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How do you feed your reading life?

The reading guru, Donalyn Miller, wrote a great post about feeding our reading lives. Check it out here:

She is the author of The Book Whisperer. 

So how do you feed your reading life? I have always LOVED to read-it’s a passion of mine. Until recently though, I have not really shared that passion with other people or kept up with my reading. This past year I found a goldmine: Goodreads This website is one where you can keep up with your books that you want to read or have already read, write reviews about books, read other people’s reviews, and see what other people are reading. It is awesome! I actually set a goal to read 211 books this year. I have read 138 so far.

I have recently found Twitter, and it is a GREAT place to talk with others about great books!

I have also started blogging about what I am reading-I plan on catching up on this over the Christmas break because there are A LOT of books that I have read recently that I want to blog about!

There’s also a new reading blog called The Nerdy Book Club where you will be able to discuss books, vote on your favorite books, and other things!

These are some of the ways I “feed” my reading life-how do you feed yours?


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OK-Now that I have that out of the way, I can tell you a little bit about the book! I read this book last year, joined a book study on it this summer where we are reading a couple of chapters each week, and HAVE READ THE ENTIRE BOOK AGAIN!!!!!! It is so practical for the classroom. Donalyn is a 6th grade teacher who loves to read and instills that love for reading in her students each year. I really can’t say enough good things about this book-it is one of those books that you just have to read in your lifetime!

Go ahead and click on the picture above, buy you a copy, start reading, and jump into our book study!

If you want to join the book study all you have to do is go to this blog , start reading the posts about the book, and jump into the conversation! Lots of teachers involved in this book study are posting their reflections to the book and samples of what they are going to be implementing in their classrooms! 🙂


Reading Interest Survey

Sorry this is so late in the week-I just got back from Chicago Wednesday night and am STILL trying to catch up!

I hosted the book study this week of Donalyn Miller’s The Book Whisperer which was about student surveys.

Reading surveys/interest surveys help you get to know your students which in turn leads to more effective instruction. The idea is to take these surveys and comb through them thoroughly to be able to better match your students with appropriate books. I love this quote from Donalyn’s book:

“I mine these surveys for nuggets of information that will form the basis for book recommendations.”

And, she doesn’t just read the surveys and commit them to memory. She actually pulls the books from her classroom library and makes a stack for each student. YES, SHE DOES! Books for her morning class go on their desks-books for her afternoon class have their own place on the floor with sticky notes and names.

I have created my own interest survey for my 6th graders-it’s a revised version from Donalyn’s in The Book Whisperer and Nancie Atwell’s The Reading Zone. I can’t wait to see the results and have a book party with my students in August!

I am uploading a word version and a pdf version so you can choose which one you want! HAPPY SURVEYING!

Interest Survey WORD

Interest Survey PDF


Book Party for The Book Whisperer

On your mark. Get set. Go! Mark June 27th on your calendar-this is the beginning of our book study/party (I like the word party!) for the amazing book: The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller.

One of the great TBA (Teaching Blog Addict) authors is hosting this fun event with several TBA authors that are going to be sponsoring a chapter each week. The fun begins June 27th. If you don’t have this book then just click on my widget on my left sidebar and order your copy TODAY! 🙂

You can read more about this exciting book party by clicking on the TBA Book Club button below!! HAPPY READING!!!

Book-a-day Challenge for Summer

I obviously didn’t too well with the 48 hour book challenge the other weekend hosted by since I didn’t read at all!! GASP!! Can you believe it? I LOVE to read, but that weekend ended up being so busy with family and since I sometimes IGNORE my family to read books I thought it was best NOT to do that! 🙂

So…..Donalyn Miller-author of The Book Whisperer-is setting forth a challenge to read a book each day during the summer. The rules are VERY flexible-check out her post about it:

I think I have about 61 days left until the beginning of school in our district here in Alabama, but I might cheat (gasp again) a little and just aim for 50 TOTAL books this summer! I am going to post about each one-even the little, teensy, tiny picture books that will make their way into this challenge! I actually started this 2 days ago and have read 3 books so far-1 picture non-fiction and 2 chapter-and let me tell you the chapter books were amazing! I’ll be posting about them soon!

I went to my classroom yesterday (even though it is completely packed up for the summer awaiting the cleaning of the floors) and hauled a stack of books back to my house!!! To go with the stack of books in my junky wannabe organized home office! To go with the stack of books near my bed! To go with my Amazon kindle that I hope has a stack of books soon!! 🙂

Are you ready all you bookaholics???? Join the fun!!! What can it hurt? The worst thing that can happen is you don’t meet your challenge and you still get some great reads in for the summer!!