Friday, July 29, 2011

New books!

So, if you've read a little bit about me you already know I LOVE to buy books, shoes, and journals.  I am honest and up front about my proclivities. :)  And, with the start of school here for my district, it is just the right time to pour over some new professional titles for bits and bobs I can try on for size with staff and students.  My teaching, writing, and conversations will be richer with thinking, expanded.

Right now, here's my shopping list: 
  • Writing Toward Home: Tales and Lessons to Find Your Way - Georgia Heard
  • Thinking Through Genre: Units of Study in Reading and Writing Workshops Grades 4-12 - Heather Lattimer
  • The Writing Workshop: Working Through the Hard Parts (And They're All Hard Parts) - Katie Wood Ray
  • Mechanically Inclined: Building Grammar, Usage, and Style into Writer's Workshop - Jeff Anderson
  • Everyday Editing - Jeff Anderson 
  • My Quick Writes: Everyday Writing - Donald Graves and Penny Kittle
  • Writing Places: The Life Journey of a Writer and Teacher - William Zinsser
  • Boy Writers: Reclaiming Their Voices - Ralph Fletcher
  • Pyrotechnics on the Page: Playful Craft That Sparks Writing - Ralph Fletcher

I'd love your input, too.  Please post your picks for any or all of the following categories...
  • Which sturdy books do you lean upon when considering writing instruction?
  • Do you have go-to titles, easily accessible for a chapter here and there?
  • If you could only recommend one book that strengthened your own writing or writing instruction, what would it be?

If you were close by, I'd definitely ask to have a coffee date so we could chat more about your favorites.   (Good conversation is the perfect accompaniment to a spicy chai latte!)   

Thanks a million for sharing...I love that we can all learn from each other electronically!

Write on,


    1. You have a lot of great books on your list. I especially love the Jeff Anderson books. I also love anything by Penny Kittle. Two writing books that I have and can't wait to get a chance to read are Vopat's Writing Circles and Gallagher's Teaching Adolescent Writers. I also just got Robb's Teaching Middle School Writers in the mail. There's always so many great books it's hard to choose!

    2. I have so many books I've read these past years, I don't know what to choose. All have influenced me as a writing teacher & as a writer. I guess I'd read the early Lucy Calkins, Nancy Atwell, anything by Ralph Fletcher, & I love the recent book by the Two Writing Teachers, so good at reflection. Also, have you seen the new one for students called Spilling Ink? Your list is terrific; I've also especially enjoyed & used parts of Georgia Heard's books. Happy Reading And beginning of school!

    3. There are so many good writing books out there. Your list is great...I'd add Aimee Buckner's books if you haven't read them. Good stuff, mine are dog earred. Good luck!

    4. Sorry, thought of another must have...Kate Messner's Real Revision. Incredible examples to share with your class. I'll have this one close at hand all year long.

    5. @Mrs. V. --- thanks for the additional titles; Amazon and I are BFFs. I'll research them. I love Jeff Anderson too; he is captivating, funny, and challenging. I'm meeting Penny Kittle for the first time this week, and just received "Quick Writes" in the mail :).

    6. @Teacherdance: I don't know about "Spilled Ink"...but I'll find out!!! Thanks for the suggestion. Is your baby here yet? :)

    7. @Elizabeth G.: Yes; I have both Buckner books as well as her "Mentor Text" DVD --- they're all invitingly practical! I don't have "Real Revision" though, so thanks!


    Hi! I'd love to hear what you are thinking right now, so please take a sec and drop me a line. I'm so glad you stopped by today -- thanks a billion. :)