Book Reviews

Starting With Comprehension


Looking for a great resource to nurture and strengthen comprehension skills in kindergarten?  This was a question that I asked a kindergarten specialist and, without hesitation, this was the book recommended as THE best place to start.

Click on the Read More link below for more information about this excellent resource!

Writing Essentials


This book is a great teacher resource when it comes to learning about writing essentials in the classroom. Regie Routman’s book, Writing Essentials, makes learning to write an art form and takes you step by step through the process of teaching students how to be effective writers.

Regie’s author style engages the reader and shows what excellent writing instruction looks like…

Differentiating Instruction in the Regluar Classroom

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This book is a wealth of information and helps inform your instruction.  It first gets you prepared by asking the obvious questions: 

  • What is Differentiation?
  • Who are your Students?
  • What do you Teach?

Graphic Organizers – Ready to Use


Another indispensible book in my collection of resources is the resource: Ready-to-Use Graphic Organizers:  Supports Balanced Literacy and Cross-Curricular Applications. By Ellen White Holmes.  (c) 2003


The Magic Paintbrush by Robin Muller


I have read this book to students from Grades 3 to 6, with a different focus each time.


Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox


Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox is such a great story. 
This wee chap, Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge visits an "old people’s home and he [knows] all the people there…"


"There’s NO Such Thing As A Dragon" by Jack Kent


 This small picture book was given to my older daughter when she was about 3-4 years old and it wasn’t until many years later that I truly understood the adult metaphor.