If you want to teach me to write, first you have to love me. ~AVI

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Books are Singing to Me ~ Tuesday Slice

Overtaken by the piles around the house, most of which belong to me (okay they all belong to me), I got the urge to tidy up a bit. Sometimes I am so like the moose with the muffin. Easily distracted while in the midst of one task, I veer off track to something else that needs attention. Anyone who knows me will not be surprised that the piles and distractions involve books. Throughout the summer, I dove deep into a pool of books. Actually three piles of books: children’s books, teacher books, and novels just for fun. I love books from all three of these categories. I really can’t get enough and just when I think enough is enough, no more, along comes a new release that I can’t wait to get my hands on. Like many other bloggers have done recently, I decided to compile some lists. So far I have one list to share. I know I have more to add to this list and they are certainly not rank ordered. I don't know that I could do that as I love them all. The authors of these books are my rock stars. I turn to them when I need a boost, a reminder of why I am a teacher, or a fresh idea to start a new day. I would be remiss if I neglected to send out a shout of thanks to Ruth and Stacey here at Two Writing Teachers and all of my other blogging mentors. MANY THANKS!!
“Ten Books That Speak to My Teacher Heart”
1. Lasting Impressions by Shelley Harwayne
2. More Than Meets the Eye by Donna Skolnick
3. In the Company of Children by Joanne Hindley
4. For the Good of the Earth and Sun by Georgia Heard
5. Awakening the Heart by Georgia Heard
6. Reading with Meaning by Debbie Miller
7. Reading Essentials by Regie Routman
8. Pass the Poetry, Please! by Lee Bennett Hopkins
9. Poetry Matters by Ralph Fletcher (and many other titles)
As I was finishing this post, not really paying attention to the TV, a song caught my ear. “Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true…someday I’ll wish upon a star…where troubles melt like lemon drops…somewhere over the rainbow blue birds fly, birds fly over the rainbow…”
Don’t you just love recent remakes of this song? I may not have the lyrics exactly right, but they seemed to fit the spirit of my thoughts tonight. They also bring back fond memories of a lullaby tape that I used to play for our children at bedtime. It may have even been an album. Oh heavens, I’m old! Good night, sweet dreams.


  1. Your post reminds me of the book passion Donalyn Miller shares in her Book Whisperer.
    Do you know it? Whoops, I see it on your blog list.

  2. You've got some awesome titles on that list!

  3. Ralph Fletcher is a great author. Love his books! I also loved the Book Whisperer. If you haven't already, try Aimee Buckner. Fletcher did the fwd on one of her books. The Reading Zone is on my list of "to read" books.