Book Title: The Wordy Book Author: Julie Paschkis Illustrations: Julie Paschkis Publisher & Year: Enchanted Lion Books, 2021 Intended Age: 5-10 years Topic/Themes: Words, Questions, Graphic Design Opening Lines: “What does a word think about?” Synopsis: THE WORDY BOOK is a gorgeously surreal intertwining of words and images. Each breathtaking two-page spread asks a […]

Diagnostic SWI/RT Spelling Assessment (Updated)

MASTER April PDFSPELLING ASSESSMENT 4:20:22 WORD I’ve created a spelling assessment, with input from colleagues, that has been a helpful tool for documenting spelling achievement and progress. See the journey here Dr. Peter Bowers refined understandings led to the revision. Three important concepts to be considered are: Markers are graphemes. Graphemes, just like a Swiss […]

#PPBF: I’ll Go and Come Back

Book Title: I’ll Go and Come Back Author: Rajani LaRocca Illustrations: Sara Palacios Publisher & Year: Candlewick Press, 2022 Intended Age: 3-7 years Topic/Themes: Family, Culture, New Experiences Opening Lines: “For the first time since I was a baby, I flew across the world to see aunties and uncles, cousin-brothers and cousin-sisters, and Sita Pati.” […]

#PPBF: Counting to Bananas: A Mostly Rhyming Fruit Book

COUNTING TO BANANAS: A MOSTLY RHYMING FRUIT BOOK Words by Carrie Tillotson Pictures by Estrela Lourenco   Book Title: Counting to Bananas: A Mostly Rhyming Fruit Book Author: Carrie Tillotson Illustrations: Estrela Lourenco Publisher & Year: Flamingo Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 2022 Intended Age: 4-8  Topic/Themes: Humor, Counting,  Opening Lines: “Me, the […]

WordQuest: Galvanize

I saw that Narrative, the online literary magazine spotlights a “Word of the Week,” hosted by Carol Edgarian.  “Galvanize” is an eponym, named after Luigi Galvani, who first discovered so -called “animal electricity.” I love this quote about imagination by Edward Hirsch: “May this spring season galvanize you to follow your imagination wherever it leads.”

Perfect Picture Book Friday: This is a School

  Book Title: This is a School Author: John Schu Illustrations: Veronica Miller Jamison Publisher & Year: Candlewick Press, 2022 Intended Age: 4-8 Topic/Themes: School, Friendship, New Experiences Opening Lines: “This is a kid. This is a kid in a class.” Synopsis: This is a School is a big-hearted and brightly illustrated love letter to […]