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What they are saying about Stenhouse books

Here is a quick roundup of recent reviews of our latest books. Be sure to check them out online — many of them are still available for full preview before you buy!

In the July 2016 issue, Midwest Book Review showcased two Stenhouse titles on the “Education shelf” of their Bookwatch List. Well Played, 6-8 by Linda Dacey, Karen Gartland, and Jayne Bamford Lynch was hailed as “… a top pick for teachers who would inject play and learning into a math curriculum.”

Interactive Writing Across Grades by Kate Roth and Joan Dabrowski was found to be a “…solid guide for any teacher of these grade levels who would integrate an interactive writing program into the classroom.”

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Midwest Book Review’s Bookwatch also featured Making Nonfiction from Scratch in January, calling it, “a thought-provoking critique of how nonfiction writing is taught in schools.” The “Education shelf” of the May’s Library Bookwatch also recommended Who’s Doing the Work by Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris, saying, “Thoroughly informed and informative, and exceptionally ‘user friendly’ in tone, content, commentary, organization and presentation, Who’s Doing the Work? is very highly recommended for professional and academic library …collections.”

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A MiddleWeb reviewer gushed about Close Writing by Paula Bourque, calling it full of, “practical, easy-to-implement and innovative ideas that will enhance your Writers Workshop experience without taking time away from what our students need to do — write.” The reviewer adds, “This book is meant to be read and reread. To be read closely…To be read with a colleague…to be read at the beach…to be read here, there and everywhere!”

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The same MiddleWeb reviewer also loved Craft Moves by Stacey Shubitz, saying, “I tried words like “Fabulous” and “Exciting,” but they seemed inadequate to explain how powerful and important Stacey Shubitz’s new book, Craft Moves is to middle grades teachers and students everywhere.”

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Teacher’s Toolbox investigated Growing Independent Learners by Debbie Diller, and decided that, “The author does a fantastic job of coaching teachers to make learning practical and fun. …This book is full of great ideas for organization, standards alignment, anchor charts, and balancing whole group, guided groups, and independent learning! It is a must for early elementary school teachers!”

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Well Played, K-2 by Linda Dacey, Karen Gartland, and Jayne Bamford Lynch was spotlighted by Meaningful Math Moments, where the reviewer said, “what impressed me the most were the points they raised around the teaching of games/puzzles; these were highly insightful!” She concluded, “I highly recommend this resource and intend to use it this coming year!”

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And Franki Sibberson over at A Year of Reading blog reviewed Christopher Danielson’s book Which One Doesn’t Belong? and called it a great conversations starter around shapes and geometry. “If you are interested in inquiry based thinking and routines that empower kids AND if you want to learn more about quality talk in the math classroom, you need this book immediately!”

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Add comment September 27th, 2016

What they are saying about…

Here is what some influential bloggers and reviewers have written recently about our books. Visit their sites for more PD recommendations and teaching tips!

Teacher’s Toolbox highly recommends Making Number Talks Matter by Cathy Humphreys and Ruth Parker and calls it “a powerful resource to have in your teacher’s toolbox as you use Number Talks with your students”:

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The 8th-grade teacher behind New England States blog calls Teaching Arguments a “win-win” for the way Jennifer Fletcher “gives [students] the tools to not only criticize a writer’s logic and word choice, but to read more like writers—a payoff in English as well as social studies, science, math, and I-don’t-care-what-subject-you-throw-at-me”:

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Stenhouse author Stacey Shubitz describes Sharing the Blue Crayon as a book that “inspired [her] as both an educator and a person.” She adds, “[Mary Anne] Buckley provides suggestions and choices rather than one way of teaching students social and emotional skills”:

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Midwest Book Review agrees that Sharing the Blue Crayon is “a pick for any education collection” describing it as “a unique survey that integrates emotional with literary objectives and uses concrete suggestions to help teachers see solid results”:

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Add comment September 4th, 2015

What they are saying about Stenhouse books

Here is a quick roundup of some recent reviews of Stenhouse titles.

Midwest Book Review found Grammar Matters to be “packed with resources on homophones, mentor texts and more,” placing the book by Lynne Dorfman and Dianne Dougherty on their January Education Shelf as “a ‘must’ for any teacher looking to blend basic grammar instruction with Common Core State Standards and lessons that ‘stick’.”

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In January, they reviewed In Defense of Read-Aloud by Steven Layne, “a treatise in the field of literacy education that strongly supports reading aloud to children in grades K-12”, deeming it “highly recommended for professional and college library education shelves.”

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After reading Intentional Talk by Elham Kazemi and Allison Hintz, Donna Boucher, author of the Math Coach’s Corner blog, found “the vignettes are the true power of the book, because you feel as if you are actually in the classroom observing a master teacher at work.” She adds, “this is a book you will use as well as read. You can’t read a chapter and not have a new strategy to try in the classroom tomorrow!”

