Monday, June 22, 2015

What I'm Reading {6-22-15}

Last week, I was reading heaven when I attended the All Write conference in Warsaw, IN.  Not only did I connect with several friends that I knew only through blogging, I learned from some of the masters of reading and writing instruction and came away with a TBR list a mile long.
Andrea of Mrs. Payan Reads
Linda Baie of Teacher Dance

The Honest Truth =  5 Stars
On my way to and from All Write, I listened to Dan Gemeinhart's The Honest Truth.  I'll have to admit, I didn't know exactly what to expect with this story, but I had heard amazing things about it.  It did not disappoint.  It is the story of a young boy who is faced with a life threatening illness and fights to live life on his own terms by climbing Mount Rainier with his loyal dog, Bo.  While I felt there were parts of the story that were being dragged out, at the end I realized why this was done and was super impressed with the surprise ending. (And if you love dogs, you will surely fall in love with Bo.)
Conferring with Readers
Jennifer Serravello was one of my favorite speakers from All Write.  In this book, Jennifer walks us through the ins and outs of conferring with our readers.  The writing is clear and purposeful and is giving me some fantastic ideas for when I return to the classroom in the fall.  If you need help with this skill, I definitely recommend this book!
I came home from All Write with a cart full of books in my Amazon account.  Let's just say that I am looking forward to the mail delivery today...

What are you reading?


  1. Ha, lovely picture :)
    I will get to The Honest Truth in July! It's always so nice to know you have great books ahead of you, right??
    We'll have to talk soon!

  2. I think people either love or hate The Honest Truth. I lean towards liking it a lot. It is not a light read!

  3. I think that is the only Jennifer Serravallo book that I don't have! I definitely like her writing and her ideas for workshop. The Honest Truth sounds good. I will have to add it to the TBR list. Have fun with that mail delivery!

  4. Hi there Jennifer! How lovely to see pictures of familiar people in your blog and great to hear about the wonderful time you've had at the conference. I agree with Cheriee - it's a love or hate response to the Honest Truth. :)


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