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All about Words: Increasing Vocabulary in the Common Core Classroom, Pre K-2. Susan Neuman & Tanya Wright, $37.95

Vocabulary forms a relentless divide between children who succeed and those who do not. This divide is often between poor children and their privileged counterparts. Without vocabulary knowledge, children cannot interpret text meaningfully or respond in ways that enable them to fully participate in classroom discussions. ALL ABOUT WORDS is a practical guide that offers strategies for planning and presenting vocabulary instruction and for monitoring children’s word learning progress, along with helpful appendices that provide specific guidance on which words to teach.  Each chapter includes ideas to support home-school connections, recognizing the important role parents play in children’s vocabulary development. 


Balanced Literacy Essentials: Weaving Theory into Practice for Successful Instruction in Reading, Writing and Talk. Michelann Parr & Terry Campbell, $24.95

This practical book offers teachers a comprehensive approach to literacy instruction that puts students at the centre of the learning process. Based on the latest learning theories, the book offers the background and strategies teachers need to encourage students to question, discover, and learn. Thoughtful and inspiring, the book helps educators reflect on their role as teacher and better meet the literacy needs of all their students.


Bedtime Stories and Book Reports: Connecting Parent Involvement and Family Literacy. Catherine Compton-Lilly & Stuart Greene, Editors, $45.95

This book brings together the newest research on parent involvement and family literacy, two strands of research that rarely exist in conversation with one another. The discussion highlights how race, class, gender, and history serve as potent factors that shape children's school experiences. Each chapter offers portraits of real families and schools that illustrate parents' awareness of their children's school progress, their perceptions of teachers, and their involvement in teaching their children life lessons that extend beyond school achievement.

Translating theory into action, this resource: extends conversations about parent involvement and family literacy across time and multiple spaces, home, school, church, and community; challenges accepted notions by listening to parents' counter-stories of how they are involved with their children both in and out of school; and highlights the significance of race, class, gender, religion, sexual preference, and history in literacy learning and schooling.

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Best Practices in Early Literacy Instruction. Edited by Diane Barone & Marla Mallette, $49.95

Bringing together prominent scholars, this book shows how 21st-century research and theory can inform everyday instructional practices in early childhood classrooms (PreK–3). Coverage includes foundational topics such as alphabet learning, phonological awareness, oral language development, and learning to write, as well as cutting-edge topics such as digital literacy, informational texts, and response to intervention (RTI). Every chapter features guiding questions; an overview of ideas and findings on the topic at hand; specific suggestions for improving instruction, assessment, and/or the classroom environment; and an engrossing example of the practices in action.


Best Practices in Literacy Instruction, 5th Edition. Edited by Linda Gambrell & Lesley Mandel Morrow, $63.50

This indispensable classroom resource and course text has inspired thousands of teachers to help their students become better readers and writers. The fifth edition addresses evidence-based best practices in the light of emerging research and national policy, actively tying classroom-based research, innovation, and instruction to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Practical suggestions and case studies empower PreK-8 teachers to support the needs of all their students while meeting Common Core goals. Each chapter includes concrete examples, Engagement Activities, and resources for further learning.


Beyond Early Literacy: a Balanced Approach to Developing the Whole Child. Janet Taylor, et al, $51.70

BEYOND EARLY LITERACY offers a literacy method that goes beyond simply developing language arts skills. Known as Shared Journal, this process promotes young children’s learning across content areas — including their communication and language abilities, writing skills, sense of community, grasp of diverse social and cultural worlds, and understanding of history, counting, numeracy, and time. Pairing interactive talk with individual writing in the classroom community, this rich method develops the whole child.

This two-part book is first framed by current theory and research about children’s cognitive, language, and literacy development, and an extensive body of research and case studies on the efficacy of the method. The second part features strategies from on-the-ground teachers who have used the process with their students and explores how Shared Journal can be used with new technologies, can meet standards, and can be appropriate for diverse populations of children. This is a fantastic resource for use in early childhood education courses in emergent literacy, language arts, and curriculum.

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Building Comprehension in Every Classroom: Instruction with Literature, Informational Texts, and Basal Programs. Rachel Brown & Peter Dewitz, $42.95

This book presents a practical model and planning ideas for enhancing students' reading comprehension in grade 2–8 classrooms. The authors provide innovative suggestions that help teachers construct a comprehension curriculum organized around literature, informational texts, or a basal reading program. Vivid case examples and vignettes bring to life ways to build the knowledge, strategies, and motivation that children need to engage with different types of texts and become proficient, enthusiastic readers. Graphic elements throughout the volume link instructional and assessment practices directly to the Common Core standards.


The CAFE Book: Engaging All Students in Daily Literacy Assessment & Instruction. Gail Boushey & Joan Moser, $32.95

The CAFE system, based on research into the habits of proficient readers, is an acronym for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expanding vocabulary. The system includes goal-setting with students in individual conferences, posting of goals on a whole-class board, developing small-group instruction based on clusters of students with similar goals, and targeting whole-class instruction based on emerging student needs. Gail and Joan developed the CAFE system to support teachers as they: 

  • organize assessment data so it truly informs instruction
  • track each child's strengths and goals, thereby maximizing time with him or her
  • create flexible groups of students, all focused on a specific reading strategy
  • help students remember and retrieve the reading strategies they learned

The CAFE system does not require expensive materials, complicated training, or complete changes to current classroom literacy approaches. Rather, it provides a structure for conferring with students, a language for talking about reading development, and a system for tracking growth and fostering student independence. The CAFE system’s built-inflexibility allows teachers to tailor the system to reflect the needs of their students and their state’s standards.


