Sunday, September 11, 2016

Imaginary Friends

Imaginary friends have a lot of books written about them lately. As adults, don't we all wish we had a friend who would be by our side through all our adventures? 
Someone we could take along when things got tough?
Someone who could take the blame when things went wrong?

Here are some fantastic books written about the wonder and possibility of having an imaginary friend.

The Adventures of Beekle by Dan Santat

Confessions of an Imaginary Friend by Michelle Cuevas

Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

Imaginary Fred by Eoin Colfer

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Favorite Books to Start Off Writing

The girl loves to write. She will fill a paper with scribbles and stickers and demand another blank piece of paper.
We have paper after paper after paper of marker-filled drawing, notebooks filled with pen sketches, and whole books created of sticker and crayon illustrations.
Ask her if she is a writer, and she will tell you yes. Adamantly.
What happens between now (preschool) and later years that makes kids believe they can no longer write? That their drawings and ideas don't have as much value as what we (their teachers) tell them to write about?
How do we help foster a love of writing while also helping students to see a purpose for communication?
There are so many uses of writing outside of school. Here are some books that might help to show students that writing is a REAL skill that they will use in the real world.

Rufus the Writer by Elizabeth Bram

A Squiggly Story by Andrew Larsen

Ralph Tells a Story by Abby Hanlon