Happy “New Year” to all my colleagues heading back to school this week! I am excited to share my summer reads list with colleagues and students and I can’t wait to hear all about theirs!
Here’s a snapshot of how I’ve spent my reading week…
I’ve recently picked up a text again that I bought last spring, the second edition of “Apprenticeship in Literacy: Transitions Across Reading and Writing, K-4” by Dorn & Jones.
I was a fan of the first edition and it was a foundational text in my coaching training six years ago. I’m happy to report that I’m an even BIGGER fan of the new edition! Dorn and Jones have expanded their work to include middle grade learning through grade four. This is fantastic news for those of us looking to bridge their great work in the first edition if AIL and Dorn & Soffos’ text, Teaching For Deep Comprehension, which is aimed at older students’ literacy development.
AIL’s new edition is so much more comprehensive in its scope and sequence and I was delighted to see the importance they placed on instructional language.
I’m also reading “Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library” by Chris Grabenstein.
This is going to be a great addition to libraries everywhere! The main character, Kyle Keeley is a 12-year-old who’d rather spend his time playing games (board, video, and otherwise!) than reading. But after getting grounded, Kyle figures winning the essay contest to spend a night in his town’s new high-tech library could be just the ticket to getting some of his screen time back.
The literary references abound in this fantastic tale of mystery and whimsy, as Kyle must work with the other kids in the library to solve puzzles and clues in order to get OUT of the library. I’m only 11 chapters in, but so far it feels to me like a cross between Jester’s “The Phantom Tollbooth” and Dahl’s “Charlie & the Chocolate Factory.” Secretly, I would love to create some events/activities for upper elementary readers around this book… (library sleepover, anyone?!)
I can’t wait to see how it ends!!!
Happy Reading, Everyone!