckle face boy. He stands out on the court, not only for his sweet basketball moves but for his short stature and red hair. These boys on the court are his people, his team, the friends that have his back. […]

January 20

The Power of Listening by Clare Landrigan

I was facilitating a professional development session focused on how to administer a reading assessment.  A fifth-grade student just finished reading the text and I was beginning the part of the assessment in which we discuss the text together.  He seemed a bit nervous with all of the observers, so I tried to calm him […]

October 21

White Bird: A Lesson in Trust by Sarah Derringer

The new R.J. Palacio graphic novel is a “Wonder story” about a young Jewish girl’s experience in Nazi-occupied France in the 1940s? What?   I know. I was thinking the same thing.   You see, I, like millions of other readers, read and loved Wonder. I fell in love with the book’s message of overcoming […]

October 06

Readers, in Spite of School by Donalyn Miller

  I am endlessly fascinated with readers—what and why they read, how they became readers and sustain a reading habit, and the ways reading has shaped their worldview and their identity development.   I know other folks are endlessly fascinated with other aspects of reading and reading instruction including phonics, comprehension, or vocabulary. All of […]

September 30

When Reading is More Than Just a Story by Carrie Rodusky

Sometimes I come across a story that is so special, so important, that I almost do not even feel worthy enough to have been part of something so beautiful; like I was let in on a secret and that secret changes me.   I read many books. Not only because I love to read, but […]

September 16

Inspiration to Read written by Ryan Eckart

I wasn’t always a reader.  In fact, I wasn’t a reader until I became an elementary principal and a special person entered my life.  Growing up, I hated reading. In 7th grade, I remember my parents meeting with my teacher to figure out why I couldn’t remember anything I was reading.  From what I can […]

September 14

Building Each Other Up Makes the World (and our Reading and Writing) so Much Better by Theodora (Lolly) Salazar

As if I needed any more evidence of authors’ support for each other, I had the pleasure of reading some Twitter posts with pictures of Laurie Halse Anderson listening intently from the balcony as Jason Reynolds addressed an audience at this year’s Nerd Camp in Michigan!  In our society these days, we see such a […]

September 09

A Reading Life Is Not Linear by Clare Landrigan

“Thank you … I have been thinking about what you said”.   I turn to locate the voice and wonder, “Is he talking to me?”   Our eyes meet.    “You came to my class last week.  You told us that reading wasn’t always easy for you. No teacher ever says that.  I have been […]