“In All The Old Familiar Places. . .”

“In All The Old Familiar Places. . .”

For a number of years, we would pass this property while vacationing in northern Michigan. And each year, I would turn to Kristie and say, …

 

“Text.Me.” Condensed from a Longer Presentation for ISRA 2015

“Text.Me.” Condensed from a Longer Presentation for ISRA 2015

Any good reading autobiography should start at the beginning, I suppose. But does this really make sense? At this age, I could barely hold a …

 

The Paul W. Hankins Crane Award for 2015 Goes To. . .

The Paul W. Hankins Crane Award for 2015 Goes To. . .

Last year, I thought about the “tension of opposites” (Tuesdays with Morrie) that comes of trusting the process of award committees and quietly celebrating–as a …

 

“What Would You Do As Love’s Labor?”

“What Would You Do As Love’s Labor?”

What do you do when every story: you might have heard you might have known you might have shared is no longer here?   The pages thin and frail give way and loose …

 

Of Anchors and Angels: An Undelivered Tribute

Of Anchors and Angels: An Undelivered Tribute

  The little girl in the right-hand corner of this photograph would become my grandmother, Helen. While her life would take many turns in eighty-four years, …

 

“The Nature of a Seed”

“The Nature of a Seed”

If you’ve never seen the inside of a papaya, you’ve never experienced how the seeds sit so close together. In a lump. A mass. A …

 

Reading in the Dark: The Hero’s Journey Series: ANGUS

Reading in the Dark: The Hero’s Journey Series: ANGUS

SPOILER ALERTS: THIS POST IS FOR TEACHERS WHO ARE LOOKING FOR FILMS FOR THE HERO’S JOURNEY. WE WILL BE EXPLORING THESE FILMS STEP-BY-STEP. THE FEATURE …

 

“Let ‘er Ripp!” Picture Books in Every Classroom.

“Let ‘er Ripp!” Picture Books in Every Classroom.

That’s me in Room 407. This picture was taken a couple of years ago. This is when we kept all of our picture books in …

 

Maria. . .Maria. . .I Just Read A Book by “Maria.”

Maria. . .Maria. . .I Just Read A Book by “Maria.”

(Review based upon the Advanced Reader Copy of BECOMING MARIA: LOVE AND CHAOS IN THE SOUTH BRONX) After 45 years, Sonia Manzano is retiring from her …

 

Childhood Treasures or “These PEARLS Are All Mine”

Childhood Treasures or “These PEARLS Are All Mine”

I found these ten PEARLS BEFORE SWINE books at a yard sale this morning. They were in a box with some Calvin and Hobbes and …

 
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