adolescent literature

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Read Across America, 2019

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Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss! Read Across America 2019! Saturday, March 2nd, on a cold but suddenly sunny day in Eugene, so much fun reading Dr. Seuss! Having a grand time re-reading a bunch of my Dr. Seuss books. Rather than reposting a couple earlier blogs I’m sitting here camped out with warm blanket, scarf, fuzzy […]

Banned Books Week 2018: When’s Enough, Enough?

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Celebrate your freedom to read. Read a banned book! That’s right, celebrate your freedom to read. It’s an important freedom, and it’s protected by the First Amendment. Celebrate the right to read which books we choose. Censorship is censorship. There’s a fine line between challenged and banned books. Sometimes it’s fine and, sometimes not. Banned […]

Market Street, Bus Ride Into Empathy

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Empathy. Can’t teach it, surely can model it. “Market Street”, 2015, a Newberry, Caldecott and winner of other prestigious prizes, reads as a modern masterpiece for children of all ages. Not only does it appear to be a gentle intergenerational love story between a boy and his grandma, we experience diversity, kindness and empathy throughout […]

Seussitastical Celebration! Read Across America

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Birthdays are always special. When it’s time to party for Dr. Seuss, it’s a big hurray for the day! Mark your calendar-March 2, ’17. Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss! And get set for the party of parties, Read Across America! Two of my grandkids have Valentine birthdays. One, a teenager amazes me with her accomplishments- band, […]

I Love “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Here’s Why I’d Rather Not Teach It

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Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird is a foundational text in the American canon that attempts to deal with the complex issues of race and discrimination in the United States. Set in the Great Depression, this novel takes us to Maycomb, a fictional Alabama town where community members are wary of […]

Way Cool Summeriffic Reading!

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Pete the Cat and the Magic Sunglasses, by Kimberly and James Dean,is one of our favorite books at the moment. Anything Pete does, rocks.This cool cat looks good in his sunglasses, offering us life lessons as he shakes his blue cat blues and learns to see life in a whole new way. That’s what great […]

Butter Battle: Yooks, Zooks & Kinder Suspensions

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Dr. Seuss wrote The Butter Battle Book in 1984, as timely today, maybe more so. The story is about resolving differences, although in the book there is a background threat of mutual destruction, with an uncertain ending. A wall divides two groups, Yooks and Zooks simply because of the way they butter their bread. Isn’t […]

A Seussitastical Celebration! Read Across America

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Birthdays are always special. When it’s time to party for Dr. Seuss, it’s a big hurray for the day! Two of my grandkids have Valentine birthdays. We’re getting set in Eugene for an at-home five year old party. Trips to the dollar store, pin-the-tail, simple is always best. There is a really big Seussitastical celebration […]

Family Classic Reading Time With Junior Novels!

I believe in focusing on classic adolescent literature. Classics are classic! Literacy instruction is now leaning more heavily into info-text. Ihighly question the movement away from literature. Certainly a blend of pleasure reading and textual material seems a perfect match, like peas and carrots. Once kids start reading on their own, you can’t beatCaptain Underpants,other […]

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