Caring Hearts & Critical Minds: Literature, Inquiry, and Social Responsibility.  Steven Wolk, $34.95

Discover new ways to integrate inquiry learning, exciting contemporary literature, and teaching for social responsibility across the curriculum. The authors take us step-by-step through the process of designing an inquiry-based literature unit and then provides five full units used in real middle-grade classrooms. Featuring a remarkable range of recommended resources and hundreds of novels from across the literary genres, CARING HEARTS & CRITICAL MINDS gives teachers a blueprint for creating dynamic units with rigorous lessons about topic kids care about.

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Constructing Meaning: Balancing Elementary Language Arts, 4th Edition. Joyce Bainbridge, Rachel Heydon & Grace Malicky, $172.95 Grades 1-6

Children develop their language abilities through meaningful interactions with people in storytime, at mealtimes, during chores, while playing and while at school. In the classroom, the teacher serves as a language model, providing opportunities for talking about ideas and demonstrating literacy. Constructing Meaning: Balancing Elementary Language Arts, 4th edition, is an introduction to teaching elementary language arts from an integrated, balanced, and social constructive approach. It balances the theoretical and practical considerations of language acquisition for both future and current teachers. Balance is a key theme throughout the book, and current debates find their place beside teaching strategies and grade-appropriate reading selections.


The Cornerstones to Early Literacy. Katherine Luongo-Orlando, $24.95

Childhood experiences that promote learning in reading, writing and oral language.

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The Daily 5: Fostering Literacy Independence in the Elementary Grades, 2nd Edition. Gail Boushey & Joan Moser, $32.95

THE DAILY 5 provides a way for any teacher to structure literacy time to increase student independence and allow for individualized attention in small groups and one-on-one. This second edition retains the core literacy components that made the first edition one of the most widely read books in education, and adds a wealth of new information, including detailed launch plans, full color images, new information on differentiating by age and stamina, increased flexibility about how and when to introduce each Daily 5 choice, and a new chapter on the Math Daily 3. By following this simple and proven structure, teachers can move from a harried classroom toward one that hums with productive and engaged learners.

  • Detailed launch plans for the first three weeks
  • Full color photos, figures, and charts
  • Increased flexibility and choice
  • New chapter on differentiating instruction
  • Ideas about integrating the Daily 5 with the CAFE assessment system
  • New chapter on the Math Daily 3 structure

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Developing Vocabulary and Oral Language in Young Children. Rebecca Silverman & Anna Hartranft, $35.95

This book presents the most effective instructional strategies for promoting vocabulary growth in the early grades, when the interdependence of word learning and oral language development is especially strong. The authors guide teachers in choosing the best materials and in fostering home-school connections, and share six key principles for building vocabulary.

Included are guiding questions; text boxes connecting vocabulary to the Common Core State Standards; examples from real teachers; reproducible checklists, rubrics, and other tools; and an appendix of additional vocabulary resources. Purchasers get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials in a convenient 8½" x 11" size.


Early Literacy in Action: the Language Focused-Curriculum for Preschool. Betty Bunce, $78.95

This highly adaptable program provides a year’s worth of fun and flexible lessons, complete with themes, art and dramatic play activities, story and song selections and group lesson plans laid out in both a monthly and a week-by-week format.


Family Reading Night, 2nd Edition. Darcy Hutchins, Marsha Greenfeld & Joyce Epstein, $50.30

Host family reading nights at your school! These events promote literacy outside of the classroom and encourage families to get involved in their children’s achievement. They also build relationships among educators, families, and community partners. This practical book is full of step-by-step guidelines and reproducible activities to help you bring family reading nights to life in your own school or district.

Special Features:

  • The book is organized by month of the school year, so you can quickly find activities that meet your needs
  • Each activity is easy to implement and includes a page of instructions for teacher-leaders and an activity page for families
  • An appendix provides all of the forms you need to get your Family Reading Night started, including invitations and registration sheets
  • All of the family activities can be photocopied or downloaded for free, so that you can print and distribute them during your event

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Fresh Takes on Teaching Literary Elements. Michael Smith & Jeffrey Wilhelm, $29.99 Grades 6-12

Bring new power and purpose to the study of literature with innovative tools and strategies that deepen students' understanding of literary elements and help them apply that understanding to their reading as well as their writing. Rich, original passages illuminate the intricacies of character, setting, point of view, and theme, and engaging activities framed by inquiry enable students to transfer what they learn to new reading situations.


From Fluency to Comprehension: Powerful Instruction through Authentic Reading. Edited by Timothy Rasinski & Nancy Padak, $40.50

Helping teachers move beyond fluency as measured by speed alone, this book focuses on building the skills that students need to read accurately, meaningfully, and expressively — the essential components of reading comprehension. Each concise chapter presents a tried-and-true instructional or assessment strategy and shows how K–12 teachers can apply it in their own classrooms, using a wide variety of engaging texts. Special features include classroom examples, "Your Turn" activities, and 24 reproducible forms, in a large-size format for easy photocopying. Purchasers also get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials.


