Middle School Book-Trailer-a-Thons (and 5th Graders’ Favorite Historical Fiction Book Trailers)

As 5th graders start each new Humanities unit this year, teachers Mrs. Thomson, Mr. Reed and I are trying something new to kickstart the excitement – Book-Trailer-a-Thons! On these special library days, students gather in the “FitzHenry Theater” and watch anywhere between 4-8 book trailers right in a row, however many can fit into approximately 20 […]

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Introducing Identity with an Identity Bag

6th graders are beginning a long journey into using stories as mirrors and windows , a concept that is invaluable to know (you can learn more about it here, or by researching the work of Rudine Sims-Bishop) but so tricky to teach. Sixth grade English teacher Mr. Passmore and I decided to start at the […]

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20 Great Books featuring Neurodiversity

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Albert Einstein. School should be a place for all types of learners and thinkers to shine. This year, Learning Village Librarian Sarah FitzHenry learned about the idea […]

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Ms. Fitz has read… January 4, 2020

What is Ms. Fitz reading? Here’s the view from January 4! In August, I set a few reading goals for the 2019-2020 school year. One of them was to focus on our collection when I was choosing my books to read, in order to highlight books that my students have access to and to increase […]

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Insta Review: Sparrow, by Sarah Moon

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! View this post on Instagram It’s #worldmentalhealthday. What are you reading? . . . What does anxiety feel like? What does it sound like? What does it do to your thoughts, your body, your appetite? For as much as […]

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Two Audiobooks that Might Save Your Road Trip

Mr. Fitz and I have a bit of a road trip problem. We’re both big readers, but we haven’t been able to agree on an audiobook since The Great Hunger Games Road Trip of 2012. We’ve tried and tried over the years, but with no success – it’s a whole thing at this point 🙄 […]

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Four Recent Graphic Novels

Happy 2020! We’re coming upon the end of our break from school, which means it’s the perfect time to settle in on the couch with a cup of tea (or three) and a new graphic novel ☕️ 📚 Here are four that I’ve enjoyed recently, if you’d like to see. Best Friends, by Shannon Hale […]

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My Favorite Moments of 2019

Earlier this week, I shared the most popular posts of 2019, according to statistics, on Fitz Between the Shelves. And while it’s fascinating to see what readers enjoy the most, it’s also surprising to see what makes it to the top of the list; because they’re rarely the moments that I loved the most! So […]

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Best of 2019: Blog Posts

Happy New Year, friends! I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday. I’m excited to share our top posts of 2019 – they’re always so different than I expect. Some of these were favorites last year, too, and some are brand new. I know that I loved writing them – I hope that enjoyed reading them […]

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Top 19 Reads of 2019

As 2019 comes to a close, it’s time to reflect on the stories that moved me this year – for better or for worse. I read about 275 books in 2019, and there were so many fabulous reads that this list was darn near impossible to narrow down! This list spans middle grade through adult, […]

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