Sunday, November 14, 2010

Benson's Best Books

As we begin to approach the holiday season and hope to have a bit more time to read just for fun, it's time to share some of my favorite recent reads - a tradition I learned from Bonnie Campbell Hill and offer in her honor with this post :)

Children's Literature
Word After Word After Word by Patricia Maclaclan
Falling Down the Page by Georgia Heard
Sara Holbrook poetry collections
Miss Brooks Loves Books
Mirror, Mirror
The Dreamer; Interrupting Chicken
A Fruit is a Suitcase for Seeds
How Rocket Learned to Read
Life-Size Zoo
The Quiet Book
Orange Pear Apple Bear
Born to Read
Miss Little's Gift by Douglas Wood
Sit In
14 Cows for America (Thank you, Seamus Marriott!)
Those Shoes (Thank you, Carol Wilcox!)
Terrible Underpants
Busing Brewster
It's a Book by Lane Smith
Guys Read: Funny Business
The Best Place to Read
Read to Tiger
Everything I Need to Know I Learned From Children's Books (Thank you, Beth Hower!)

Cutting for Stone (Thanks so much, Bonnie Campbell Hill!)
The Help (Thank you so much, Brenna Issacs!)
Five Smooth Stones (Still reading but love it -Thank you, Aunt Susan and Brenna Issacs!)
Swedish mysteries by Stieg Larson and others by Henning Mankell (which are much less graphically intense than Larson's)
Little Bee by Cleave (although incredibly sad - Thank you, Jean Kottke!)
Marriage and Other Acts of Charity by Kate Braestrup (Thank you, Mary Denman!) [nonfiction]

Clockwatchers: Six Steps to Motivating and Engaging Disengaged Students Across Content Areas by Quate and McDermott
Mind in the Making by Ellen Galinsky
Resonate by Nancy Durate
Conferring by Patrick Allen
Motion Leadership by Michael Fullan
The Six Secrets of Change by Michael Fullan
The Flat World and Education by Linda Darling-Hammond
Making Learning Whole by Perkins
Rigorous Curriculum Development by Larry Ainsworth
Visible Learning by John Hattie
Instructional Rounds in Education by City, Elmore, Fiarman, & Teitel
Compelling Conversations by Thommie Piercy
The Collaborative Teacher and The Collaborative Principal edited by Guskey (Thank you, Ainsley Rose!) Checking for Understanding by Fisher & Frey
Differentiated Instructional Strategy: One Size Doesn't Fit All by Gregory and Chapman
How Student Writing Teaches Us by Mark Overmeyer
Brain Rules; Creating a Learner-Centered Classroomby Kath Murdoch and Jeni Wilson
Formative assessments books by Susan Brookhart and others by Shirley Clarke
...and my two of my most favorites books are The Next Step Guide to Enhancing Writing Instruction and The Next Step Guide to Enriching Classroom Environments by treasured friends and colleagues Bonnie Campbell Hill and Carrie Ekey

More titles to come (I know I have forgotten several really incredible texts here!)...

Hope-Joy to You All!

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