Category Archives: Top Ten Lists

hesitant readers recs August 01

Top Ten Authors Recommended for Hesitant Young Readers by Tiffiny Spire

During the twelve years I spent teaching elementary school, I made it a personal goal to help each of my students discover the joy of reading. I always had a few authors up my sleeve to tempt those hesitant readers.  With the help of librarians and fellow teachers, I’ve added more to my list.  In […]

10-Should I Share My Ice Cream July 25

Top Ten Lessons Elephant & Piggie Have Taught Us by Jen Terry & Jacquie Eckert

Elephant & Piggie books are favorites amongst our classrooms of readers. They are picked up and read and shared and shared again each day. Not only do Elephant & Piggie books make us laugh out loud, they also cleverly teach us lessons. Children’s picture books are a key component in helping kids connect to authentic […]

Top Ten Books on My Summer To-Read Pile by Matt Renwick

For the first time, I am participating in the Goodreads Reading Challenge. My goal is 50 books in 2015, or about one per week. As you can see, I’m a bit behind schedule. Maybe by posting the titles I plan to tackle this summer, I will be more motivated to catch up. Creative Schools: The […]

Top Ten Sci-Fi/Fantasy Villains by Ben Kuhlman

A while ago, I started thinking about the connection between a good sci-fi/fantasy story and a good villain.  A really scary, truly evil villain can make a story.  I thought it would be fun to think about these villains and their worlds and try to explain how it sometimes seems like the villain is more […]

wendy 1 July 11

We Are Family: 10 Picture Books About Adoption by Wendy Falconer Gassaway

One of my greatest joys as a parent is reading aloud to my children. The way they lean into me as they look at the pictures, the surprise, laughter, or wonder we share as a story unfolds–it’s blissful, which is not something you can always say about parenting.  My kids, adopted at 6 and 8 […]

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 […]

parrotfish June 27

10 YA Books that Altered My Paradigm by Holly Kregel

I think of all the things I’ve experienced as a young adult; then I think about the much longer list of things I haven’t experienced, things I know startling less about but affect people around me in ways unfathomable to me (violence, gangs, mental disorders, domestic abuse, etc.) Facing certain realities in the context of […]

neighborhood sharks June 20

Ten Picture Books with Resources about the Illustrators’ Processes by Helen Labun Jordan

I’m not a visual artist. I lack all visual artist sensibilities. In high school, I drew a charcoal picture of a lizard statue sitting under a flower vase that looked pretty much like the objects in front of me. I framed it, hung it up, called it a day artist-wise, and never thought about shadowing […]

the prince on the pond June 13

Whose Story is It Anyway? Ten Characters Who Take Back Their Books by Natalie M. Rosinsky

If you think you already know that classic story or novel, think again! You and the young people in your life will smile with delight or shiver with astonishment as a well-known plot unfolds from an unexpected character’s viewpoint. Everything from fairy tales to legends to literary classics are creatively retold in these attention-grabbing works. […]