IMWAYR: First Days of School Picture Books

I made it through the first few days of school (teachers are in the buildings while students are remote learning). I’m exhausted! I did manage to gather and re-read picture books for read alouds and mentor texts for this first quarter. One special new book is Nana Akua Goes to School, written by Tricia ElamContinue reading “IMWAYR: First Days of School Picture Books”

IMWAYR: Several Ways to Read

There are several ways to read and last week I tried audiobooks. This week I’m hitting my NetGalley TBR list and revisiting a favorite character with a new story. On NetGalley (Thank you for the approval, Delacorte Press.): The Assignment by Lisa M. Wiemer (due August 25, 2020). According to the publisher’s description, The AssignmentContinue reading “IMWAYR: Several Ways to Read”

IMWAYR: Slowing Down for Summer

I’m slowing down this week to enjoy some summer weather. This week I finished… Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo Wow! This novel-in-verse is about two teenage girls from different places on the globe who share a father. A plane crash brings Camino (from the Dominican Republic) and Yahaira (from New York City) andContinue reading “IMWAYR: Slowing Down for Summer”

IMWAYR: My Anti-Racist Reading List

I spent the afternoon pondering where to start–choosing 50 books to share with friends and colleagues as I move towards anti-racism. Reading, speaking, writing…I must do better for my fellow humans. Check out my Bookshop. I will be reading these books as I move forward, and I look forward to discussing the titles with others.Continue reading “IMWAYR: My Anti-Racist Reading List”

IMWAYR: Happy Memorial Day!

To all those who fight and fought to keep us free, THANK YOU! Today I remember grandfathers, my father-in-law, uncles, cousins, and friends who serve and who served. Happy Memorial Day! Wrapping up the virtual school year, so I’ll be busy this week, but I have two books pulled aside: A High Five for GlennContinue reading “IMWAYR: Happy Memorial Day!”

IMWAYR: Professional Development Titles

Thanks to Heinemann Publishing’s fabulous Teacher Appreciation sale, I was able to add some professional development books to my library last week. Now I can share with my school friends AND add to my own learning. Thank you for your generosity, Heinemann! Read the World: Rethinking Literacy for Empathy and Action in a Digital AgeContinue reading “IMWAYR: Professional Development Titles”

IMWAYR: Back on Track – Picture Books are Perfect!

I’m finally back on track. This week is Picture Book Week on Facebook Live, sponsored by Kwame Alexander and friends. I’m excited to hear all the read alouds from authors this week. Today was a lively reading by Sherri Duskey Rinker. Her new book, How to Put an Octopus to Bed, is due in theContinue reading “IMWAYR: Back on Track – Picture Books are Perfect!”