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Writing coach Jeannine Atkins posts about “writing and stuff” in her blog “Views from a Window Seat”. Her recent review of 59 Reasons to Write by Kate Messner states “the warmth in this one comes both from Kate and the generous and hard-working people she gathers around. Readers will fold over pages or put down the book with a strong sense of yes-we-can”

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In her MiddleWeb review, Linda Biondi calls Tools for Teaching Academic Vocabulary “an easy-to-read, use, and apply vocabulary toolkit that can revolutionize the teaching of vocabulary for all students”

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In his blog “Russ on Reading”, Russ Walsh asserts that in Reading Wellness, “[Jan Miller] Burkins and [Kim] Yaris cut through all the Common Core standards gobbledy-gook to provide teachers with a clear eyed approach to bringing children to reading by developing both the skill and the will to read”

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Add comment March 18th, 2015

What they are saying about Stenhouse books

0992Midwest Book Review spotlighted two Stenhouse books on the “Education Shelf” of their Bookwatch list, deeming To Look Closely by Laurie Rubin “informed, informative, superbly organized and presented” and calling The Daily 5, 2nd Edition, “a fine ‘must’ for any educator’s collection.”

Kid Lit Frenzy featured Perfect Pairs by Melissa Stewart and Nancy Chesley, and found that “despite how comprehensive it is, there is an ease in Perfect Pairswhich it is laid out and how it is structured. Whether someone is a new or an experienced teacher, the ideas and suggestions are easy to follow and can be implemented in the classroom.”

The Uncommon Corps says of Perfect Pairs, “What a gift for starting the school year. I hope you check out this useful, clearly written, much needed book.”

Reviewing Poem Central, MiddleWeb‘s Jenni Miller writes, “Shirley McPhillips brings us face to face with a beautiful truth: that while in many ways poetry is in hiding, the truth is that it is hiding in plain sight…McPhillips expresses this in a lovely way that gives us permission to interact with poetry on our own terms, to allow it to cohabit, so to speak, with our curriculum.”

And Linda Biondi praised Intentional Talk by Elham Kazemi and Allison Hintz, concluding “if you want to engage your students to become more critical thinkers in math class, this book is an important must-read.”

Common Core Standards in Diverse Classrooms by Jeff Zwiers, Susan O’Hara, and Robert Pritchard was highlighted by Teachers College Record reviewers who believe “teachers will find the details, instruction, and annotations fascinating, like a slowed-down movie version of an actual classroom where we have the opportunity to pause, think, and rethink, move around the room, and reflect on our normally fast-paced lessons.” Preview the entire book.

Add comment September 29th, 2014

Reviewing Word Nerds, Beyond the Bubble, Number Sense Routines, and Math Sense

Rose Cappelli, coauthor with Lynne Dorfman of Mentor Texts, Nonfiction Mentor Texts, and Poetry Mentor Texts, recently had some time to catch up on her professional reading and posted reviews on her blog for Word Nerds by Brenda Overturf, Leslie Montgomery, and Margot Holmes Smith.

“In Word Nerds, the authors skillfully show teachers how they can not only use direct vocabulary instruction, but also embed the teaching of vocabulary across the day so that students truly own the words,” writes Rose. You can read her full review and browse her blog here.

The September issue of Teaching Children Mathematics, published by NCTM, included two reviews of Stenhouse math books. “By offering suggestions for differentiation and grouping students according to levels of understanding, this well-organized book encourages a powerful approach to mathematics instructions,” writes reviewer Carrie S. Cutler of Beyond the Bubble: How to Use Multiple-Choice Tests to Improve Math Instruction, Grades 4-5 by Maryann Wickett and Eunice Hendrix-Martin. You can read the full review here.

Jessica Shumway’s recent book Number Sense Routines: Building Numerical Literacy Every Day in Grades K-3 also received a nice nod from NCTM reviewer Patricia Hunsader, who points out that the book can not only help teachers, but also can be useful for parents in integrating the development of numerical literacy into daily family routines. She says that in her book Jessica “illustrates just how crucial number sense is to the development of children’s mathematical power, and how the thinking that students employ during their daily warm-up routines naturally spills over into the body of the math lesson, regardless of content.” Read the full review here.

“This book is a great resource for beginning and experienced teachers as they transition to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. It is an easy and clear read. After a teacher has read it once, it will be a resource for his or her library that can serve for years to come,” writes reviewer Tamara Wilson in the November issue of Mathematics Teaching in Middle School about Christine Moynihan’s recent book Math Sense: The Look, Sound, and Feel of Effective Instruction. Read the full review here.

Add comment September 19th, 2013

Review roundup

Here are samples of what bloggers are saying online about some recent Stenhouse books:

Writing to Explore
David Somoza and Peter Lourie

Kevin Hodgson, a sixth grade teacher in Southampton, Massachusetts, has been rethinking the way he approaches research projects with his students since his state adopted the Common Core. “The new standards not only increase the expectations of research-based reading and writing across the content areas, they also expect these skills to be taught in younger grades and with increasingly more complexity as the students get older,” Kevin explains. And if the expression “research project” elicits groans from you and your students, Kevin thinks the adventure essay and the strategies in Writing to Explore might be the cure. Read the full review here.