From Literature Circles to Blogs: Activities for Engaging Professional Learning Communities. Susan Church & Margaret Swain, $24.95

Explore the possibilities of teacher-learning communities with this inspiring book that provides both a useful framework and workable strategies that support and guide reflection, cooperation, and collaboration. The book offers everything teachers need — from the intricacies of initiating a collaborative group to setting a purpose and encouraging widespread participation. It also supplies specific ideas for making the transition from busy teacher to open and eager learner.

Each chapter focuses on a particular type of learning experience, and includes examples of how to apply said experience, suggestions for incorporating technology, and a discussion of classroom implications. This flexible resource offers various entry points and can be easily adapted to individual needs. It gives both new and experienced teachers activities to build trust and rapport, and expand the possibilities of self-directed learning.

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Integrating Literacy and Math: Strategies for K-6 Teachers. Ellen Fogelberg, et al, $38.95

Many teachers—and students—still think of mathematics as a totally separate subject from literacy. Yet incorporating math content into the language arts block helps students gain skills for reading many kinds of texts. And bringing reading, writing, and talking into the math classroom supports the development of conceptual knowledge and problem solving, in addition to computational skills. This invaluable book thoroughly explains integrated instruction and gives teachers the tools to make it a reality. Grounded in current best practices for both language arts and math, the book includes planning advice, learning activities, assessment strategies, reproducibles, and resources, plus a wealth of examples from actual classrooms.


Integrating Literacy and Technology: Effective Practice for Grades K-6. Susan Watts Taffe & Carolyn B. Gwinn, $38.95

Integrating Literacy and Technology sets the stage for using technology effectively in the literacy classroom by taking the reader step-by-step through the ongoing cycle of planning, teaching, and assessment in a technology-rich environment. They demonstrate how to use the Internet and reading and writing software not only to teach core literacy skills, but also to help children develop new reading and communication competencies for the digital age. The book also offers tools and tips to support professional development, including reproducible materials for use by individual teachers or study groups.


Involving Parents in Their Children’s Reading Development: a Guide for Teachers. Bruce Johnson, $26.95 (includes CD with resource materials)

Whether putting together a parent-teacher conference, sending material home to parents or designing a parent workshop, this book provides everything a teacher needs.

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Jump into Literacy: Active Learning for Preschool Children. Rae Pica , $19.95

Jump into Literacy combines children’s love of active games with over 100 lively literacy activities. Written by a well-known children’s movement specialist, these joyful games will engage the whole child in moving and playing as a way to develop the literacy skills needed for reading and writing. From “The Alphabet in Action” to “Floorwriting” and “Follow That Letter,” the activities in Jump into Literacy bring active learning to the classroom!


Language at the Speed of Sight: How We Read, Why So Many Can't, and What Can Be Done About It. Mark Seidenberg, $24.99

The way we teach reading is not working, and it cannot continue. We have largely abandoned phones-based reading instruction, despite research that supports its importance for word recognition. Rather than treating Black English as a valid dialect and recognizing that speaking one dialect can impact the ability to learn to read in another, teachers simply dismiss it as "incorrect English." And while we press children to develop large vocabularies because we think being a good reader means knowing more words, studies have found that a large vocabulary is only an indication of better pattern recognition.

Understanding the science of reading is more important than ever — for us, and for our children. Seidenberg helps us do so by drawing on cutting-edge research in machine learning, linguistics, and early childhood development. Language at the Speed of Sight offers an erudite and scathing examination of this most human of activities, and concrete proposals for how our society can produce better readers.


Leap Into Literacy: Teaching the Tough Stuff So It Sticks! Kathleen Gould Lundy, $24.95

This practical, engaging book offers lesson plans and suggestions for stimulating active learning and creating learning opportunities in new ways. It directs teachers to simple methods of inspiring a questioning attitude that will help students to master skills, acquire information, and become critically aware of their own possibilities as learners.

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Learning About Language: Activities for the Primary Classroom. John Foster, $55.90

Bringing a fresh and lively approach to language study, LEARNING ABOUT LANGUAGE is an exciting collection of fun, creative activities and warm-up games that explore the multifaceted nature of the English language. For use in any primary classroom, this book will help develop the pupil’s knowledge of how the English language works and will improve their ability to use language effectively.

Throughout the book, the author explains key features of the English language by arranging the volume alphabetically into sections, each of which explores a different linguistic feature. Foster suggests enjoyable activities that will enable students to consolidate their learning and improve their communication skills through word play, and frequently uses rhyme to illustrate and elaborate on points made. Areas covered include:

  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar
  • Origin, meaning, similarities and differences of words, including homonyms, anagrams and synonyms
  • The explanation of particular uses of language for specific purposes
  • Humorous misuse of words, including malapropisms and spoonerisms
  • The inclusion of numerous opportunities for students to play with words by participating in word games and through their own writing

Lenses On Reading: an Introduction to Theories and Models, 3rd Edition. Diane Tracey & Lesley Mandel Morrow, $48.50

Widely adopted as an ideal introduction to the major models of reading, this text guides students to understand and facilitate children's literacy development. Coverage encompasses the full range of theories that have informed reading instruction and research, from classical thinking to cutting-edge cognitive, social learning, physiological, and affective perspectives. Readers learn how theory shapes instructional decision making and how to critically evaluate the assumptions and beliefs that underlie their own teaching. Pedagogical features include framing and discussion questions, learning activities, teacher anecdotes, classroom applications, and examples of research studies grounded in each approach. New to This Edition:

