Tag Archives: Gigi McAllister

February 07

Ten Books for Fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Gigi McAllister

Recently our district held parent-teacher conferences. Happily, several parents shared their excitement with how much their child was enjoying reading this year. One parent expressed some concern because her son only seemed to want to read and reread the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney. Middle graders love the Wimpy Kid series […]

Her Book by Gigi McAllister

It is around 7:00 in the evening and my daughter Molly and I are snuggled together on the couch reading aloud from a book with an almost empty box of tissues between us.  We are a sobbing, blubbering mess and I couldn’t be happier.  The book we are finishing is Lynda Mullaly Hunt’s powerful tearjerker, […]

Ten Ways to Get Books for Your Classroom or Library by Gigi McAllister

Do you get the same feeling that I do when a new box of books arrives? I feel like a kid in a candy store when I get a box that I know contains books my class has been waiting for.  Well, kids are no different. Kids are nerdy just like us and they LOVE […]

Top Ten (or so) Middle Grade Books to Awaken the Inner Reader in Every Child by Gigi McAllister

We all have them, our go-to books that we use for those students in grades 3-5 who have yet to be bitten by the reading bug.  You know them.  They are the kids who can’t seem to stick with a book from start to finish. They browse the stacks day after day but, despite your […]

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney – Reviewed by Gigi McAllister and Class

Students from elementary to high school and even some adults have anxiously awaited the release of Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Third Wheel. My fourth graders were no exception.  As Jennifer Tazerouti suggests, we took advantage of all the hype by having a book release celebration.   The arrival of the Scholastic […]

The Late Bloomer’s Path to Becoming a Reader by Gigi McAllister

Unlike many teachers, growing up I was that quiet, painfully shy girl who never participated and lived in fear that everyone would find out that I was dumb.  I was the one who could not understand what I read because it was all just words to me.  Well I’m grown up now and I am […]