Maris Wicks Unravelled on The Yarn

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The Yarn Unravells Chris Grabenstein

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had a ton of fun chatting with Chris for The Yarn. He’s a great guy, and he really cares about his readers. I cannot believe that he does more than 200 Skype visits a year! Whoa. 

We’re always looking for interesting stories to explore for The Yarn. If you have any ideas please leave a comment on this post or shoot us an email: theyarn@bkpk.media

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 4/11/2016

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I’m excited to get back in the classroom after a wonderful spring break on the beach with my family. Have a great week everyone!

Books

My Seventh-Grade Life In Tights

By: Brooks Benjamin

This book really made me want to dance. Not slow dance, but really break it down and get groovy. I hope middle school readers like this book as much as I did. 

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Maxi’s Secrets

By: Lynn Plourde

Lynn did an amazing job with this one. I laughed, I cried, and I fell madly in love with the characters. There will be a group of adults 20 years from now that remember this book as being one of their favorites from when they were a kid.

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If I didn’t convince you to check out My Seventh-Grade Life in Tights earlier in this post, maybe the book trailer will do the trick.

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During spring break I spent a little time in a tattoo parlor with my wife. She got some new ink, and I heard a great song.

Spring Break Reading 2016

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As soon as school ends this Friday, the Sharp crew will pile in our mini-van and head for Gulf Shores, Alabama. It is my favorite week of the year. A week spent on the beach with my family is a little slice of heaven. Usually, I pack a whole bunch of books with the the idea of reading them all during break. It never happens. Watching four kids run around is a full-time job. The best job. Hopefully, I’ll be able to finish 3 or 4 of the 10 books I plan taking with me to ‘Bama.

I’ll be sharing this post with my third graders late this week as we continue to plan for reading over break.

Books I’m Taking on Spring Break

My Seventh Grade Life In Tights

By: Brooks Benjamin

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Audacity Jones

By: Kirby Larson

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Lizzie and the Lost Baby

Cheryl Blackford

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Six Kids and a Stuffed Cat

By: Gary Paulsen

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Waylon! One Awesome Thing

By: Sara Pennypacker

Illustrated by Marla Frazee

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When Friendship Followed Me Home

By: Paul Griffin

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Maxi’s Secrets

By: Lynn Plourde

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A Clatter of Jars

By: Lisa Graff

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Some Kind of Happiness

By: Claire Legrand

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Some Writer! The Story of E.B. White

By: Melissa Sweet

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A Few Surprises In The Classroom Library

I was out of school  the end of last week for Keicher Elementary’s tech day. It seems like I always find a few surprises when I return from a day out of the classroom. Yesterday was no different.

When I walked into my classroom I noticed that I had a whole bunch of new graphic novels in one of my graphic novel tubs. The books were written by two of my third graders. They decided that other kids would probably want to read their work, so they added it to our classroom library.

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I decided not to say anything about these new treasures. Instead, I figured I’d wait and see what happened. What happened was these books were on fire. I bet that more than half my class read at least one of their graphic novels during independent reading.

As the day progressed I noticed that they had placed other books they had written in both the fantasy tub and the Bob Shea tub (because they used Bob’s characters in the story).

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At the end of the day, I asked the boys about their work, and they gave me a couple of goofy grins and then they walked away.

I cannot wait to see where their little experiment takes our class. If I had to bet, I’d put my money on more books showing up in our classroom library tubs over the next few weeks. It makes me feel very proud that my students have the confidence to place their writing alongside their heroes.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 3/28/16

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I haven’t done an IMWAYR post in ages. I’ve missed doing them, so I’m going to try and get back in the saddle.

Books

The Wild Robot

By: Peter Brown

The Wild Robot is Hatchet 2.0! Kids are going to love Peter’s first middle grade novel. The Wild Robot is  a perfect read aloud. 12 year-old Colby would have read this book to shreds.

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This image Little Brown created makes me giggle.

The Happiest Book Ever

By: Bob Shea

Bob Shea read us The Happiest Book Ever last week during his author visit. My 9 year old son was cracking up the entire time. Bob Shea just gets kids.

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Last week Mr. Schu premiered the book trailer for Melanie Conklin’s Counting Thyme. I love Counting Thyme. Hopefully, the trailer encourages a bunch of kids to pick up the book and give it a read.

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If you haven’t listened to The Book Love Podcast you are really missing out. Penny Kittle has created what I feel is the best education podcast in the universe.

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Nerd Camp 2016 Authors and Illustrators

 

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Click here to learn more about Nerd Camp.

My friend Julie Kirchner asked me if she could go anywhere online to see what authors and illustrators were attending Nerd Camp this year. Yikes! Since my answer was no, I decided to fix that by creating a post that had that information. I’ll add to this post as we announce additional book creators that are attending camp.

Liesl Shurtliff

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Deborah Marcero

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Abby Cooper

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Aimee Carter

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Deborah Hopkinson

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Greg Pizzoli

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Adam Shaughnessy

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Minh Le

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Jenn Bishop

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Jess Keating

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Gae Polisner

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Tracey Baptiste

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Jen Malone and Gail Nall

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Kelly Barnhill

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Nora Baskin

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Raina Telgemeier

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Josh Funk

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Lauren Castillo

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Erica Perl

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Aaron Zenz

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Kate Hannigan

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Jennifer L. Holm

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Ruth Spiro

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