  • Chapter on physiological foundations of reading development, including the impact of nutrition, sleep, and exercise
  • Chapter on affective/emotional perspectives, such as the role of engagement and teacher-student relationships
  • Additional social learning perspectives: Critical Race Theory and Multi-literacies Theory
  • All chapters updated with the latest research; many new teacher anecdotes added

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The Literacy Coaching Challenge: Models and Methods for Grades K-8. Michael McKenna & Sharon Walpole, $40.50

The Literacy Coaching Challenge helps literacy coaches and administrators navigate the many choices involved in developing and fine-tuning a coaching program that offers the best fit for a particular school. The authors draw on current research as well as their extensive experience in K–8 settings.


Literacy in the Disciplines: a Teacher's Guide for Grades 5-12. Thomas DeVere Wolsey & Diane Lapp, $35.95

This book gives all teachers in grades 5-12 practical strategies for building the unique literacy skills that students need for success in their respective subject areas. Drawing from interviews with leading educators and professionals in science, mathematics, history, the arts, and other disciplines, the authors explain what disciplinary literacy is and discuss ways to teach close reading of complex texts, discipline-specific argumentation skills, academic vocabulary, the use of multimodal tools and graphic organizers, and more. User-friendly features include classroom materials, lesson plans, practice activities, and recommended online teaching videos. Purchasers get access to a Web page where they can download and print the book's 20 reproducible forms in a convenient 8½" x 11" size.


Literacy Libraries and Learning: Using Books and Online Resources to Promote Reading, Writing and Research. Ray Doiron & Marlene Asselin, editors, $23.95

Teachers and teacher-librarians hold the key to creating powerful learning opportunities that will help students work more effectively in the modern world. This thought provoking book discusses the literacy needs of students and the changing responsibilities of teachers and teacher-librarians in helping students to become better readers, writers, and researchers. The book offers a number of suggestions for re-inventing the school library — from promoting reading for learning and pleasure to supporting research methods that respect copyright and lead to original work and encouraging the integration of emerging technologies and traditional resources.

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Literacy Look-Fors: an Observation Protocol to Guide K-6 Classroom Walkthroughs. Elaine McKewan Adkins, $59.95

Through the unique seven-step process outlined in LITERACY LOOK-FORS, administrators and literacy leaders will gain a solid understanding of how to assess and build instructional capacity, overcome roadblocks, develop professional growth opportunities, and create a balanced literacy program. Learn how to identify the look-fors that provide evidence of effective literacy instruction, and bring all students to grade level or well above.


Literacy Work Stations: Making Centers Work. Debbie Diller, $32.95

This book will help teachers solve the dilemma: What does the rest of my class do while I'm working with a small reading group? Debbie Diller offers practical suggestions for over a dozen literacy work stations that link to instruction and make preparation and management easy for teachers. Learn how to set up work stations, how to manage them, and how to keep them going throughout the year. Each chapter includes:

  • how to introduce each station
  • materials to include at each station
  • what to model
  • how to solve problems
  • how to differentiate
  • how to assess and keep students accountable
  • reflection questions for professional development

Literacy and the Youngest Learner: Best Practices for Educators of Children from Birth to 5. V. Susan Bennett-Armistead, Nell Duke & Annie Moses, $28.99

Research shows that literacy — the ability to listen, view, speak, read, and write — begins developing long before children enter elementary school. This book helps early childhood educators nurture that development.

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Living Between the Lines. Lucy McCormick Calkins, $56.95

A book for experienced and novice teachers from K-12, Living Between the Lines invites readers to bring new life into their teaching and thinking about how students learn to read and write.

 


Misreading Masculinity: Boys, Literacy and Popular Culture. Thomas Newkirk, $22.50

In Misreading Masculinity, Tom Newkirk takes an up-close and personal look at elementary boys and their relationship to sports, movies, video games, and other venues of popular culture. He sees these media not as enemies of literacy, but as resources for literacy. Using a mixture of memoir, research project, cultural analysis, and critique of published findings, Newkirk encourages schools to ask questions about what counts as literacy in boys and what doesn't, to allow in their literacy programs boys' diverse tastes, values, and learning styles. In other words, if we want boys to join "the literacy club," then we have to invite them in with genres of their own choosing.


No More Reading for Junk: Best Practices for Motivating Readers. Barbara Marinak & Linda Gambrell, $27.65

Pizza. Pez dispensers. Nerf balls. When we give students “junk” to reward reading, we are focusing their intention away from the act of reading and from their own independence as readers. Instead, we can create classrooms where reading is seen as its own reward. In this book, esteemed researcher Linda Gambrell provides a research-based context for cultivating children’s intrinsic motivation to read and identifies three essential principles, the “ARC” of motivation:

  • Access: giving kids a wealth of reading materials and opportunities to discuss texts
  • Relevance: offering high interest, moderately challenging and authentic reading experiences
  • Choice: allowing students to self-select texts and reading activities

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Oral Language and Comprehension in Preschool: Teaching the Essentials. Lesley Mandel Morrow, Kathleen Roskos & Linda Gambrell, $34.50

Before children are readers and writers, they are speakers and listeners. This book provides creative, hands-on strategies for developing preschoolers' speaking, listening, and oral comprehension skills, within a literacy-rich classroom environment. Each chapter features helpful classroom vignettes; a section called Preschool in Practice, with step-by-step lesson ideas; and Ideas for Discussion, Reflection, and Action. The book addresses the needs of English language learners and describes ways to support students' literacy development at home. The final chapter pulls it all together through a portrait of an exemplary day of preschool teaching and learning. 


