Association of Washington School Principals
Volume 1 – 2020-21
AWSP is partnering with Scholastic to bring you book recommendations for school leadership and education. Here are this quarter's recommendations.
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For Students
Princess Truly in I Am Truly
By Kelly Greenawalt | PK-K
Brimming with warmth and color, Princess Truly’s rhythmic rhyming adventures are a celebration of individuality, girl power, and diversity.
Maybe a Bear Ate It!
Robbie H. Harris | PK-1
“It’s gone! It’s nowhere! I can't find it anywhere! Where is MY BOOK? I need MY BOOK!” What happens when a favorite book goes missing? This story climbs into the mind of a young child and creates a super-silly picture-book romp. As the frantic search for the beloved book takes off, all sorts of horrifying thoughts come to mind and the imagination goes wild.
I Survived the American Revolution, 1776
By Lauren Tarshis | Grades 2-5
Bestselling author Lauren Tarshis tackles the American Revolution in this latest installment of the groundbreaking, New York Times bestselling "I Survived" series.
British soldiers were everywhere. There was no escape. Nathaniel Fox never imagined he’d find himself in the middle of a blood-soaked battlefield, fighting for his life. He was only 11 years old! He'd barely paid attention to the troubles between America and England. How could he, while being worked to the bone by his cruel uncle, Uriah Storch? But when his uncle's rage forces him to flee the only home he knows, Nate is suddenly propelled toward a thrilling and dangerous journey into the heart of the Revolutionary War. He finds himself in New York City on the brink of what will be the biggest battle yet.
For Educators
Reading Revealed
By Diane Stephens, Jerome Harste, and Jean Anne Clyde
Uncover the why, what, and how of research-informed reading instruction! Fifty award-winning literacy educators contribute more than 35 "engagements"-student-focused, classroom-tested instructional and assessment actions-to strengthen the reader in every child, while reinforcing one essential fact: reading involves constructing meaning. The book is organized in a four-part framework: Knowing Reading, Knowing Readers, Engaging Readers, and Knowing the Language to Use.
Disrupting Thinking
By Kylene Beers and Robert E Probst
In their hit books “Notice and Note” and “Reading Nonfiction,” Kylene Beers and Bob Probst showed teachers how to help students become close readers. Now, in “Disrupting Thinking,” they take teachers a step further and discuss an on-going problem: lack of engagement with reading. They explain that all too often, no matter the strategy shared with students, too many students remain disengaged and reluctant readers. The problem, they suggest, is that we have misrepresented to students why we read and how we ought to approach any text -- fiction or nonfiction.
With their hallmark humor and their appreciated practicality, Beers and Probst present a vision of what reading and what education across all the grades could be. Hands-on-strategies make it applicable right away for the classroom teacher, and turn-and-talk discussion points make it a guidebook for school-wide conversations.
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