Staff Book Study Spring 2020

I’m excited to announce the titles that I am using for the staff book study I’m leading in my district February - April of this year! I have read both of them and they are AMAZING. ABOUT THE BOOKS MAYBE HE JUST LIKES YOU (Barbara Dee) - middle school . For seventh grader Mila, it … Continue reading Staff Book Study Spring 2020

2019 Nonfiction Reads That Changed Me

I made you all exactly ONE Best of 2019 list. I carved out time in my life to share the titles with you that I've texted friends and family saying, "OMG, you have GOT to read this!" and the titles I've thrown on colleagues' desks with a note saying, "Trust me that you'll want to … Continue reading 2019 Nonfiction Reads That Changed Me

News Literacy Presentation

I've been crazy hard at work this past 6 months with a library renovation, finishing up my master's degree, working, mom-ing, you know - LIFE! But in the middle of all of that, I created this presentation for my district and also presented it last night for a local civic group. Thought I'd share it … Continue reading News Literacy Presentation

2019 YA Summer Reading Guide

It’s HERE! For all of you YA lovers, especially rom com and realistic fiction lovers, I created a “guaranteed to make you happy” reading list for the summer! (Sorry, fantasy fans, not much here for you, though) Oh, and there are graphic novels too! 2019 YA Summer Reading Guide Love From A to Z by … Continue reading 2019 YA Summer Reading Guide

A Chronology of Life on the Interwebs

I don't want to write a book here, but I do want to do a truncated timeline. My recent step back from social media and screen time has cause a lot of reflection, and I have been trying to pinpoint when things changed for me, with a shift toward public online expression. Here goes: late … Continue reading A Chronology of Life on the Interwebs

Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport

Finished it in a day. I was at the tipping point and this pushed me over the edge. Made some massive changes. Immediately. I love how the book doesn't focus on a prescriptive plan, but instead gives guidance and trusts that if the reader is invested, she will do what is best for herself and … Continue reading Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport

Dear Authors: Stop Normalizing Disordered Eating

Dear Authors: When a book character is eating in a book, just let her eat. Eating is fuel and it’s healthy and it’s normal. Don’t subject readers to YOUR internal dialogue reflecting disordered eating that you have been brainwashed by diet culture into thinking is normal. Let your characters order food in a restaurant without … Continue reading Dear Authors: Stop Normalizing Disordered Eating

Diversify YOUR Reading, Not Just Your Kids’

The windchill where I live in Wisconsin is -55F right now, and I'm on my 3rd day of being housebound with 3 kids and 2 dogs - what better time to FINALLY write this post that has been percolating for weeks?? I have long been on a mission to diversify the shelves in my school … Continue reading Diversify YOUR Reading, Not Just Your Kids’

Buddy Read for Black History Month

Just popping in to invite you all to join in on a Buddy Read of the nonfiction title The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson. Jamise (@spinesvines) and I are co-hosting a Goodreads group for this buddy read and are hoping for so many readers to join us! We … Continue reading Buddy Read for Black History Month

30+ Middle School Book Group Picks

I'm sharing this here because some of my Instagram followers have requested it! Earlier this week, my middle school ELA team requested the following, in correlation with their work with Curriculum Companion - a Wisconsin resource for CCSS. "............next unit they will be reading a variety of texts, forming an argument, and writing an argumentative … Continue reading 30+ Middle School Book Group Picks