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Welcome to my blog!I'm a teacher in a beautiful, small, rural town. I moved here a few years ago, but I have taught over 20 years in this same small town that is now my home. My experience is in teaching second, third, and fourth grades with one year in sixth grade. I am always reading, learning, and reflecting on what goes on in my classroom. I love the work that I do with the parents, my fellow teachers, and most all-my students.I hope you will enjoy reading my blog.
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Thursday, July 7, 2011

My Favorite Books


Childhood Favorites:

  • Katie and The Sad Noise
  • The Little Brute Family
  • The Frances Books by Russell and Lillian Hoban
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • Where The Red Fern Grows
  • All of A Kind Family


Classroom Favorites:

  • Hank The Cowdog
  • Bunnicula
  • Charlie and The Chocolate factory
  • A Year Down Yonder
  • A Long Way from Chicago
  • The Teacher’s Funeral
  • Frindle
  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
  • Sarah Plain and Tall
  • Other favorite authors: Patricia McKissack, Eve Bunting, Cynthia Rylant, Patricia Polacco, Patricia MacLachlan, Lester Laminack, Chris Van Allsburg

Professional Favorites:

    The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller

    anything by Kelly Gallagher

    anything by Rick Wormeli

    Wonderous Words, Katie Wood Ray

    Strategies That Work 

    anything by Pam Allyn

    Reading with Meaning  and Teaching with Intention  Debbie Miller 

    Igniting a Passion for Reading, Steven Layne

    Mosaic of Thought 

    anything by Lucy Calkins

    Nonfiction Matters, Stephanie Harvey and Ann Goudvis

    Interactive Think-Alouds, Lori Ozkus

    Reciprocal Teaching at Work, Lori D. Oczkus

    Launching the Writing Workshop: A Step-by-Step Guide in Photographs, Denise Leograndis

    First Days of School, Harry Wong

    Rafe Esquith — Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire and There Are No Shortcuts -

    Subjects Matter: Every Teacher's Guide to Content-Area Reading Harvey Daniels and Steven Zemelman —

    anything by Laura Robb

    Guilty Pleasures:

  • Gone With The Wind
  • Cold Sassy Tree
  • Cold Mountain
  • anything by Fannie Flagg
  • anything by Anne Tyler
  • anything by Lee Smith
  • anything by Adriana Trgiani
  • anything by Sharyn mcCrumb
  • The Sookie StackhouseSeries
  • anything  by Phillipa Gregory
  • British history books
  • Cookbooks
  • A Dog’s Purpose

Anything I can get for $o.99 or free on my KINDLE!Smile

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Runde's Room said...

Thanks for linking up today! That's an impressive list of books!!!

Beverley Baird said...

Lots of great choices! So many books I have enjoyed and a few to look into reading!

Fran Richardson said...

Thank you for the comments! I believe having a mother who was a librarian was good and bad. We didn't buy lots of books when I was young so I have over-indulged as a grown up!

Jennifer Gibson said...

I love A Year Down Yonder and A Long Way from Chicago! I forgot to put them on my list! Thanks for sharing.


Fran Richardson said...

The grandmother in those two Peck books is one of my all time favorites. I had to stop reading these to my fourth graders because the first book is used in fifth grade. :( So I get my fix from another book. My Richard Peck read aloud is now The Teacher's Funeral. I love Tansy though not as much as the grandmother. I just love his books, and the kids applaud!


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