Tag Archives: Heather Rader

August 25

Character-Inspired Collectors by Heather Rader

“Question #460: Poop. Poop. Poop is stupid. Stupid poop. Stupid. Poopid. Poopidity. Is poopidity a word?”   Silence.   When “Poop” is the first word your teacher reads aloud from  As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds on your first day of school of fourth grade—that gets your attention.   The main character Genie’s questions […]

October 02

Recommendations Without Walls by Heather Rader

Beginning my 22nd year in education after 13 years as a teacher-librarian and instructional coach, I am returning to the classroom this fall. In 2004 I walked out of my fifth-grade classroom carrying the last load of books as the tears fell. Somehow I knew it would be a long time until I returned to […]

November 28

Characters Like You and Me by Heather Rader

I was Anastasia Krupnik by Lois Lowry when I was ten. We were both precocious, observant girls who dreamed of being writers and worried about what having a newborn brother would bring. The next year I transitioned from Anastasia to Judy Blume’s Margaret trying to figure out what coming of age and religion meant to […]