Monday, February 11, 2013

It's Monday! What are You Reading?

Thank you Jen and Kellee for hosting this weekly!  To see what others are reading and recommending, or to participate, be sure to check out their blog Teach Mentor Texts :)

One of my students this year loves the Theodore Boone series by John Grisham and recommended it to me last week.  He is an avid reader and I highly value his recommendations so I took Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer, the first book in the series,  home with me over the weekend and devoured it!  I sat in my favorite chair and did not put the book down because the mystery hooked me right in and I couldn't wait to find out what happened next.  If you haven't picked up this series yet, like I hadn't, I highly recommend that you add it to the top of your TBR stack.  I have been snowed in this weekend, like everyone else in my area, and book 2 and 3 are in my classroom...ugh!  So I've had to be patient and wait...but we have no school again so I will have to either continue to wait or take a trip to a nearby bookstore today to find out what happens next with Theo! Thank you Ryan for recommending this series to me!

One professional book that I read this past weekend and loved was Student Centered Coaching: A Guide for K-8 Coaches and Principals by Diane Sweeney.  I loved her book Learning Along the Way which I read years ago so I was very excited to see that she published a new book.  This is an excellent resource for all coaches and principals and I highly recommend it.  It is an easy read that gives you practical ideas of how you can make coaching more student centered, which I love!  It includes coaching scenarios, coaching tools and techniques, and visual planning charts used in coaching cycles.  Thank you Diane Sweeney for writing another great resource for coaches!

Happy Reading!


  1. So excited to hear about the coaching book, Melanie. I am now a coach & can use all the tips I can get! Thanks for that, & for the shout out for the Theodore Boone series. I've not read them either & we do have them at school. Guess I should take a look!

  2. Hi Melanie, I didn't know that John Grisham has started writing for kids - I am sure that this would be a hit with the boys. I didn't know about the Theodore Boone series - I should check this one out soonest. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I didn't know that John Grisham wrote for kids either. I will have to check that out. What grade or level would you think it would be good for?

    First in Maine

  4. Well, well, well Thrilled that Grisham is writing for kids Would love by son to get into these titles. Also curious what age do you think this series would be good for?

    1. It's a great series for middle grade students 5th grade and up :)