Insta Review: Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! ‘Whoever did this was looking to send a message of fear, aimed at all Muslims.’ It worked. I’m scared.” From the author of the beautiful picture book Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns comes Amina’s Voice, a book that takes big, […]

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Insta Review: After Eli, by Rebecca Rupp

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! A seventh grader suggested this book to me, but casually forgot to mention that it would rip my heart out and stomp on it by the time it was over. For Dan’s entire life, he has been Eli’s little brother […]

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Ms. Fitz Has Read… January ’18

Inspired by the wonderful Pernille Ripp, I’ve got a new reading resolution for 2018: I’m kicking my reading log up a notch. So that younger readers (and those not using social media) can follow along too, I’ll be keeping a visual reading log on the wall outside of the library. Follow along with my 2018 […]

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Insta Review: Guitar Notes, by Mary Amato

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it!  I picked up Guitar Notes on a quest to find a good book about non-musical theater music performance and theory for my middle school musicians. (What a difficult topic to find – if you have any suggestions, I’d love to […]

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#IADWAYR – January 3, 2018

In today’s episode of #IADWAYR, 5th graders in Core 1 answer the question: It’s A Day, What Are You Reading?

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My Favorite Reads from 2017

Each December, my Twitter feed is buzzing with Top 10s and Top 20s, and I AM A SUCKER. FOR ALL OF THEM. I have an incredible online professional network, and I love hearing about the books that have inspired and excited my teaching friends from all over the world. I find some of the best […]

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Insta Review: Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall, by Wendy Mass

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! Another seriously quirky story from Wendy Mass. The novel opens with a dodgeball hurtling toward Tessa’s head. Those few seconds stretch into slow motion as Tessa considers ducking to get out of the way – but then decides not to. […]

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Insta Review: Absolutely Almost, by Lisa Graff

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! Albie is starting to realize that he’s different. Okay, so maybe he’s known for awhile – he can’t answer questions as quickly as his classmates, his teachers get frustrated with him so easily, and he mysteriously had to leave his […]

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Insta Review: Piecing Me Together, by Renee Watson

 Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! Jade lives in the “bad” part of town. Her dark skin, curvy body, and unruly hair make it easy for people to assume that they know all about her – and she is so tired of fighting the stereotypes. Even […]

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Insta Review: The Boy in the Black Suit, by Jason Reynolds

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! Another bittersweet, complicated story of grief and survival by #jasonreynolds . Mike Miller’s mother is dead. She was sick, and that was hard, but now she’s gone – and he has no idea how to move on. To help his […]

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