Sunday, September 15, 2013

September 15, 2013: Books and Getting Ready for Leveled Literacy Intervention

Dear Readers,

I apologize that I have not had a blog post in a couple of weeks.  I just started my new position as Reading Specialist at Idlehurst Elementary School in Somersworth, NH.  I have been extremely busy getting to know everyone at my new school and getting ready to start "Leveled Literacy Intervention Model" by Fountas and Pinnell.  As I have been learning more about this model, I feel it will have such a positive impact on the students that we will be working with.  I am especially impressed by the quality of the texts that students will be reading.  If anyone has used Level Literacy Interventions, I would love to hear about your experiences and any tips that you may have for me.

On a personal note, I have been still reading and am trying to make a goal I that I set for myself on  I wanted to highlight some of favorites over the last couple of weeks.

Looking After LouisLooking After Louis by Lesley Ely
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I liked this book because it explains to children that everyone is different and that they should be celebrated for what they can do well.  I would use this reading aloud to grade 3 and up because the main character in the story Louis has autism.

The Serpent's Teeth; The Story Of CadmusThe Serpent's Teeth; The Story Of Cadmus by Penelope Farmer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Great story.  I highly recommend.

A Bad Case of StripesA Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read this book aloud to my sons, Xavier and Xander, and they really enjoyed it.  The illustrations complement an excellent story about Camilla and the choice she has to make.  Highly recommend!

I would love to hear what you have been reading.  You can always find me on and on twitter, xavxandiana is my name.  I will be posting a special announcement tomorrow!!!

Warm Regards,


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