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Adieu, 2016!

Whether you are ready for 2016 to be over or not, here we are, looking ahead to an exciting 2017! But before we can look ahead, let us look back at the top blog posts for the past year. Check back with us soon for a lineup of our spring titles and more great content! Happy New Year!

Top posts for 2016:
Establishing Routines for the Writing Workshop by Stacey Shubitz
Poems, Right from the Start, by Shirley McPhillips
Why Students’ Reading Plateaus, by Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris
Wide Awake to Stories, by Katie Egan Cunningham
Finding Your Writing Tribe, by Stacey Shubitz


Add comment December 20th, 2016

See you at NCTE 2016 in Atlanta!

annual2016We are excited to be heading to Atlanta next week for NCTE 2016. We hope to see you at Booth #405 — stop by to browse our latest titles, pick up one of our fabulous tote bags, or meet one of our fabulous authors.

Download a full list of Stenhouse authors presenting at the conference.

Author signings at our booth:

12:30 p.m.: Kathy Short and Jean Schroeder (Teaching Globally)
1:30 p.m.: Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris (Who’s Doing the Work)
2 p.m.: Jennifer Allen (Becoming a Literacy Leader)
Cris Tovani (Talk to Me)
Ann Marie Corgill (Of Primary Importance)
2:30 p.m.: Ralph Fletcher (Making Nonfiction from Scratch)
3 p.m.: Melissa Stewart (Perfect Pairs)
3:30 p.m.: Jeff Anderson (Revision Decisions)

9 a.m.: Katie Cunningham (Story)
10 a.m.: Franki Sibberson and Karen Szymusiak (Still Learning to Read)
11 a.m.: Dorothy Barnhouse (Readers Front and Center)
Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan (Assessment in Perspective)
1 p.m.: Ruth Culham (Dream Wakers)
Lynne Dorfman and Rose Cappelli (Mentor Texts)
2 p.m.: Jennifer McDonough and Kirstin Ackerman (Conferring with Young Writers)
3 p.m.: Erik Palmer (Good Thinking)

Add comment November 10th, 2016

Join Ruth Culham in Atlanta

A Note from Ruth Culham
ruthculhamAs writing instruction continues to evolve, I’m committed to ensuring educators like you are prepared to meet their writing goals. That’s why I want to personally invite you to attend my upcoming hands-on PD workshop on October 21st in Atlanta.

Read the Writing, Teach the Writer: Smart Ideas to Transform Writing Instruction for You and Your Students is your chance to learn first-hand my latest thinking on strategies for effective writing instruction. These will empower you to teach writing in a way that really reflects how today’s students are thinking and learning. Register today!

This full-day workshop shows teachers how to:

  • Use assessments to help students set goals based on specific traits of writing;
  • Give constructive feedback to children on specific writing goals that can strengthen their writing, revising, and editing;
  • Connect reading quality children’s books to writing instruction and assessment;
  • Show students how different modes (narrative, informational, opinion) intersect and blend to form interesting student writing—that you’ll want to read; and
  • Teach writing in engaging, student-centered ways.

The registration fee is $269 per person, and includes continental breakfast, boxed lunch, and a certificate of attendence with contact hours. Group rates are available for as low as $229 per person. Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come first-served basis. For details and registration info follow this link:

I hope you’ll be able to join me for this can’t-miss event.


Ruth Culham

Add comment September 21st, 2016

Browse our fall 2016 titles

We are excited to bring you a new lineup of professional development books from well-known authors as well as some new voices. Browse the list below and look for our fall catalog in the mail in the coming weeks—or download it now.

Craft MovesCraft Moves
Lesson Sets for Teaching Writing with Mentor Texts
Stacey Shubitz
Foreword by Lester Laminack
Stacey Shubitz, cofounder of the Two Writing Teachers website, does the heavy lifting of finding mentor texts for you: using twenty recently published picture books, she creates more than 180 lessons to teach various craft moves that will help your students become better writers.
Follow Stacey on Twitter: @sshubitz
Join the Facebook discussion group for Craft Moves:

The Author's ApprenticeThe Author’s Apprentice
Developing Writing Fluency, Stamina, and Motivation Through Authentic Publication
Vicki Meigs-Kahlenberg
Foreword by Jeff Anderson
You’ve got to read this book.
—Jeff Anderson
Help improve your middle level students’ writing fluency, stamina, and motivation by letting them do what professional writers do. You’ll see how to build “writerly” routines through projects like National Novel Writing Month.
Follow Vicki on Twitter: @VMeigsK

Teaching GloballyTeaching Globally
Reading the World Through Literature
Edited by Kathy G. Short, Deanna Day, and Jean Schroeder
Teaching Globally brings together fourteen classroom teachers and university professors who use global children’s literature to help students explore their own cultural identities and broaden their knowledge of the world.