Organizing the Early Literacy Classroom: How to Plan for Success and Reach Your Goals. Sharon Walpole & Michael McKenna, $35.95 (PreK-Gr2)

Filled with clear explanations and doable strategies, this book helps PreK-2 teachers juggle the demands of planning effective instruction and creating a literacy-rich classroom environment. Realistic vignettes illustrate how to set goals, develop standards-based curricula and assessments, establish routines, and organize the classroom space and the daily schedule. The authors demonstrate the nuts and bolts of building an exemplary classroom library and professional teaching library, collaborating as a team with other teachers and specialists, preparing report cards, and communicating with families. Several reproducible forms can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8½" x 11" size.


The Picture Book Experience: Choosing and Using Picture Books in the Classroom. Larry Swartz, $12.95

This handy 32-page flipchart describes how experiencing and responding to picture books can lead readers to new tools for learning. The book includes tips, charts, graphic organizers, and activities for use in the classroom or independently, all in an easy-to-read format. Extensive lists of picture books, authors, and illustrators ensure that every reader will find personal favorites to return to again and again.

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Practice with Purpose: Literacy Work Stations for Grades 3-6. Debbie Diller, $32.95

Practice with Purpose offers guidance on establishing routines for independent reading and response writing, as well as step-by-step instructions on how to set up and manage a variety of hands-on literacy work stations appropriate for intermediate students. The extensive appendix includes time-saving tools such as management board icons, graphic organizers, task cards, and recommended Web sites and children's literature.


Promoting Early Reading: Research, Resources and Best Practices. Edited by Michael McKenna, Sharon Walpole & Kristin Conradi, $44.50

Promoting Early Reading describes proven ways to enhance early literacy skills in 3- and 4-year-olds, especially those from low-income families. Important topics include promoting oral language and phonemic awareness, conducting read-alouds, setting up effective classroom environments, meeting the needs of English language learners, providing effective preschool coaching, using assessment to plan instruction, and helping students transition to kindergarten. Contributors also share lessons learned about evaluating and sustaining high-quality programs.


Proust and the Squid: the Story and Science of the Reading Brain. Maryanne Wolf, $19.99

Lively, erudite, and rich with examples, Proust and the Squid asserts that the brain that examined the tiny clay tablets of the Sumerians was a very different brain from the one that is immersed in today's technology-driven literacy. The potential transformations in this changed reading brain, Wolf argues, have profound implications for every child and for the intellectual development of our species.

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Quick Start to Writing Workshop Success, Grades 2-5. Janiel Wagstaff, $20.99

Easy and effective ways to launch your writing workshops and keep it running smoothly all year long.


Readicide: How Schools are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It. Kelly Gallagher, $23.95

Read-i-cide n: The Systematic killing of the love of reading, often exacerbated by the inane, mind-numbing practices found in schools.

This provocative book recognizes our schools as a new and significant contributor to the decline of reading and suggests that schools are furthering this decline through standard instructional practices. This insightful book provides teachers, literacy coaches, and administrators with specific steps to reverse the downward spiral in reading — steps that will help prevent the loss of another generation of readers.


Reading Research at Work: Foundations of Effective Practice. Katherine Gougherty Stahl & Michael McKenna, editors, $73.50

This book presents state-of-the-science research on the components of successful literacy learning and how to target them in contemporary classrooms. The volume builds on and extends the work of Steven Stahl, whose pioneering contributions encompassed the key areas of phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, and assessment. Ten classic papers by Stahl are accompanied by 16 new chapters by other leading experts, who highlight Stahl's theoretical, methodological, and instructional innovations; describe how knowledge about each domain continues to evolve; and discuss implications for helping all children become better readers.

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Ready to Read: a Multisensory Approach to Language-Based Comprehension Instruction. Mary Lupiani Farrell & Francie Matthews, $37.50

Comprehension is the ultimate goal of reading: it makes learning possible and determines students' long-term success across all academic subjects. This book provides guidelines for basing comprehension instruction on students' language ability and to use the popular multisensory teaching approach to help educators teach comprehension skills in ways that complement each child's learning styles.  

The book follows case histories of three students with different learning challenges and shows teachers how to adapt instruction to meet diverse needs. Educators will also get helpful recommendations for conducting formal and informal assessment of student progress in each skill area. A straightforward, reader-friendly guide to teaching comprehension, this book prepares teachers for one of their most important tasks — helping all their students make the critical leap from "learning to read" to "reading to learn."

Real Talk in Elementary Classrooms: Effective Oral Language Practice. Maureen Boyd & Lee Galda, $38.95

Describing effective, creative strategies for talking with students in ways that enhance literacy learning, this book offers a window into the classrooms of four exemplary teachers. Principles of productive classroom discussions are illustrated with detailed case examples. The book shows how—and explains why—"real talk" can enhance student engagement, foster critical thinking, promote mastery of literacy concepts, and instill a lasting love of reading. It offers ideas for selecting children's literature and fitting a range of interactive literacy activities into the school day. The authors draw on current knowledge about the connections between oral language and literacy development across the elementary grades.

