Tag Archives: Katherine Sokolowski

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High Tech Student to Student Book Recs by Katherine Sokolowski

One of my goals with my fifth graders each fall is to create an awareness amongst my three classes that I am not the sole source of book recommendations for them. That they can get recommendations from their friends. After all, I will not be traveling with them to sixth grade, but their friends will. […]

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We’re All Hooked by Katherine Sokolowski

Graphic novels. They are a staple in most classroom libraries. In my classroom they are the single most circulated section of the room. Three walls of the classroom are covered in books. Tucked in the back in one section of the book shelves are the graphic novels. Most often, they look like this:   Book […]

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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 […]

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Top Ten Reasons I Choose To Read Poolside by Katherine Sokolowski

The last day of school has passed and summer has officially begun. That means it is time to fill up the pool bag, grab some sunscreen, a book, and head to our community pool. Many of my friends think I am crazy. Truly, my boys have reached the age where they could go on their […]

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Sharing Our Love of Picture Books by Katherine Sokolowski

It was this photo that started it. Nine weeks ago I looked up from a reading conference with a student and saw this, took the photo, and posted it to Facebook and Instagram.     It really wouldn’t be an unusual sight in my classroom of fifth graders. When we have independent work time, kids […]

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I am honored to be writing about the graphic novel winners for the Nerdy Book Club awards again this year. See, if you came to visit my classroom you would find a welcoming place—some comfortable old furniture, tables scattered around, and bookshelves encircling the room. We have a lot of books – over 3,000 – […]

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The Witch’s Boy by Kelly Barnhill – Review by Katherine Sokolowski

When trying to describe The Witch’s Boy to my students, I was at a loss for words. I finally said, “Sometimes I don’t know how to describe the books that I love to read, but I know they will be magical from the moment I open them.” The Witch’s Boy was just that type of […]

what you know first August 08

Teaching a Love of Picture Books by Katherine Sokolowski

School starts for us in less than two weeks. I have been escaping to my classroom each evening while my oldest son has football practice on the grass below my windows. I straighten tables, arrange our meeting area, and organize shelves. The other night found me standing in front of our picture books. Tubs and […]

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Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff – Review by Katherine Sokolowksi

Last year in about mid-September, I turned to a colleague and said, “If I say I’m reading another chapter book at the start of the year to all of my reading classes, please shout at me.” Don’t get me wrong, I believe in the power of the read aloud, and so do the teachers on […]

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Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson – Review by Katherine Sokolowski

Every time I read aloud a book to a classroom for the first time, I wonder how it will go. Books often start out a bit slow and my fifth graders are impatient to “fall into” them. We’ve had several great read alouds this year – picture books, novels, informational texts, poetry. None of them […]