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Authors…I would love to review your books!

Not only do I like reading YA books along with ALL other books, but I love to read and share with students, friends, anyone!  So, if you are an author and you would like me to read and review your book on my blog, please do NOT hesitate to contact me.  This will benefit me, I can build my classroom library as well as give my students great new books to read and share with others! And this will benefit you because I will be sharing my thoughts with the world, which could get you some great press!

Here’s what you can expect after you send me a book:  It can take me anywhere from 1 week to 3 months to review a book.  This means I may not finish a book by its publication date.  Between my family, lesson planning, and teaching full-time things can get busy. But I always try to read each book within the month that I get it.  Please keep this in mind when you ask me for a review.

So help me and I will help you! Thanks for your support keeping students on the right path, with a book in hand! 🙂



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Classroom Library…suggestions welcome!

So it is Saturday night. I am sitting in my quiet house as my children and husband are all fast asleep. No, it’s not late, they all were in bed at 8 pm. I am too old to be a night owl! Anyways, I am halfway through reading Notebook Connections by Aimee Buckner, which has a lot of great ideas! I am alternating between reading and hoping and praying that I hear back from a school I interviewed at on Friday. I am in LOVE with the school and I really, really want to get the position!  I just want Monday to get here! Not only will I hear back from the school (one way or the other), my dad will be here!

Back to my point…

I was also sitting here thinking about how important it is for students to read. Free read. Read what ever catches their eye. I am a huge believer that every English classroom ( as well as all other classrooms, no matter the subject) should have a good library.  I have picked up books here and there lately, when I can find them  for $3 and under. I am working on getting a good library, but also being a first year teacher I need to spend money on other things for organization and whatnot.  So needless to say my classroom library is starting out very sparse. So this is where you, my awesome readers come in.

How do you stock your classroom library?

What hints, tips, suggestions do you have to acquire books for cheap, like really cheap…or free. Free is good.

Also…I take donations 🙂


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Food for thought!

AdLit.org always has a lot of interesting articles and blogs. Here are a few that I found thoughtful and useful in my reading today and thought I would share! Happy reading!

Summer Loss

A Beach Bag Full of Summer Learning Resources

Featured Booklists: Summer Reading

Directed Reading Thinking Activity (DRTA)

Scholastic Summer Challenge

Teen Book Finder App


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An Evening With Tim O’Brien!!

One thing on my bucket list has always been to go to an author reading/book signing. I have seen many events that I have wanted to go to over the years, but when you are working or strapped with kids it is hard to do. But I am lucky and my dad is staying with me right now and I am going to see Tim O’Brien at the Jacksonville Public Library (main library) this Thursday!  I was at the book store with friends last night (yes, we are lame, we have a girls night and end up at the bookstore) and I saw O’Brien’s book on the shelf and that made me remember that he was coming to the library. So I mentioned it to my friend Sarah and she said that he was a great writer, so I purchased his book and I plan on reading it today so I am ready for Thursday! One of my tenth grade students has been reading it for awhile now so I plan on mentioning it to him on Monday! I am so excited!

Event Type: Library Event
Age Group(s): Adult, Teen, All Ages
Date: 4/26/2012
Start Time: 6:30 PM
End Time: 8:00 PM

 The Jacksonville Public Library and WJCT bring author Tim O’Brien to the Main Library for an evening to discuss “The Things They Carried.” This free event is sponsored by the Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library.

Library: Main Library
Location: Hicks Auditorium
Contact: Lisa Buggs
Contact Number: (904) 630-4655
Presenter: Tim O’Brien

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