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Speech to Print: Language Essentials for Teachers, 2nd Edition. Louisa Cook Moats, $59.50

The new edition of this bestselling text helps elementary educators grasp the structure of written and spoken English, understand how children learn to read, and apply this foundational knowledge as they deliver explicit, high-quality literacy instruction. With extensive updates and enhancements to every chapter, the new edition of Speech to Print fully prepares today's literacy educators to teach students with or without disabilities. Educators will have the knowledge they need to recognize, understand, and resolve their students' reading and writing challenges—and improve literacy outcomes for their entire class.

Speech to Print Workbook: Language Exercises for Teachers, 2nd Edition. Louisa Cook Moats & Bruce Rosow, $41.50


Teaching for Comprehending and Fluency: Thinking, Talking and Writing about Reading, K-8. Irene Fountas & Gay Su Pinnell, $82.95

TEACHING FOR COMPREHENDING AND FLUENCY, K–8 offers a complete picture of how to skillfully teach within any instructional context,  supporting you with frameworks for high-quality instruction that describe appropriate expectations for comprehending, fluency, and vocabulary development.

Fountas and Pinnell's teaching and assessment frames will give you a firm understanding of your students' reading levels: where they are, where they should be, and what they need to do to get there—for any reader, in any grade, at any moment. You'll also gain insight about the specific demands that fiction and nonfiction texts place on readers and about how effective readers think within a text, beyond a text, and about a text to gain rich understandings.

Fountas and Pinnell's teaching tips, smart strategies, proven classroom ideas and professional-learning opportunities will lead the way as you discover how to help readers develop effective systems of strategic actions over time. In addition, the book comes with a DVD containing short, focused video segments that illustrate concepts from the book and demonstrate exemplar teaching in real classroom settings. The DVD is also a repository of useful materials to support your work—including blackline masters, forms, checklists, and numerous other classroom tools.

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Teaching Literacy in First Grade. Diane Lapp, James Flood, Kelly Moore & Maria Nichols, $40.50

First grade is a year of important new experiences for students and teachers alike. Some students will arrive knowing how to read, others will know a few letters of the alphabet, and most will be somewhere in between. Including dozens of reproducibles, this book guides first-grade teachers in the many decisions they face about how to orchestrate effective, appropriate, and engaging instruction.


Teaching Literacy in Kindergarten. Lea M. McGee & Lesley Mandel Morrow, $40.50

Kindergarten is a time for playful and enriching learning activities that support children's literacy emergence while enhancing their social and cognitive development. The routines of a busy, engaged, productive kindergarten classroom are vividly brought to life in this information-packed book. Demonstrated are whole-class and small-group strategies for helping children acquire concepts about print and the alphabet, build phonological and phonemic awareness, learn to read sight words, develop their listening comprehension and writing abilities, and much more. Helpful reproducible materials are included.


Teaching Literacy in Second Grade. Jeanne Paratore & Rachel McCormack, $37.50

Second-grade classrooms are exciting places to visit. Children are consolidating their growing reading and writing expertise, exploring new genres, and becoming more effective communicators. This book takes the reader into several exemplary second-grade classrooms to demonstrate what teachers can do to optimize literacy learning for their students. Highlights include how to set appropriate short- and long-term goals for individual students, ways to plan instruction to meet those goals, and innovative ideas for partnering with parents. Also available: Teaching Literacy in the Third Grade. Keli Garas, $37.50 and Teaching Literacy in Fourth Grade. Denise Johnson, $35.95

Teaching Literacy in Sixth Grade. Karen Wood & Maryann Mraz, $37.50

Sixth grade marks the transition to middle school and, for many students, the transition to early adolescence. The sixth-grade classroom is a place where problem-solving and abstract thinking skills can flourish as teachers devise creative ways to integrate language arts with effective content-area instruction. This book walks the reader through everyday life in a successful sixth-grade language arts/social studies classroom and provides foundational knowledge and hands-on strategies for working with diverse learners. Also available: Teaching Literacy in the Fifth Grade, by Susan Mcmahon & Jacqueline Wells, $23.95

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Teaching Literacy through the Arts. Nan L. McDonald & Douglas Fisher, $37.50

Accessible and hands-on yet grounded in research, Teaching Literacy through the Arts addresses integrating literacy instruction and the arts in grades K-8. Even teachers without any arts background will gain the skills they need to bring music, drama, visual arts, and dance into their classrooms. Provided are a wealth of specific resources and activities that other teachers have successfully used to build students' oral language, concepts of print, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, and writing, while also promoting creativity and self-expression. Special features include reproducible worksheets and checklists for developing, evaluating, and implementing arts-related lesson plans.


Teaching Strategic Processes in Reading, 2nd Edition. Janice Almasi & Susan King Fullerton, $51.50

This accessible teacher resource and course text shows how to incorporate strategy instruction into the K–8 classroom every day. Cutting-edge theory and research are integrated with practical guidance and reflections from experienced teachers of novice and struggling readers. The book describes the nuts and bolts of creating classroom contexts that foster strategy use, combining explicit comprehension instruction with scaffolded support, and providing opportunities for students to verbalize their thinking. It features reproducible learning activities and planning and assessment tools.


