I love my hair! / Amo mi cabello!

I love my hair! / ¡Amo mi cabello!  Señora Roth (@senorarothspanish) and I teamed up last week for a special bilingual story time with Sandra Cisneros’ book, Hairs / Pelitos. We were inspired by second grade students sharing stories about their identity with kindergarten readers – books like I am Enough and I Love My Hair […]

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International Dorm Student Book Club

BOOKS 📚 BUILD 📚 BRIDGES 📚 Kenya ➡️ Vietnam ➡️ Spain ➡️ Central Virginia ➡️ beyond 🌍 Thank you to Señora Roth and our Upper School Dorm students for the incredible conversation inspired by Angie Thomas’ novel, The Hate U Give, provided by Cville OneBook. It’s amazing how characters and their stories can open the door […]

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Three Cheers for Faculty and Staff Readers!

Three cheers for our amazing faculty and staff! 🎉🎉🎉 Children watch and learn from all of the adults around them, and we are so lucky to have a community full of caring adults that model respect, determination, and a love of reading and learning. It makes a huge difference! Ms. Stefanik, our school’s Director of […]

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Student Spotlight: Advice for the 2019 Reading Challenge

We asked students: What is your best reading advice? With 1,500 books read so far in 2019, we wanted to inspire other communities taking on the same challenge. Experts from kindergarten through fourth grade shared what has worked for them in finding the right books, making time to read, persevering when things get hard, and […]

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Three Cheers for Parent Readers

Three cheers for our amazing parent community! 🎉🎉🎉 Parent and family readers have been such amazing teammates in our 2019 Challenge, sending their titles in to help our numbers grow. Need a suggestion? Ms. Dozier just finished The Library Book and An American Marriage; Mr. Corral read Leading from Within; Mr. and Mrs. Edmonds both […]

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The 2019 Challenge

January is the perfect time to start thinking about goals and resolutions.  Who do you want to be this year? What’s in your way? What can help you to get there faster? In our library community, we are always working towards becoming stronger, more confident, more joyful readers. And the only way to get better […]

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Best of 2018: Blog Posts

It has been a big year for Fitz Between the Shelves. With a new focus and a bit of a makeover, there have been lots of changes around here. And with those changes have come some extra traffic to my little corner of the internet, with more than 11,000 views this year. This may not […]

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Student Spotlight: How Can Your Teachers Best Support and Empower You?

  Last week after Angie Thomas spoke to Charlottesville with Cville OneBook at the The Jefferson School, a panel of incredibly brave and eloquent local students answered questions about their experience with The Hate U Give, racism, and living in Charlottesville. I asked this remarkable group what advice they had for educators to support and empower their students. […]

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Third Annual Picture Book Month Celebration

I love November! The leaves are falling, the temperatures are too, and Halloween has left everyone in a warm and fuzzy sugar coma. But more than anything, I love November because it’s Picture Book Month! We’ve celebrated this literary milestone the same way each year that I’ve been at St. Anne’s-Belfield School, and it has […]

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