The Very Hungry Code-a-Pillar

“You mean we get to TOUCH the ROBOTS?!” 🤖 💕 As part of our robotics unit, kindergarten students got up close and personal with their first set of robots this week! We used a beloved, classic story to ground this unit in literacy and bring the story to life. We started by sharing The Very […]

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Global Read Aloud Postcard Exchange

It’s Global Read Aloud season! The annual literary tradition kicked off at the end of September, and our students are so excited to be reading and connecting with readers all over the world through amazing common literature. We are extra excited this year to be the school from the state of Virginia participating in the […]

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An Easy Lesson for Kickstarting Graphic Novel Conversations

I love teaching graphic novels, especially to middle school readers. My goal with any graphic novel unit is to get readers to think about their books differently and start reading them as closely and seriously as they do their traditional novels. You can see a collection of my past work with graphic novels here. This […]

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Coming Soon: Family Book Club, Love Sugar Magic

It’s Fall Family Book Club time, and we’re adding a pinch of magic to our Book Club recipe! Students and their families are invited to read Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble, by Anna Mariano. Family Book Club is designed for students and their parents/families to share the story together at home. After completing the novel, all […]

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Behind the Shelves: School Library Planning

Do librarians use lesson plans? What kind of planner do you use? How do you plan for so many different classes every week in the library – and how do you keep it all straight? I’ve gotten a few questions recently about how I plan, so I wanted to share my current system. Planning as […]

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What Does a Writer Look Like?

What does a writer look like? Students are building their vision of the world based on what the see at school and at home. When I was in school, there was only one picture of a writer in my head: an old, wealthy white man. I never knew that a writer could look like anything […]

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The No No Never Never Box

 Let me introduce you to the NO, NO, NEVER NEVER! box, the easiest, most ridiculous, shouldn’t-work-but-does-every-time idea in the world. It’s easy to recreate: Fill your No, No, Never Never Box with a mix of things that are notoriously bad for books (scissors, juice) and things that fit how library books are used best (a […]

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Exploring Cozy Reading Spots

  What fits your brain and body best when you want to read? Do you like laying down or sitting up? Being squished or having space? A silent area or soft music playing? Every reader is different! Last week, first graders used the Noticing Tool to observe new things in the library. At the top […]

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How We Talk About Books

How do your readers talk about books? For years, I never bothered to teach students how to talk about books. I didn’t spend class time on it, but I sure would get frustrated when readers would say things like, “It was good.” I wanted them to dig deeper and share more, and was so frustrated that […]

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