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Association of Washington School Principals
Washington Principal | Volume 2– 2022-23
Phonics From A-Z
4th Edition. A Practical Guide
by Wiley Blevins
Leading phonics expert Wiley Blevins has updated his best-selling classic to include the latest in phonics instruction and the science of reading, as well as current research on handwriting and on phonemic awareness. This revised edition also offers ideas for maximizing your scope and sequence, practical tips for creating sound walls, a decodable text routine for building comprehension, strategies for differentiating during whole-group lessons while better targeting small-group work, and more.
Unearthing Joy
A Guide to Culturally and Historically Responsive Teaching and Learning
by Gholdy Muhammad
In this sequel to Cultivating Genius, Gholdy Muhammad adds a fifth pursuit-joy-to her groundbreaking framework. Dr. Muhammad shows how joy, which is rooted in the cultural and historical realities of Black students, can enhance our efforts to cultivate identity, skills, intellect, and criticality for ALL students, giving them a powerful purpose to learn and contribute to the world. Dr. Muhammad’s wise implementation advice is paired with model lessons that span subjects and grade levels.
Micro Mentor Texts
Using Short Passages From Great Books to Teach Writer’s Craft
by Penny Kittle
At a time when students’ attention is being pulled in many directions, writing expert Penny Kittle shows us the power of helping them to focus in and communicate clearly. She does that through the study of "micro mentor texts," excerpts from acclaimed books, and the decisions authors make to craft those texts so they deeply engage readers. Her book includes dozens of short texts and mini-lessons based on them-as well as many practice opportunities for students and demonstration videos for you.
New Kid: Class Act
by Jerry Craft Illustrator Jerry Craft
Grades 6-8
Award-winning author Jerry Craft's companion to New Kid puts Drew Ellis center stage in this funny, powerful, and important story about being one of the few kids of color in a prestigious private school.
Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish
by Pablo Cartaya Grades 6-8
After a school fight leaves Marcus facing suspension, his mom decides it’s time for a change. She takes Marcus and his younger brother to Puerto Rico to spend a week with relatives they don’t remember or have never met. But Marcus can’t focus knowing that his father-who walked out their lives ten years ago-is somewhere on the island.
Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen!
by Sarah Kapit
Grades 3-7
“A satisfying baseball story that never minimizes the challenges of autism but celebrates skill, determination, and love for the game.”– Kirkus
Magic Ramen
The Story of Momofuku
by Andrea Wang, Illustrator Kana Urbanowicv
Grades 1-3
“This offering goes down easily, whether used to promote diversity, encourage experimentation and perseverance, or spice up a food-themed storytime.” –Booklist
When Things Aren’t Going Right, Go Left
by Marc Colagiovanni, Illustrator Peter H. Reynolds

“One day for no particular reason, nothing was going right. Absolutely positively, nothing was going right. So, I decided to go left...”
Told through creative language play, and with depth and whimsy, this picture book reminds readers of their own agency and the power they have to direct their own path. Marc Colagiovanni's lyrical text and Peter H. Reynolds's stunning art creates an enduring message of strength and perseverance that is both universal and personal, and one that readers will be drawn to over and over again.
This first of two new picture books created in collaboration with Marc and Peter will inspire, affirm, and reassure readers at key milestone moments in every young reader's life. When Things Aren't Going Right, Go Left makes an inspiring graduation gift as well as a must-have, uplifting read sure to bring positivity to all who read it and remind us that even when nothing is going right... we can always choose to go left.
Many Nations
An Alphabet of Native America by Joseph Bruchac, Robert F. Goetzl, Illustrator Robert F. Goetzl Grades 1-3
From Anishinaabe artists making birch bark bowls to Zuni elders saying prayers for the day that is done, the diversity of Native American cultures is presented simply in this unique and beautiful alphabet book.
PSST! Want a chance to win a free copy of one of these books, compliments of Scholastic? Email caroline@awsp.org with the word “reading” in the subject line!