Text Me a Strategy: How to Encourage Students to Develop the Skills They Need to Become Independent Learners. Kathy Paterson, $24.95

This timely book offers teachers practical tools that promote student learning and personal growth in our fast-paced information age. Building on students` love of text messaging, this book offers 100 strategies in a "crisp and snappy" form, easily taught, reviewed and reinforced by teachers. The essence of each strategy is captured in its name, which makes the strategy easy to recall, easy to apply and fun to use. The strategies are organized around seven themes that represent general teaching goals: Remembering, Communicating, Organizing, Discovering, Understanding, Creating, and Living Well. Teachers who recognize the importance of helping students cut through overwhelming content and develop life-enabling strategies will appreciate this valuable compilation of ideas and advice for lifelong learning.

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Transitions for Young Children: Creating Connections Across Early Childhood Systems. Edited by Sharon Lynn Kagan & Kate Tarrant, $62.50

A groundbreaking resource for a wide range of professionals, this book brings together the best thinking on early childhood transitions from leading researchers and practitioners around the world. Focusing on both vertical and horizontal transitions, the expert contributors give readers the in-depth guidance they need to develop a coherent, connected framework of curriculum and instruction across the pre-K–Grade 3 continuum.


Unpacking Complexity in Informational Texts: Principles and Practices for Grades 2-8. Sunday Cummins, $34.50

To acquire content knowledge through reading, students must understand the complex components and diverse purposes of informational texts, as emphasized in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). This practical book illuminates the ways in which a text’s purpose, structure, details, connective language, and construction of themes combine to create meaning. Classroom-tested instructional recommendations and "kid-friendly" explanations guide teachers in helping students to identify and understand the role of these elements in different types of informational texts. Numerous student work samples, excerpts from exemplary books and articles, and a Study Guide with discussion questions and activities for professional learning add to the book’s utility.


Whole Novels for the Whole Class: a Student-Centered Approach. Ariel Sacks, $29.95 (Grades 5-12)

WHOLE NOVELS FOR THE WHOLE CLASS is a practical, field-tested guide to implementing a student-centered literature program that promotes critical thinking and literary understanding through the study of novels with middle school students. Rather than using novels simply to teach basic literacy skills and comprehension strategies, WHOLE NOVELS approaches literature as art. The book is fully aligned with the Common Core ELA Standards and offers tips for implementing whole novels in various contexts, including suggestions for teachers interested in trying out small steps in their classrooms first.

  • Includes a powerful method for teaching literature, writing, and critical thinking to middle school students
  • Shows how to use the Whole Novels approach in conjunction with other programs
  • Includes video clips of the author using the techniques in her own classroom

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Complete Booklist

Literacy Theory and Programming Resources

All about Words: Increasing Vocabulary in the Common Core Classroom, Pre K-2. Susan Neuman & Tanya Wright, $37.95

Balanced Literacy Essentials: Weaving Theory into Practice for Successful Instruction in Reading, Writing and Talk. Michelann Parr & Terry Campbell, $24.95

Bedtime Stories and Book Reports: Connecting Parent Involvement and Family Literacy. Catherine Compton-Lilly & Stuart Greene, Editors, $45.95

Best Practices for Teaching Reading: What Award-Winning Classroom Teachers Do. Randi Stone, $37.50

Best Practices in Early Literacy Instruction. Edited by Diane Barone & Marla Mallette, $49.95

Best Practices in Literacy Instruction, 5th Edition. Edited by Linda Gambrell & Lesley Mandel Morrow, $63.50

Beyond Early Literacy: a Balanced Approach to Developing the Whole Child. Janet Taylor, et al, $51.70

Building Comprehension in Every Classroom: Instruction with Literature, Informational Texts, and Basal Programs. Rachel Brown & Peter Dewitz, $42.95

The Cafe Book: Engaging All Students in Daily Literacy Assessment & Instruction. Gail Boushey & Joan Moser, $32.95

Caring Hearts & Critical Minds: Literature, Inquiry, and Social Responsibility.  Steven Wolk, $34.95

Constructing Meaning: Balancing Elementary Language Arts, 4th Edition. Joyce Bainbridge, Rachel Heydon & Grace Malicky, $172.95 (ages 6-10)

The Cornerstones to Early Literacy. Katherine Luongo-Orlando, $24.95

The Daily 5: Fostering Literacy Independence in the Elementary Grades, 2nd Edition. Gail Boushey & Joan Moser, $32.95

Developing Vocabulary and Oral Language in Young Children. Rebecca Silverman & Anna Hartranft, $35.95

Early Literacy in Action: the Language Focused-Curriculum for Preschool. Betty Bunce, $78.95

Family Reading Night, 2nd Edition. Darcy Hutchins, Marsha Greenfeld & Joyce Epstein, $50.30

Fresh Takes on Teaching Literary Elements. Michael Smith & Jeffrey Wilhelm, $29.99 Grades 6-12

From Fluency to Comprehension: Powerful Instruction through Authentic Reading. Edited by Timothy Rasinski & Nancy Padak, $40.50

From Literature Circles to Blogs: Activities for Engaging Professional Learning Communities. Susan Church & Margaret Swain, $24.95

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Integrating Literacy and Math: Strategies for K-6 Teachers. Ellen Fogelberg, et al, $38.95

Integrating Literacy and Technology: Effective Practice for Grades K-6. Susan Watts Taffe & Carolyn Gwinn, $38.95

