All posts by tpretz

I am the elementary librarian at The American School in Japan.

"Reading in the Wild"

I am a big fan of Donalynn Miller.  Her book,  The Book Whisper, was not only inspiring, but affirmed my beliefs about independent reading when it came out a few years ago.

Donalynn Miller

From the Publisher: Reading in the Wild explores whether or not we are truly instilling lifelong reading habits in our students and provides practical strategies for teaching “wild” reading. Based on survey responses from over 900 adult readers and classroom feedback, Reading in the Wild offers solid advice and strategies on how to develop, encourage and assess key lifelong reading habits, including dedicating time for reading, planning for future reading, and defining oneself as a reader.

jim trelease

Another NEW professional book that might be of interest to you is Jim Trelease’s, The Read Aloud Handbook, seventh edition.  If you’re like me, his previous editions have been your read aloud “Bible” and go to book.

From the Publisher:  This updated edition of The Read-Aloud Handbook discusses the benefits, the rewards, and the importance of reading aloud to children of a new generation. Supported by delightful anecdotes as well as the latest research (including the good and bad news on digital learning).

NEW Wordless Picture Books

Some incredible wordless picture books have been published this year. These books can be used to support literacy in a variety of ways.

Supporting Emergent & Beginning Readers

While “reading” a wordless picture book children practice literal and inferential messages, evaluate a character’s actions, understand the interrelationship of concepts presented and increase vocabulary.

Develop Story Lines

Wordless picture books or Stories without Words can be used to help children who struggle with story ideas and topics for writing.  Children can be encouraged to create story lines orally and in writing.  Instructional strategies could include:  dialogue, setting development, character descriptions, sequencing of events, and story development.

Here are a few of my NEW favorites:

mr. wufflestortoise and the hareflora flamingojourney.wordlessdaisy gets lost

bluebird

For more information about using, exploring and enjoying wordless picture books go to:  My Little Bookcase

 

Summer Reading – Books with a Sense of Humor

There’s no better way to kick off the summer than by reading a humorous book. Dr. Seuss might have said it best when he said, “I like nonsense. It wakes up the brain cells.” So, this summer keep on reading and keep those brain cells active!

PICTURE BOOKS WITH A KICK

FUNNY TRANSITIONAL TITLES (beginning chapter books)

MIDDLE-GRADE MALARKEY

NONFICTION THAT WILL MAKE YOU GIGGLE

Source:  http://www.slj.com/2013/05/books-media/collection-development/focus-on-collection-development/humor-that-is-seriousl-funny-focus-on/