Which One Doesn't Belong student bookWhich One Doesn’t Belong?
A Shapes Book and Teacher’s Guide
Christopher Danielson
Which One Doesn’t Belong? is a children’s book about shapes and a book about mathematics. When children look for sameness or difference, when they work hard to put their ideas into words, they engage in real mathematical thinking. They develop new questions. They argue. They wonder. The companion Teacher’s Guide shows how to facilitate rich discussions and teach mathematical argumentation.
Follow Christopher on Twitter: @Trianglemancsd

Starting StrongStarting Strong
Evidence-Based Early Literacy Practice
Katrin Blamey and Katherine Beauchat
Starting Strong shows teachers how to use four proven instructional approaches—standards based, evidence based, assessment based, and student based—to improve their teaching practice in all areas of early literacy.
Follow Katrin on Twitter: @KatrinBlamey

Becoming a Literacy Leader 2EBecoming a Literacy Leader
Supporting Learning and Change
2nd Edition
Jennifer Allen
The new edition of this bestselling book is a thoughtful, reflective evolution of Jennifer’s work as a literacy leader. You’ll get an explicit framework for implementing in-class support, curriculum support & assessment, study group facilitation, and teacher leadership. Administrators will see how they can use the literacy leader position to build and sustain change within their schools.

Still Learning to Read 2nd EditionStill Learning to Read
Teaching Students in Grades 3-6
Second Edition
Franki Sibberson and Karen Szymusiak
Foreword by Colby Sharp
The new edition of Still Learning to Read focuses on the needs of students in grades 3-6 in all aspects of reading workshop, including read-aloud, classroom design, digital tools, fiction, nonfiction, and close reading. Watch two short videos of coauthor Franki Sibberson talking about how the classroom environment has changed for both teachers and students since the original edition was published.
Follow the authors on Twitter and join us for a Twitter chat on Monday, August 1st, at 8:30 p.m. EST: @frankisibberson, @karenszymusiak
Join the book’s Facebook group, where discussion will begin September 5th:

Conferring with Young WritersConferring with Young Writers
What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do
Kristin Ackerman and Jennifer McDonough
If you’ve ever sat down to confer with a child and felt at a loss for what to say, this book is for you. Conferring with Young Writers will help writing teachers—and students—learn to break down and utilize the qualities that enable good writing: elaboration, voice, structure, conventions, and focus.
Follow the authors on Twitter: @kristinack1, @jenjmcdonough

Dream WakersDream Wakers
Mentor Texts That Celebrate Latino Culture
Ruth Culham
Foreword by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Ruth Culham focuses her love of children’s literature on books that celebrate Latino life and culture. She provides a wide variety of ideas to teach writing using some of the richest and most beautiful children’s books available.
Follow Ruth on Twitter: @WritingThief

Add comment July 27th, 2016

Now Online: Teaching Globally

Teaching GloballyIn today’s globally connected world, it’s essential for students to have an understanding of multiple cultures and perspectives. In Teaching Globally, Kathy Short, Deanna Day, and Jean Schroeder bring together fourteen educators who use global children’s literature to help students explore their own cultural identities and broaden their knowledge of the world.

Contributors take you into a wide range of classrooms—from Mexican-American students in Southern Arizona learning about their heritage through the picture book Esperanza Rising, to a diverse group of seventh graders immersing themselves in the culture of Nigeria through a global novel.

Teaching Globally lays out why this kind of global curriculum is important and how to make space for it within district and state mandates. Built around a curriculum framework developed by Kathy, the ideas and strategies will help teachers integrate a global focus into existing literacy and social studies curricula.

Teaching Globally is filled with vignettes from K-8 urban and rural schools, as well as an extensive lists of book recommendations, websites, professional books, and an appendix of global text sets.

The book is available for preview in its entirety now!

Add comment July 21st, 2016

Boston, here we come!

We are packing our bags and heading to ILA in Boston this weekend! We hope to see you at booth #1912 where you will have the chance to catch up with our authors, browse our latest book, and pick up our fabulous tote bag. We are also offering a %25 discount off our list prices.

Download a schedule of Stenhouse author presentations at the conference here.

