“When Readers Find The Books Seeking Them”: Two Teachers Talk Twin Towers Titles

“When Readers Find The Books Seeking Them”: Two Teachers Talk Twin Towers Titles

A recent New York Times article suggests and introduces four titles among a “wave of 9/11 novels seeking audience with young readers.” In preparation for the article …

 

“When There is No Memory of a Thing”: Historical Fiction Re-Visited/Re-Defined

“When There is No Memory of a Thing”: Historical Fiction Re-Visited/Re-Defined

I was a father for just over a year on September 11th, 2001. Rushing home from an undergraduate English course, I found my wife and …

 

“Pick Me” A Current Events Kind of Parody

“Pick Me” A Current Events Kind of Parody

Of course, everyone’s eyes today are on the selection of Mike Pence as Donald Trump’s running mate. One of my favorite memes in the past …

 

“This is Not ‘This'”

“This is Not ‘This'”

A recent post by an author/illustrator/friend got me thinking about social media users who share content with a simple tag, “This.” The post was somewhat …

 

“Or Lando. . .”

“Or Lando. . .”

Earlier this spring, we worked on poetic forms in Room 407. It helps to have a form in mind when reaching for poetry as as …

 

“Yes. . .And It Was THIS Too. . .” Historical Perspective and First-Hand Accounts

“Yes. . .And It Was THIS Too. . .” Historical Perspective and First-Hand Accounts

  When I attended nErDcamp last summer in Parma, Michigan, I got to see my friend and nationally-recognized hero/ambassador for books, John Schumaker (Mr. Schu). He’s …

 

What We “Know” After Cutting Up a Book

What We “Know” After Cutting Up a Book

  Receiving an F&G copy of Rebecca Kai Dotlich’s forthcoming title, The Knowing Book, was a thrill and a blessing this month. To have an early …

 

Bunnys, Wolves, and Bears, Oh My! (or “What We Learned by Cutting Up WOLFIE THE BUNNY”)

Bunnys, Wolves, and Bears, Oh My! (or “What We Learned by Cutting Up WOLFIE THE BUNNY”)

  It begins here. It always begins here. A few images clipped from the book knowing that I have left many more within the book that …

 

Literacy We Might FLOAT Upon (or “What I Learned from/by Remixing Daniel Miyares’s FLOAT”)

Literacy We Might FLOAT Upon (or “What I Learned from/by Remixing Daniel Miyares’s FLOAT”)

  I have to admit, I find this first image just a little TOO literal. The book is simply floating on that back piece of poster …

 

“The Duties We Assume. . .”

“The Duties We Assume. . .”

First and foremost, this blog has always been a representation of my thinking and not a response to the thoughts/thinking of another (not by way …

 
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