You Need To Read Where The Heart Is by Jo Knowles

I think that Jo Knowles’s middle grade novels are in the must read category. Her books make me feel all sort of things, and they leave me thinking about the characters long after I read the final page. Her latest book Where The Heart is a beautiful story that middle grade readers are going to devour.


The Third Mushroom by Jennifer L. Holm | Book Talk

Jennifer L. Holm is my favorite author. Watching her books find their way into the hearts of my readers brings me tremendous joy. I hope that you’ll consider adding The Third Mushroom to your collection. It is fantastic.

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The Creativity Project edited by Colby Sharp (ME!)
Book description (from the publisher):

Ellie’s grandpa Melvin is a world-renowned scientist . . . in the body of a fourteen-year-old boy. His feet stink, and he eats everything in the refrigerator–and Ellie is so happy to have him around. Grandpa may not exactly fit in at middle school, but he certainly keeps things interesting. When he and Ellie team up for the county science fair, no one realizes just how groundbreaking their experiment will be. The formula for eternal youth may be within their reach And when Ellie’s cat, Jonas Salk, gets sick, the stakes become even higher. But is the key to eternal life really the key to happiness? Sometimes even the most careful experiments yield unexpected–and wonderful–results.


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Teacher Survival Kit: 5 Books I Couldn’t Teach Without

I’m excited to be a part of this YouTube Teacher Survival Kit collaboration. I had an extremely difficult time coming up with 5 things that I absolutely need to have in order to be successful in school and in life. When I get hung up, I often turn to books. Thinking about 5 books that have shaped me as an educator helped me find a good direction for my video.

Be sure to leave me a comment below and let me know what books have helped you become the person you are today.

Books Discussed in My Video:

The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller

Book Love by Penny Kittle

Still Learning to read by Franki Sibberson and Karen Szymusiak

Nonfiction Craft Lessons by Ralph Fletcher

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Check out the other teacher survival kit videos!

Kate the Sleepy Teacher:

Moira Doman

Christina Costa:

5 Reasons Why You Should Read The War I Finally Won

I have been having a lot of fun creating videos lately. Trying out some video book talks seemed like a good idea. Let me know what you think! (video below)

The War I Finally Won can be purchased wherever books are sold. Please consider purchasing it from your local independent bookseller. If you don’t have a local indie, you could try Bookbug. They are really awesome.