Author signings at the booth:

11:30 a.m.: Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris
1:30 p.m.: Lynne Dorfman and Diane Dougherty
1:30 p.m.: Mark Overmeyer

9 a.m.: Kelly Gallagher
10 a.m.: Debbie Diller
11:30 a.m.: Stacey Shubitz
Noon: Terry Thompson
12:30 p.m.: Paula Bourque
1:30 p.m.: Steven Layne
2 p.m.: Joan Dabrowski and Kate Roth
2:30 p.m.: Jennifer Jacobson
3 p.m.: Brenda Overturf
3:30 p.m.: Shelley Stagg Peterson

11 a.m.: Katie Cunningham

Add comment July 6th, 2016

Summer PD opportunities near you

Are you thinking about summer PD yet? Check out where you can catch up and learn with some of our authors near you!

Stephanie Harvey’s Reading Comprehension Institute
This year’s Reading Is Thinking workshop focuses on topics ranging from nonfiction literacy and inquiry circles to expanding comprehension across the curriculum and meeting standards through explicit comprehension instruction. Join Steph June 28 & 29 for two full days of learning.

Debbie Diller’s Summer Institute
Join Debbie in Houston July 15-16 as she helps you sift through standards, select the most efficient and effective ways to teach them, and focus on what students will be doing as a result.

The 2 Sisters across the country
Join Gail Boushey and Joan Moser, The 2 Sisters, at one of their workshops this summer for two days full of everything you need to know to successfully implement the Daily 5 and CAFE structures in your classroom. Their workshops include tools and tips and a chance to collaborate with colleagues.

Writing workshops in the woods
Jump start or fine tune your writing at one of the workshops offered by the Highlights Foundation. Whether you are working on a YA novel, a children’s book, or resources for educators, you will find inspiration and support in the Poconos—including workshops featuring Stenhouse authors Jennifer Jacobson and Georgia Heard.

Literacy Institute at Penn State York
Penn State York’s Summer Literacy Institute, June 20-24, is packed with Stenhouse authors. Learn from Lynne Dorfman and Diane Dougherty, Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan, Mark Overmeyer, and Peter Johnston, among others.

New Hampshire Literacy Institutes
Kelly Gallagher, Georgia Heard, Kathy Collins, Shawna Coppola, and Rachel Small, among others, will be teaching at UNH’s Summer Literacy Institutes in July. The list of courses includes a variety of topics, from teaching poetry to the role of technology in literacy education.

Stenhouse Summer Blogstitute
And finally, if you don’t feel like leaving the house, join us for our sixth annual Stenhouse Summer Blogstitute, starting June 13th. Our lineup of authors includes Katie Cunningham, Linda Dacey, Paula Bourque, Erik Palmer, and many others.

Add comment May 16th, 2016

Now Online: Who’s Doing the Work?

1075Teachers everywhere are concerned about students whose reading development inexplicably plateaus, as well as those who face challenging texts without applying the strategies they’ve been taught.

In their follow-up to Reading Wellness, Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris explore how some traditional scaffolding practices like read-aloud, shared reading, guided reading, and independent reading, may actually rob students of important learning opportunities and independence. They argue that if we want students to use these reading strategies indepdendently, we must question the ways our scaffolding is getting in the way.

Who’s Doing the Work? suggests ways to make small but powerful adjustments to instruction that hold students accountable for their own learning. It offers a vision for adjusting reading instruction to better align with the goal of creating independent, proficient, and joyful readers.

You can preview the entire book online!

1 comment March 23rd, 2016

Our new titles for Spring 2016

Our lineup of new titles for Spring 2016 includes everything you need to update your professional development library. Browse books online—we post them in their entirety as they become available. Want a chance to win all of our new titles? Scroll down to find out how.

0912Growing Independent Learners
From Literacy Standards to Stations, K-3
Debbie Diller
308 pages • Available now
$39.00 print • $34.99 e-book • $49.00 print/e-book bundle
Debbie Diller’s new book provides a comprehensive guide to help you plan instruction focused on literacy standards, organize your classroom for maximum benefit, and lead your students to independence through whole-group lessons, small-group focus, and partner learning at literacy stations.
Follow Debbie on Twitter: @debbiediller
To Tweet about the book: #growinglearners

1012Making Nonfiction from Scratch
Ralph Fletcher
144 pages • Available now
$18.50 print • $16.99 e-book • $28.50 print/e-book bundle
Ralph offers a candid critique of how nonfiction writing is often taught in schools, then presents strategies and inspiration to help students create authentic, engaging nonfiction.
Follow Ralph on Twitter: @FletcherRalph
To Tweet about the book: #makingnonfiction

