Tag Archives: Holly Mueller

DearDragon_cover January 07

OUR TOP TEN FAVORITE FICTION PICTURE BOOKS OF 2016 by Holly Mueller and her 6th Grade Class

For several weeks in December my 6th graders have been reading and reviewing many of this year’s picture books in order to choose contenders for the 2017 Caldecott Award, which will be announced on January 23rd.  I always like to watch the ALA Youth Media Awards with my classes, but it’s way more exciting to […]

the great unexpected October 26

Top Ten Children’s and Young Adult Books About Trees, Woods, or Forests by Holly Mueller

I participated this year for the first time in the March Slice of Life Story Challenge, started by Two Writing Teachers.  It was an amazing experience.  I personalized the challenge by writing about childhood memories because my fifth graders were writing memoirs.  In one memory, I wrote about my love of trees and playing in […]

love that dog July 12

TOP TEN WAYS TO TURN YOUR CLASSROOM INTO A HOTBED OF ENTHUSIASTIC READERS by Megan Ginther and Holly Mueller

We are intermediate grade teachers who have learned over the years that there are practices that get kids excited about reading.   We tried to rank them but decided they were all equally important.  We can’t imagine eliminating any of them, so these are not in any particular order. 1.  Know your kids. Did Katie’s hamster […]

Top Ten Middle Grade Books About Mice by Holly Mueller

    What is it about mice?  We don’t like them scurrying around our houses or garages.  Some people get cats just to limit the mouse population, and we all know stories of ladies jumping up on tables or chairs, screaming at the sight of them.  We even think elephants shudder and quake in fear over mice. […]

#ReadWalkWater—How a Book Leads to Social Action by Holly Mueller and David Etkin

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ You’ve probably seen this video already. As of this writing, it has almost 61 million views. What’s cuter than babies dancing?! Did you catch the last tag line on the ad? “Evian. Live Young.” Advertisers want us to buy into the idea that water makes us more beautiful. And young. Frankly, I’m more into […]

TOP TEN WAYS TO TURN YOUR CLASSROOM INTO A HOTBED OF ENTHUSIASTIC READERS by Megan Ginther and Holly Mueller

We are intermediate grade teachers who have learned over the years that there are practices that get kids excited about reading.   We tried to rank them but decided they were all equally important.  We can’t imagine eliminating any of them, so these are not in any particular order. 1.  Know your kids.  Did Katie’s hamster […]

TOP TEN CHRISTMAS PICTURE BOOKS by Holly Mueller

Every year, my husband and I give each of my daughters a Christmas picture book and a pair of pajamas to be opened Christmas Eve. These are ten of our favorites. Josie’s Gift by Kathleen Long Bostrom and illustrated by Frank Ordaz Josie’s only desire the Christmas after her Papa died was that blue sweater […]

Same Sun Here by Silas House and Neela Vaswani Reviewed by Holly Mueller

Same Sun Here by Silas House and Neela Vaswani, the audio version narrated by the authors, played in my car while I was driving from Cincinnati to my parents’ home in Somerset, Kentucky, over Labor Day weekend.  When it ended, I felt deflated.  How could I part with 12-year-olds River Dean Justice and Meena Joshi, […]

RETRO REVIEW: THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE by Kate DiCamillo – Reviewed by Holly Mueller

I read the gorgeous book The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane aloud to my class at the beginning of every year.  It becomes a touchstone (mentor text) in my classroom for the rest of the school year. I used to teach fifth graders, and the first year I decided to share this book, I was […]