Tag Archives: Franki Sibberson

November 12

A Menu of Mentors: Reading for Possibility by Lynsey Burkins and Franki Sibberson

“Educators ‘layer texts’ when they teach and learn from multiple powerful texts. These texts are print and nonprint and are intellectually compelling.” Dr. Gholdy Muhammad, Cultivating Genius Anyone who knows us knows that we love a good text set! There is nothing like curating a set of books that helps move children forward as readers […]

September 24

Top 10 Reasons to Join Us in our October Graphic Novel Celebration!

Are your graphic novel book bins always empty?  Are your students begging you for more titles?  Are you always looking for new graphic novel titles?   Do you use them in the classroom to teach craft, structure and comprehension?  Do you love the energy they bring to the classroom?  If so, this event is for you! […]

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 […]

If Not For Franki by Donalyn Miller

I am not sure when I first met Franki Sibberson. I think it was at the 2009 NCTE Convention in Philadelphia. I knew about her work as a professional development author and speaker, of course. The Book Whisperer was published that year and I was just beginning to meet other professional authors and speak at […]

A Life Without Reading by Franki Sibberson

“Even when reading is impossible, the presence of books acquired produces such an ecstasy that the buying of more books than one can read is nothing less than the soul reaching towards infinity…we cherish books even if unread, their mere presence exudes comfort, their ready access reassurance.” A.E. Newton   Do you ever wonder how […]

Top Ten YA Books That Are Worth Reading EVEN if You Are Uncomfortable with Kissing in Books by Franki Sibberson and Katherine Sokolowski

Twitter, such an amazing spot for professional development, ideas for your classroom, and book recommendations. Over the years we have both developed strong friendships on Twitter. We trust our Twitter friends to steer us in the right direction when we are staring at an overwhelming “to read” stack. When we hear a Twitter friend has […]

Knowing Our Readers by Franki Sibberson

It is October. And, I am ready to teach.  Don’t get me wrong. I have been teaching lots of things. But during the first few weeks of school, I am teaching without knowing my children well. I am planning lessons and experiences that I hope are right for this group of children. And I’ve done […]

Well-Worn and Well-Loved: Ten Classic Professional Books I Cannot Live Without

One wall in my “office” is filled with professional books.  From floor to ceiling, the shelves are filled with the books that have helped me learn to teach thoughtfully. I have been reading professional books throughout my career. I have hundreds and hundreds of books that have impacted my thinking. I have been lucky to […]

Choice Literacy Podcast

Franki Sibberson interviewed Nerdy Book Club facilitators Cindy, Donalyn, and Colby for a Choice Literacy podcast. Be sure to listen, especially if you are new to Nerdy Book Club. Check out the Podcast on the Choice Literacy site at  http://www.choiceliteracy.com/public/1802.cfm or download from iTunes at http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/choice-literacy-podcasts/id488875239 Choice Literacy has a great site for educators. Be sure to check it […]


(New Year’s Eve seems a perfect time to think about the goals we have for the year ahead. To think about where we want to grow and what we need to do to get there.  In my usual tradition, my main goals each year have to do with fitness and exercise…) So, I am not […]