Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Summer Reading

I love summer! I love to read! And I love to read during summer! Every time I turn around, I find a new book to add to my reading list! Here are my top 5 (really 6) professional books that I plan to finish reading this summer! Would anyone care to join me?

#5 Barry Lane  But How Do You Teach Writing  I'm excited about this one! My principal is sending me to the Barry Lane & Gretchen Bernabei training at the end of the month. I used both of these authors' books during my graduate and undergrad courses. Would love to find others to bounce and share ideas with this one.

#4 Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller. I missed the book study last summer, but I've heard nothing but amazing things about this book! I've been told this will be a quick read! I will probably start my reading with this one first.

#3 Choice Words by Peter Johnston. We are doing a book study with this book as a school. Our focus next year will be vocabulary & questioning. This is another quick read and very short book! I'll probably read this closer to start of school so it will be fresh in my mind for our discussions.

#2 Words Their Way: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction. This is an oldie but a goodie ;) I've ready it and used it in several of my undergrad classes. I really want this to be my focus for spelling/phonic instruction next year. I will do a quick read, just to refresh!

#1 Daily 5 & CAFE  - I plan to be part of the blogging book study over on We Read, We Blog, We Teach in July. I have read parts of Daily 5, but have never "dissected" it. I also plan to use CAFE and adapt it to my classroom.

Here are my BONUS books! All of the others are pretty quick reads and won't take me long. So I actually have 7!!! I can do it ;)

Guided Math Instruction  I will be behind, but I plan to chime in when I can with the book study over on Primary Inspired. With all of this language arts....I needed some math in there too!


How the Brain Learns - This will also be another book study I do with some of the teachers on my campus. I'm very intrigued with the topic!       

It's going to be a BUSY summer! I'm not going to sweat it if I don't finish all of these books. I will just continue reading them into the year. So - what are you reading this summer?


  1. Great choices! Can't wait to hear your thoughts on these books.

    Lifelong Learning

  2. I have #1 and #4. but I need to read them :) I think I read How The Brain Learns...fascinating

  3. I will definitely post my thoughts and share what I learn ;) Hannah - let me know if you are interested in reading them together and we can bounce ideas off one another. It doesn't need to be structures and we can go out our own pace. I'm really exciting about How the Brian Learns!

  4. I would love to hear more about But How Do You Teach Writing as you read it. It's so hard to find good resources on how to teach writing effectively. I am very interested to hear what you learn from it. :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  5. You have made some excellent choices for your summer reading. I have read The Book Whisperer and the Daily Five/CAFE books on my own, Choice Words as a school book study and implemented Words Their Way in my classroom this year and I think you will learn a lot from each of the books. I am a little intrigued by your other choices and may need to check those out for myself as well. Thanks for bringing those books to my mind. Happy reading!!!