Involving Parents in Their Children’s Reading Development: a Guide for Teachers. Bruce Johnson, $26.95

Jump into Literacy: Active Learning for Preschool Children. Rae Pica , $19.95

Language at the Speed of Sight: How We Read, Why So Many Can't, and What Can Be Done About It. Mark Seidenberg, $24.99

Leap Into Literacy: Teaching the Tough Stuff So It Sticks! Kathleen Gould Lundy, $24.95

Learning About Language: Activities for the Primary Classroom. John Foster, $55.90

Lenses On Reading: an Introduction to Theories and Models, 3rd Edition. Diane Tracey & Lesley Mandel Morrow, $48.50

The Literacy Coaching Challenge: Models and Methods for Grades K-8. Michael McKenna & Sharon Walpole, $40.50

Literacy in the Disciplines: a Teacher's Guide for Grades 5-12. Thomas DeVere Wolsey & Diane Lapp, $35.95

Literacy Libraries and Learning: Using Books and Online Resources to Promote Reading, Writing and Research. Ray Doiron & Marlene Asselin, editors, $23.95

Literacy Look-Fors: an Observation Protocol to Guide K-6 Classroom Walkthroughs. Elaine McKewan Adkins, $59.95

The Literacy Map: Guiding Children Where They Need to Be (K-3). J. Richard Gentry, $31.95

Literacy Work Stations: Making Centers Work. Debbie Diller, $32.95

Literacy and the Youngest Learner: Best Practices for Educators of Children from Birth to 5. Susan Bennett-Armistead, Nell Duke & Annie Moses, $28.99

Living Between the Lines. Lucy McCormick Calkins, $56.95

Misreading Masculinity: Boys, Literacy and Popular Culture. Thomas Newkirk, $22.50

No More Reading for Junk: Best Practices for Motivating Readers. Barbara Marinak & Linda Gambrell, $27.65

Oral Language and Comprehension in Preschool: Teaching the Essentials. Lesley Mandel Morrow, Kathleen Roskos & Linda Gambrell, $34.50

Organizing the Early Literacy Classroom: How to Plan for Success and Reach Your Goals. Sharon Walpole & Michael McKenna, $35.95 (PreK-Gr2)

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The Picture Book Experience: Choosing and Using Picture Books in the Classroom. Larry Swartz, $12.95

Practice with Purpose: Literacy Work Stations for Grades 3-6. Debbie Diller, $32.95

Promoting Early Reading: Research, Resources and Best Practices. Edited by Michael McKenna, Sharon Walpole & Kristin Conradi, $44.50

Proust and the Squid: the Story and Science of the Reading Brain. Maryanne Wolf, $19.99

Quick Start to Writing Workshop Success, Grades 2-5. Janiel Wagstaff, $20.99

Readicide: How Schools are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It. Kelly Gallagher, $23.95

Reading Research at Work: Foundations of Effective Practice. Katherine Gougherty Stahl & Michael McKenna, editors, $73.50

Ready to Read: a Multisensory Approach to Language-Based Comprehension Instruction. Mary Lupiani Farrell & Francie Matthews, $37.50

Real Talk in Elementary Classrooms: Effective Oral Language Practice. Maureen Boyd & Lee Galda, $38.95

Speech to Print: Language Essentials for Teachers, 2nd Edition. Louisa Cook Moats, $59.50

Speech to Print Workbook: Language Exercises for Teachers, 2nd Edition. Louisa Cook Moats & Bruce Rosow, $41.50

Teaching for Comprehending and Fluency: Thinking, Talking and Writing about Reading, K-8. Irene Fountas & Gay Su Pinnell, $82.95

Teaching Literacy in the Fifth Grade. Susan Mcmahon & Jacqueline Wells, $40.50

Teaching Literacy in First Grade. Diane Lapp, James Flood, Kelly Moore & Maria Nichols, $33.95

Teaching Literacy in Fourth Grade. Denise Johnson, $35.95

Teaching Literacy in Kindergarten. Lea M. McGee & Lesley Mandel Morrow, $40.50

Teaching Literacy in Second Grade. Jeanne Paratore & Rachel McCormack, $37.50

Teaching Literacy in Sixth Grade. Karen Wood & Maryann Mraz, $37.50

Teaching Literacy in the Third Grade. Keli Garas, $37.50

Teaching Literacy through the Arts. Nan McDonald & Douglas Fisher, $37.50

Teaching Strategic Processes in Reading, 2nd Edition. Janice Almasi & Susan King Fullerton, $51.50

Text Me a Strategy: How to Encourage Students to Develop the Skills They Need to Become Independent Learners. Kathy Paterson, $24.95

Transitions for Young Children: Creating Connections Across Early Childhood Systems. Edited by Sharon Lynn Kagan & Kate Tarrant, $62.50

Unpacking Complexity in Informational Texts: Principles and Practices for Grades 2-8. Sunday Cummins, $34.50

Whole Novels for the Whole Class: a Student-Centered Approach. Ariel Sacks, $29.95 (Grades 5-12)

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Other Classroom Literacy booklists: Differentiated Literacy Instruction for Struggling and Reluctant Learners; Literacy Assessment & Evaluation; Literacy Instruction for Adolescent & Adult Learners; Multisensory & Activity-Based Literacy Instruction; Reading & Writing.

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