Pyrotechnics on the Page
Ralph Fletcher

Keith Schoch at Teaching with Picture Books says “I can’t recommend this book too highly!” “A good deal of the text discusses sentence structure, which is key to complex and elaborated writing as defined by the Common Core standards,” Keith writes, adding that helping students become writers also makes them better readers. Read the full review on Keith’s blog.

Reading with Meaning, Second Edition
Debbie Miller

When Stenhouse author Patrick Allen is not busy working on his new DVD Fact Finders!, he is busy interviewing other Stenhouse authors on his blog. This time he talked to Debbie Miller, author of Reading with Meaning. Read this great interview where Debbie talks about her hopes for the second edition of her landmark book and about what brings her the biggest joy as a teacher. The full interview is on Patrick’s blog, All-en-A-Day’s Work.

Igniting a Passion for Reading
Steven Layne

Some Stenhouse books travel far and wide. Steve Layne’s book made it all the way to New Zealand, where a reviewer on the Create Readers Blog by the National Library of New Zealand called it “the ‘go to’ book for teachers and librarians who are looking for well tested strategies to develop students as lifetime readers. The full review is here.

Write Like This and Academic Conversations
Kelly Gallagher and Jeff Zwiers

Ken over at RAMS English took a little bit of Kelly Gallagher, mixed it with a little bit of Jeff Zwiers and came up with his own point/counterpoint activity that takes “a fun persuasive unit activity from Kelly Gallagher’s Write Like This and combines it with the core speaking skills from Jeff Zwiers’ Academic Conversations.” Sound like something you would like to try? Check out the results here.

Add comment March 18th, 2013

News from the blogosphere

Here are a few tidbits we’ve found interesting around the blogosphere recently:

Herb Broda, author of Moving the Classroom Outdoors, wrote a guest post on the Children & Nature Network’s website recently. A recent study examining images of nature in children’s books found that those images are slowly disappearing. “Is that a concern? Absolutely! Picture books for children mirror the priorities and interests of society. In education we talk about the concept of the null curriculum—that which is taught because it is never mentioned. If children are seeing less and less of nature in what they read, the message being conveyed is that nature really isn’t an important part of day-to-day living,” writes Broda.

You can read the full article here. Moving the Classroom Outdoors was also mentioned in this article about a trailblazing principal in Pennsylvania.

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Erik Palmer’s recent book Well Spoken received a fun and informative review on the blog RAMS English. ”

“Who hit the mute button on public speaking in the English classroom? Seems there’s less and less of it, and when teachers do send their students to the front of the class, they quickly give up the practice for the very reasons they should be redoubling their efforts — the students’ propensity for whispering, mumbling, fidgeting, forgetting what to say, and stringing together unconscious fillers like “um,” “uh,” “and,” “so,” “then,” and (Odin help us) “like.”

It’s, like, maddening.”

Read the full review on RAMS English.

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Our very own Mark Overmeyer was recently honored as the 2012 Catherine Canny Award Honoree at the Cherry Creek Schools Foundation Luncheon . He’s been a teacher at Cherry Creek for over 20 years. Congrats, Mark!

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Amanda Villagomez, a middle-school teacher in Oregon, recently reviewed Kelly Gallagher’s book Write Like This. “Kelly Gallagher’s Write Like This: Teaching Real-World Writing Through Modeling & Mentor Texts made me even more excited to be going back to my 6-8 language arts classroom next fall. As with his other books I loved his voice and convictions related to teaching.”

She was also inspired by Living the Questions by Brenda Power and Ruth Shagoury.

Add comment March 21st, 2012

Tidbits from the blogosphere

There are a couple of things happening around the web that I wanted to share with all of you.

First, I want to mention that for the first time Stenhouse is going to participate in World Read Aloud Day on March 7. Check back to find out more in this space closer to the date, but I think we have some very exciting authors and events lined up. Find out more about Read Aloud Day on the LitWorld website and think about how you can participate in this great event.

If you have some chatty teenagers in your life, who, like, uhm, don’t quite know how to carry on a conversation, check out this great column by A+ Parenting Advice columnist Leanna Landsmann. She uses some tips from Erik Palmer’s recent book, Well Spoken.

Speaking of Erik: Blogger and teacher Jennifer Fulton read and recommended the book to her department chair, who then purchased a copy for everyone in the department. They used the book as the focus of one of their workshops. Read her review of the book on her blog.

Another review that’s worth a quick read is about Math Exchanges by Kassia Omohundro Wedekind, and appears on the blog Enjoy and Embrace Learning.

Franki Sibberson reviews Peter Johnston’s new book Opening Minds on her blog, A Year of Reading. “With Opening Minds, Johnston adds a new layer to what we already learned from him about the importance of the language we use with children.  This new layer has given me a great deal to think about and it will definitely make me a better teacher,” Franki writes.

Add comment February 7th, 2012

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