1053Close Writing
Developing Purposeful Writers in Grades 2-6
Paula Bourque
304 pages • Available now
$26.00 print • $22.99 e-book • $36.00 print/e-book bundle
The strategies in Close Writing will help you nurture writers in your classroom who are aware of what effective writing looks like, who care about what they write, and who take ownership for their growth as writers.
Follow Paula on Twitter: @LitCoachLady
To Tweet about the book: #closewriting

1115Interactive Writing Across Grades
A Small Practice with Big Results, PreK-5
Kate Roth and Joan Dabrowski
208 pages • E-book available now • Print available late February
$27.95 print • $24.99 e-book • $37.90 print/e-book bundle
Interactive Writing Across Grades is your how-to guide, unpacking this powerful method step by step—and grade by grade. The authors help you figure out where and how interactive writing fits within your literacy framework, regardless of the grade you teach.
Follow Joan on Twitter: @joandabrowski
To Tweet about the book: #interactivewriting

1034Well Played, K-2
Building Mathematical Thinking Through Number Games and Puzzles
224 pages • Available now
Linda Dacey, Karen Gartland, and Jayne Bamford Lynch
Foreword by Kassia Omohundro Wedekind
$25.00 print • $22.99 e-book • $35.00 print/e-book bundle


1033Well Played, 6-8
Building Mathematical Thinking Through Number and Algebraic Games and Puzzles
248 pages • Available in April
$25.00 print • $22.99 e-book • $35.00 print/e-book bundle

The Well Played series of books (already available for grades 3-5), will help you tap the power of games and puzzles to engage students in sustained and productive mathematical thinking.
Follow the authors on Twitter: @LindaSDacey, @JayneJlynch, @KarenGGartland
To Tweet about the books: #wellplayedmath

1035Adding Talk to the Equation (A Talk Toolkit: Video + Companion Guide)
Discussion and Discovery in Mathematics
Lucy West
112 minutes + 100-page Companion Guide • Available early April
DVD + Companion Guide or 1-year Streaming: $150 • 3-year Streaming: $350
Companion Guide: $10 each or 10-pack for $75
This video features five case studies filmed in grades 1-6 and shows teachers at various stages in their practice of generating and managing rich mathematics conversations. The companion guide includes transcripts, detailed commentary, and reflections from Lucy.
Follow Lucy on Twitter: @LucyWestTLC
To Tweet about the book: #addingtalk

1064Good Thinking
Teaching Argument, Persuasion, and Reasoning
Erik Palmer
136 pages • Available in April
$18.00 print • $15.99 e-book • $28.00 print/e-book bundle
Blending theory with practice, Erik shares a wide range of classroom-tested lessons on how to help students develop sophisticated reasoning skills that will improve their oral and written communications.
Follow Erik on Twitter: @erik_palmer
To Tweet about the book: #goodthinkingbook

1075Who’s Doing the Work?
How to Say Less So Readers Can Do More
Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris
182 pages • Available in April
$23.00 print • $20.99 e-book • $33.00 print/e-book bundle
In their follow-up to Reading Wellness, Jan and Kim show how instructional mainstays such as read-aloud, shared reading, guided reading, and independent reading look in classrooms where students do more of the work.
Follow the authors on Twitter: @BurkinsandYaris
To Tweet about the book: #whosdoingthework

Here’s what you have to do for a chance to win a copy of each of our new titles from the Spring 2016 catalog:

  1. Follow @stenhousepub on Twitter.
  2. Take a picture of something in your classroom that was inspired by a Stenhouse book. It could be an anchor chart or a piece of student work or the way you set up your library.
  3. Post it on Twitter—make sure you tag @stenhousepub. Not on Twitter? E-mail the picture to
  4. That’s it. The winner will be picked March 1st, 2016.

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Add comment February 8th, 2016

The best of 2015

Another busy year comes to a close on the Stenhouse Blog. Thank you for joining us, for reading, for commenting, and supporting Stenhouse authors and  books.

We have collected some of our most popular posts from 2015 below. See you in 2016!

Here is why you write

Kelly Gallagher on “the best interest of students”:

Twitter chat with Steven Layne about the importance of read aloud

Six calls to action at ShadowCon

The power of the memorized line by Sarah Cooper

Digital distraction or engagement?

Why words still matter by Janet Allen

A conversation with the authors of Well Played:

In the Schoolyard: Where do I sit?

Debbie Diller on why she wrote Growing Independent Learners:


Scaffolding Waits by Terry Thompson


Ralph Fletcher talks about nonfiction writing:

Add comment December 29th, 2015

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