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Hello, dear friends! We are both away at the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) Annual Convention and ALAN (Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE) Workshop! We can’t wait to see many of you there and those who aren’t, we’ll miss you! We will be sure to put up an IMWAYR post next Monday for folks to link up, and then we will return on Monday, November 26! See you then!

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In honor of our favorite conferences—the NCTE Convention and ALAN Workshop, we are doing a countdown over the next two weeks. Each day, we will feature a list that reflects the number of days left until the conference! We can’t wait to see many of you there!

Our Favorite Thing about NCTE/ALAN….

Seeing Our NCTE/ALAN family and friends! We can’t wait to see many of you!

 

 

    

And most importantly: We get to see each other!!!!!!!

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As 2018 comes to a close, we were discussing books that we plan on reading before the year ends (that aren’t on our #mustreadin2018 list).

Kellee

The Poet X
Author: Elizabeth Acevedo
Published March 6th, 2018 by HarperTeen

One of the gaps in children and young adult publishing I speak of often are books that reflect my students. Over 60% of my students are from Latin America, primarily from Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico, and they do not often find books that reflect them (most books with Latinx characters are from Mexico or Cuba), so when I learn about one that does, I definitely mark it as a book I want to read. Then if I hear that this book is so wonderfully amazing, I move it up to the top of my list and have my teacher book club read it.

Ricki

Dream Country
Author: Shannon Gibney
Published September 11th, 2018 by Dutton Books for Young Readers

I finally snagged my copy back from students, and I am so excited to read it. This book follows the lives of five youth within a family tree from the early 1800s to present day. It tackles issues such as slavery and immigration (from my understanding). I am so thrilled to read it, and I’ve heard it is phenomenal.

What book do you hope to get to before the end of the year? 

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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Tuesday: Countdown to NCTE/ALAN: Nine Presentations We Are Giving at #NCTE18

Wednesday: Countdown to NCTE/ALAN: Eight Books that Have Made Our Sons Want to Learn to Read

Thursday: Countdown to NCTE/ALAN: Seven Authors Kellee is Excited to See at ALAN Who She’s Never Met Before

Friday: Countdown to NCTE/ALAN: Six authors Ricki’s Excited to See at ALAN Who She’s Never Seen or Met Before

**Click on any picture/link to view the post**

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Three days until NCTE/ALAN, so we are busy getting prepared!

We cannot wait to see some of you there and for those of you we won’t see, we’ll miss you but we’ll see you back in the blog-iverse soon! 🙂

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Tuesday: Countdown to NCTE/ALAN: Two Books We’re Going to Make Sure to Read Before the New Year

Wednesday: Countdown to NCTE/ALAN: One Day! Our Favorite Thing about NCTE/ALAN….

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Link up below and go check out what everyone else is reading. Please support other bloggers by viewing and commenting on at least 3 other blogs. If you tweet about your Monday post, tag the tweet with #IMWAYR!

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In honor of our favorite conferences—the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) Annual Convention followed by the ALAN (Assembly on Literature of Adolescents of NCTE) Workshop, we are doing a countdown over the next two weeks. Each day, we will feature a list that reflects the number of days left until the conference! We can’t wait to see many of you there! If you can’t be there, make sure to follow #ncte18 and #alan18 on Twitter and other social media to participate in this amazing PD from your home.

1. Cynthia Leitich Smith

Admittedly, I have seen her speak a few times. I am very fortunate to be introducing her, and I can’t wait to meet her!

2. Tomi Adeyemi

Tomi is a powerful force. I am really looking forward to hearing her speak.

3. Emily X. R. Pan

I regularly recommend The Astonishing Color of After. My students loved this book. I am really looking forward to listening to her panel!

4. Mark Oshiro

Yes! I can’t wait to hear Mark Oshiro speak. My students just finished Anger is a Gift!

5. Elizabeth Acevedo

This woman is an idol in my class. I can’t wait to listen to her!

6. Amy Reed

I am 3/4 of the way through The Nowhere Girls. Whew. This book is great!

It was difficult to limit my list to just six authors. The ALAN Workshop is going to be wonderful! I can’t wait!
Who are you excited to hear?

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In honor of our favorite conferences—the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) Annual Convention followed by the ALAN (Assembly on Literature of Adolescents of NCTE) Workshop, we are doing a countdown over the next two weeks. Each day, we will feature a list that reflects the number of days left until the conference! We can’t wait to see many of you there! If you can’t be there, make sure to follow #ncte18 and #alan18 on Twitter and other social media to participate in this amazing PD from your home.

1. Gayle Forman

2. Ibi Zoboi

3. Don Brown

4. Sharon Flake

5. Guadalupe Garcia McCall

6. Deborah Hopkinson

7. Renee Watson

I’m so excited to see these authors speak and to hopefully be able to tell them how much I love their writing. There are also so many new to me authors I look forward to seeing also–I can’t wait to share all of the amazingness that is ALAN afterwards. 

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In honor of our favorite conferences—the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) Annual Convention followed by the ALAN (Assembly on Literature of Adolescents of NCTE) Workshop, we are doing a countdown over the next two weeks. Each day, we will feature a list that reflects the number of days left until the conference! We can’t wait to see many of you there! If you can’t be there, make sure to follow #ncte18 and #alan18 on Twitter and other social media to participate in this amazing PD from your home.

1.  Bob Books: Beginning Readers

Our boys LOVE these books. They feature stories that include predominantly three-letter (and some four-letter) words.

2. Bob Books: First Stories

These books are also a great help for our boys. They also feature short words, but each mini-book is a story.

3. Summer Brain Quest Workbooks

Ricki: I’ll admit I never anticipated using workbooks with my kids. They don’t really align with my philosophy. But my son absolutely loves the map in this book and has so much fun doing it, and that makes me love it.

4. Flip-a-Word Book Series

Ricki: I am, admittedly, highly entertained by this series. They are fun for learning. My son used these when he was first learning to read.

5. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin
6. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See? by Bill Martin, Jr.
7. One Lonely Fish: A Counting Book with Bite! by Andy Mansfield

 

Kellee: Trent has all three of these books memorized, but now that he is learning to read, he is making connections between the words he has memorized and the words on the pages.

8. Magazines

 

Trent loves his magazines. He reads them in the car constantly and yells out the words he recognizes and sounds out other words.

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