Tag Archives: Katherine Sokolowski

June 06

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 […]

April 17

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 […]

December 30


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 – […]

December 04

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 […]

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 […]

July 22

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 […]

May 07

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 […]

March 08

The Top Ten Favorite Picture Books So Far in Mrs. Sokolowski’s class

In our fifth grade classroom picture books are revered for the amazing art form they are. Today I asked my students a question: If you had to pick one picture book that every classroom should own, what would it be? When I limited the number to ten, groans were heard across the room. Comments ranged […]

Titles That Have Legs by Katherine Sokolowski and Donalyn Miller

Curating classroom libraries demands that we offer students books that stretch their imaginations and thinking, broaden their reading experiences, and engage them with reading. While we continually add new titles to our fifth grade classroom libraries, there’s a core list of books that we replace every school year because the books become so worn our […]

The 2013 Graphic Novel Winners Announced by Katherine Sokolowski

I’m so excited to share with you the winners of the third annual Nerdy Book Club awards. Each year I’ve written up the post for the winners in the Graphic Novel category and I will continue to do so as long as I can coerce Donalyn, Cindy, and Colby to let me. One reason that […]