Since the fourth book in The Wayward Children series was published on Tuesday, I thought it was high time I shared my review of the books.
“You’re nobody’s rainbow.
You’re nobody’s princess.
You’re nobody’s doorway but your own, and the only one who gets to tell you how your story ends is you.”
― Seanan McGuire , Every Heart a Doorway
These books are for every person who ever felt too weird, too different, or too out of place in our world. For every kid who read about Narnia, Wonderland, Neverland, and Hogwarts and thought, “yeah, there’s where I would fit in.”
They’re for the adults who are still waiting to recapture some of the same magic that they found one afternoon in a backyard with their friends. That doorway to another world…
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Another amazing children’s book! Julián is a little boy who wants to dress up like the beautiful women he sees on the train. His abuela is shocked but helps him transform into a stunning mermaid. A feel-good story about difference.
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by Kelly Gallagher and Penny Kittle
From the publisher: “180 Days represents the collaboration of two master teachers-Kelly Gallagher and Penny Kittle-over an entire school year: planning, teaching, and reflecting within their own and each other’s classrooms in California and New Hampshire. Inspired by a teacher’s question, “How do you fit it all in?” they identified and prioritized the daily, essential, belief-based practices that are worth spending time on. They asked, ‘Who will these students be as readers and writers after a year under our care?'”
180 Days tracks Kittle & Gallagher’s thinking across the course of a school year, from planning, to execution, to reflection. I appreciated the way they made their thinking visible and offered ideas for why thinks worked, or didn’t.
In 180 Days, Kittle & Gallagher argue that daily reading and writing practice leads to stronger students. They achieve this by having 10 minutes dedicated to reading at the beginning of each class day, 10 minutes of daily notebook writing, a short mini lesson and then time to create for the rest of the period.
My main criticism of the book is that it relies very heavily on independent student choice, of text and assignments. For a lot of us working in education, that simply isn’t the reality.
My biggest takeaways were:
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Every week I share some of the things I’ve been reading!
What I’m Reading Wednesday: #1
Last week I read The Vegetarian by Han Kang. Full review to come but it was GREAT. The writing is truly extraordinary.
I’m currently reading Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton. Melton wrote Carry On, Warrior, which I loved. So far it is the perfect antidote to all of the negativity in the news. Melton encourages us to take in the information and sit in the pain. When asked why she cries she says, “Because I am paying attention.”
Did you know that Dr. Seuss did political cartoons? I didn’t! Some of his work is eerily appropriate for the modern day.
The St. Louis Public Library ransomware attack is finally over.
I’m adding all 25 of these books about refugees to my TBR pile right now.
In the interest of full discloser, I was fully primed to love this book. I have used and reviewed Emily Ley’s planners for the past two years and have followed her business journey after hearing about her through Lara Casey. Let me just say this book did not disappoint.
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