Calendar Girls September Wrap-Up

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Ho-ly cow! September is already over?!?! How did this even happen???

Irregardlessly, we had a fantastic month talking about school, books, and books about school. So let’s take a look at some of the things that happened this month.

Best Book Set in School Picks:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – Katie @ Never Not Reading
Etiquette & Espionage – Adrienne @ Darque Dreamer Reads
A Great and Terrible Beauty – Astrid @ Follow the White Whale
Big Little Lies – Lucinda @ Lucinda is Reading
Keeper of the Lost Cities – Carolina @ Fictionologyst
The Cruel Prince – Plot Monster
Fangirl – Samantha @ Modern Witch’s Bookshelf
American Panda – Flavia @ Flavia the Bibliophile
Nevernight – Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm
Eliza and Her Monsters – Dani @ Mousai Books
Heart on a Chain – Sophie @ Beware the Reader
By Your Side – Krista and Dawlyn @ Little Blind Book Finds
Fangirl – Lindsey @ Lindsey Reads

Our Favorite Pick Is…

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Calendar Girls September: Best Novel Set in School

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Last month my Calendar Girls pick came so far out of left field that only one person had ever even heard of it. (Which honestly was one more person than I was expecting!) This month my choice is so obvious that I will be shocked if I’m the only person who picks it. It’s so obvious that I tried for weeks to think of another book just so I wouldn’t be so obvious. But it won’t do, this one is the best.

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Back to School Book Recs

Well folks! It’s official, summer vacation is over. I now have an ENTIRE WEEK of the 2018/2019 school year under my belt, and I am determined to make it a good one.

I heard someone say recently that August feels more like the new year than January, and for me that is so true. I find myself making all kinds of New Year’s Resolutions, about being a teacher and just about life in general. So if your New Year’s Resolution is to read more, or to promote a culture of reading in your family, this is the post for you!

I’m going to be recommending my favorite book for kids in each grade level K-12. I can’t guarantee that each book is going to be right for every kid in the world, but I’m trying to recommend things that I think most kids will like. I’m especially paying attention to books I think would be enjoyed by both boys and girls.

So here we go! Back to school recommendations coming your way.


Kindergarten – Hop on Pop

51VL4lITuQL._SX360_BO1,204,203,200_This is kind of a long book, so if you’ve never read anything substantial with your kids before, you might want to ease into this one! I recommend subtly skipping pages in the middle so they feel like they’ve accomplished something big.

What I love about Hop on Pop is that beginning readers can work on their phonics and sight words with the big words at the top of the page, but then parents can read the longer sentences. But by the end of the year they should be able to read everything in this book, with help, of course. I also love how silly and fun this is, perfect for young imaginations! It is impossible to go wrong with Dr. Seuss. Continue reading “Back to School Book Recs”

Back to Work

Well, it’s officially August, and all of the teachers know what that means.

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I’m at a new school this year, so I’m both excited and soooooooo nervous. Going to a new school is almost as nerve wracking for a teacher as it is for a student, and for a lot of the same reasons. How will I remember everyone’s names? Who am I supposed to sit next to at Convocation? What if the other teachers don’t like me? What if I get a tough principle? Plus bonus scaries like What if the kids are the worst kids of all time?

But, for good or for worse, here I am, 6 AM in my fancy clothes, eating breakfast and trying to get the blogging in before I have to leave.

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