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Updated: May 17, 2019


In honor of Teacher Appreciation AND the fact that I just finished my LAST #yalit seminar of the 2018-2019 school year, I've lowered the price of several resources and created a sale bundle on my TPT site.


You can get my "What's New in YA Lit" seminar handbook (all 200+ pages of it) as a PDF (sorry, I'm not killing any more trees) for $29 right now! I've also bundled this handbook, the seminar presentation slides, and a Kid Lit bibliography for $32.30. Check out my TPT store here!

I've lowered the prices on all of my handbooks, highlighting the best books of 2018, 2017, and 2016. Buy the current one, buy all 3... this is a great time to get them.


Happy reading!


PS: The 2019 "Best New Books" handbook will go live at the end of 2019. Stay tuned.




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I was scrolling through my camera roll last week and I came across this picture from the first part of April. My middle school classes (and this group in particular) were deep in thought over an April Fools' Day digital breakout from Mr. & Mrs. Rooster.

This was the second digital breakout that we had done this semester, and the 5th "team challenge" activity.


I loved the digital breakout for it's ease of use (both teacher and student), and that it was ready to go. I just had to link to our Google classroom page and print out the answer sheet for teams to fill out.

As a whole, my two middle school classes have STRUGGLED with activities that require them to problem solve, follow directions, and find the answers on their own. They want me to show/tell them exactly what the answer is without putting in any effort. They LOVE doing digital breakouts and team challenges (often STEM focused) but wow, do several of the groups complain while they are doing them. Here are just a few of the comments I hear throughout the class period:

"We can't find the answer." "What's the answer?"

"I don't understand."


Now, please note, that this breakout was NOT too challenging and several groups finished it around the 25 minute mark (I had budgeted 40 minutes for the activity). It is designed for 4th-8th grades and my groups are 6th and 7th graders. If you actually take the time to READ the clues, every puzzle can be solved without difficulty. But, I do have students who STRUGGLE with doing the work themselves. They simply want to give up and have the teacher (or their friends) give them the answer. Hence, why we've started to incorporate these activities into the class.


However, they've requested another digital breakout for the end of the year. Fingers crossed that their mindset has shifted and ALL the groups will be successful.

#technologytuesday #teamchallenge #digitalbreakout #techtip #middleschool #makerspace #growthmindset


People always ask if they can buy extra copies of my #yalit seminar handbook. So, I’ve finally joined the TPT ranks and uploaded the handbooks from 2016, 2017, and 2018!


And since it is President’s Day weekend, and EVERYONE has a sale, I am too! Or at least as much of a sale as TPT will let me offer.


Until 2/28/19, you can get a PDF of one, two, or all three handbooks for 20% off! And honestly, if you buy 2017 & 2018, email me and I send you 2016 for free! (I couldn’t get TPT to let me do that kind of sale).


These handbooks are extensive... approximately 200 pages (which is why I don’t reprint them; trying to save trees and $$$). Each includes my suggestions for the best fiction and nonfiction books for grades 6-12 of that calendar year, plus some classroom/library connections.


If you've been to a seminar, THANK YOU for attending! If you couldn’t make it this year, or can only come every other year, this is an inexpensive way to get the handbook. Or if you have colleagues that want the bibliographies, pass along the sale info. Now is the time to get a copy!


Moving forward, I’ll upload a new handbook every January for the previous calendar year’s #yalit titles. Contact me If you're interested in my much abbreviated list for K-6...I can email a copy of that.

Happy reading!

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The knowledge and passion for books for EVERY reader  has hooked me! She is in the classroom and just gets readers.

Dee, Teacher-Librarian, CA

Wowza! One of the best, packed workshops, filled with RELEVANT content, delivered in a well organized, engagingly paced seminar. HIGHLY RECOMMEND to librarians and lovers of literature.

Lindsey, English Teacher, TX

Excellent content, EXCEPTIONAL presenter! The entire presentation was engaging and meaningful. I am excited to have the opportunity to take all of these amazing titles and introduce my students to them.

Guadelupe, Teacher, CA

The knowledge and passion for books for EVERY reader  has hooked me! She is in the classroom and just gets readers.

Dee, Teacher-Librarian, CA

Wowza! One of the best, packed workshops, filled with RELEVANT content, delivered in a well organized, engagingly paced seminar. HIGHLY RECOMMEND to librarians and lovers of literature.

Lindsey, English Teacher, TX

Excellent content, EXCEPTIONAL presenter! The entire presentation was engaging and meaningful. I am excited to have the opportunity to take all of these amazing titles and introduce my students to them.

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