My Book Launch Week Was AMAZING!

I had an amazing book launch week. Connecting with old friends and making new ones left my heart full. I tried to film a little bit each day. I took those clips and put together a little video (below). A HUGE thank you to everyone for all of your support. It means the world to me.



The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson | Book Talk

Varian Johnson’s The Parker Inheritance is amazing! Please add it to your to-read list. It will not disappoint.

Please let me know what 2018 books you are loving by leaving a comment below. You can find my list of AWESOME 2018 books by clicking here.

Check out some more awesome 2018 books for kids below!

I’ve been thinking a ton about my classroom library lately. Please check out these classroom library videos below!

How To Make Friends Online

I had an awesome time hanging out with Donalyn Miller last week at the South Carolina Association of School Librarians Annual Conference and the Michigan Reading Association Annual Conference. Donalyn is one of my best friends in the world, so any time learning with her is awesome. Donalyn and I made a little video together in South Carolina with some tips for educators wanting to connect with like minded people online. Check it out below!

Any time I hang out with Donalyn Miller I think about classroom libraries. Be sure to check out my Classroom Library playlist below.

The Creativity Project Launch Day!

I had the best time launching The Creativity Project today at school with my Parma Elementary family. It was one of the most amazing days of my entire life.

After one of the most exciting and exhausting days of my life, I turned on my camera and live streamed a reflection. You can find that reflection below.

If you’d like to watch other videos about The Creativity Project check out this playlist:


Poetry Teaching Tips From Laura Purdie Salas

I don’t know about you, but teaching poetry: STRESSES ME OUT! Thankful, Laura Purdie Salas is here to help. I asked her what tips she had for educators that don’t feel super comfortable teaching poetry.

Check out what she had to say below!


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Friday, Feb. 23 – Student writing at Reflections on the Teche with Margaret Simon (

Friday, Mar. 2 – Friend Friday with Kirby Larson *giveaway* (

Monday, Mar. 5 – 3 Question Interview with Melissa Stoller at This Writing Life (

Wednesday, Mar. 7 – Swapping Family Traditions with Linda Mitchell at A Word Edgewise (

Wednesday, Mar. 14 – Poetry Tips for Teachers at One Question with Colby Sharp (

Sunday, Mar. 18 – Thoughts from Rani Iyer at All Things Science, Nature & Culture (

Tuesday, March 20 – Student writing at Reading to the Core with Catherine Flynn (

Wednesday, March 28 – Student writing with Susan Apps-Bodilly at Laura’s blogWriting the World for Kids (

I Had The Best Teachers Growing Up

The Creativity Project is in the world!

With the publication of my first book upon us, I can’t help but think about all the teachers in my life that helped me get to this point. I owe them everything. Since I can’t give them everything, I decided to make a video sharing my favorite things from their class, and how much I appreciate the impact they have had on my life.

If you’d like to preorder a copy of the book, you can click on the affiliate link below:

If you’d like to watch more videos about The Creativity Project click on this playlist:…

Check out a list of my awesome 2018 books:

Books Between Podcast!

I’m crazy excited to be on Corina Allen’s Books Between podcast. We had a ton of fun talking about The Creativity Project together. The episode also includes some awesome tips for reading aloud in the classroom. I highly recommend subscribing to her show. It is awesometastic!

Click on the image to go to the episode and check out the show notes.

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Subscribe to Books Between on iTunes below!

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Never. Stop. Learning

I think that one of my favorite things about being a teacher is learning each day with my students. They push me to grow. They drive me to try new things, and they make me so darn happy to be their teacher. They will always be the source of most of my learning. Always. As much as I love learning with them, attending conferences is something that I need. Learning from experts is how I became the teacher today, and continuing to learn from them is how I will become the teacher I strive to be.

Last night, I recorded a livestream about how on fire I feel after attending a couple of conferences earlier this week. It felt good to share.

Thanks for watching!

Can Literacy Drive Social Change? | Sara K. Ahmed

Sara Ahmed is a brilliant educator tha we can all learn a ton from. I got a chance to chat with her for a little while at NCTE last fall in St. Louis, and I was blown away.

My one question for Sara: Can literacy drive social change? You are going to want to hear what she had to say on the topic.

You can pre-order a copy of her new book Being The Change by clicking on the affiliate link below.


Places to find Sara:



Check out the other videos in my One Question With Mr. Sharp series:…

My book, The Creativity Project is available for pre-order from Bookbug. Anyone who pre-orders from Bookbug will receive a book signed by 4 of the contributors.…


If you’d like to purchase the book from Amazing, you can do so by clicking this affiliate link:

The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis | Book Talk

I burned through The Journey of Little Charlie audio book. Christopher Paul Curtis is a master storyteller, and this book is an absolute must read. It blew my mind, and I think it will do the same for middle grade readers for a very long time.


The Creativity Project comes out in 8 days!!! If you’d like to preorder a signed copy from Bookbug in Kalamazoo, just click the image below.

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