Category: Uncategorized

My Newbery and Caldecott Predictions – 2019

Only a weekend away now — THE book awards season is upon us, and I’m eagerly waiting for the live webcast of the Youth Media Awards on Monday, January 28th (live from Seattle, 8:00 am PT, during the ALA Midwinter Conference). I’m so sorry… Continue Reading “My Newbery and Caldecott Predictions – 2019”

IMWAYR: Snowy Cold = Reading Time

The snow, cold, and long weekend helped me to settle down and read these last several days. I thoroughly enjoyed mixing it up with several reading genres that all proved excellent choices. It’s Monday! What are you reading? The Art of Comprehension, by Trevor… Continue Reading “IMWAYR: Snowy Cold = Reading Time”

#MustReadin2019 — Books From 2018 I Didn’t Finish

Carrie Gelson of “There’s a Book For That”( hosts a hashtag for all the readers who didn’t get to finish their TBR lists in 2018 – #MustReadin2019. (Thank you, Carrie! I see I’m not alone.) I read over 140 books in 2018 (I’m terrible… Continue Reading “#MustReadin2019 — Books From 2018 I Didn’t Finish”

My 2018 One Little Word — Venture

My “One Little Word” for 2018 was VENTURE. As I look back over the year, I found that I ventured out more than I ever thought I would. I took risks and made mistakes; I laughed and I cried. I spent more time thinking… Continue Reading “My 2018 One Little Word — Venture”

IMWAYR: H is For Haiku

Amy Losak, Sydell Rosenberg’s daughter, sent me her mother’s work, H Is For Haiku. Amy knows I love poetry and short texts I can read to my middle school students for enjoyment and for study. As I read each A to Z poem, I… Continue Reading “IMWAYR: H is For Haiku”

IMWAYR: So Little Time…

With the little time that I have this week, I’m reading… The New Kid by Jerry Craft I opened this one just now. It’s a graphic novel, so my middle schoolers will love it, I’m sure. I will use this book to add to… Continue Reading “IMWAYR: So Little Time…”


This could be a long post, but I am thinking you would be upset, so I won’t list every picture book from my PD session today at #RSAC2018. If you want the list of books we used in the session, please feel free to… Continue Reading “IMWAYR: PD Week”

IMWAYR: My To-Be-Read List Grew After #NCTE18

My TBR list grew exponentially after #NCTE18. It’s amazing to live in the literacy world and I’m honored to meet with authors and illustrators all over the country. It’s a special time to be a reader. Today I read two new titles (to me)… Continue Reading “IMWAYR: My To-Be-Read List Grew After #NCTE18”

#NCTE18: A Love of Learning

NCTE’s annual conference was an amazing awesome adventure! All my friends were there, from all my groups, and I saw almost all of them (for at least a few minutes each) during my stay in Houston. I loved the theme this year, Raising Student… Continue Reading “#NCTE18: A Love of Learning”

I’m at #NCTE18!

I’ve been reading more than writing lately, which is strange, because my round table session on Friday at 2:00 at #NCTE18 is called “Overcoming the Fear and Seemingly Impossible.” (Stop by Room 320AB) I’ll be talking about FEAR and what I have done to… Continue Reading “I’m at #NCTE18!”