Saturday, January 25, 2020

Election Day

There are candidates and in-depth profiles. There are Q&As and fact sheets available to the public. Campaign slogans pepper the halls and signs bearing a name have appeared in doorways. There are promises made and super PACs being formed. There are devotees and undecideds. There are commercials and hashtags and celebrity endorsements. "Who are you voting for?" is the hottest topic of lunchtime conversation.

It's an election year, after all.

But for one week, at our middle school in Massachusetts, it was about a book.

Like so many things in our CRL existence, this started as an accident. We couldn't decide on a book for our annual school-wide read.

Then it dawned on us: it's 2020. Let's have the kids vote!

Three candidates were announced last week, and Monday our middle schoolers will vote for the All In! 2020 title. The reveal is set for Tuesday morning.

So before the assembly and likely technical difficulties, before any schedule changes and ordering snafus, before the numbers start rolling in and we start paying way too much attention to who is reading and who is not, we're taking a moment to celebrate.

Because for one week, it was about a book.


Thursday, October 24, 2019

Books Build Bridges: Using YA Literature to Support SEL in Middle School

Hello again!

We had requests to share our SEL presentation slides, so here they are.  The second presentation is Building a Community of Readers. Please reach out with questions at 2crazyreadingladies@gmail.com.

https://flipgrid.com/booksbuildbridges

https://flipgrid.com/leadingliteracy

Also, if you're in the area, we invite you to join us in building a literacy collaborative.  We'd love to collaborate with you on author visits, literacy initiatives, and school visits.  Send us an email and we'll include you in the planning!

We'll be at MassCue today presenting on a wide variety of literacy initiatives.  We'll be in Red 72 at 2:45.  Join us!

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Our SEL shopping list

Well hi, there!

We've been talking a lot lately about the super cool SEL libraries we're creating for HMMS thanks to the Franklin Education Foundation and the pinnacle grant we received.  Lots of folks have asked for the books that we ordered, and we figured this was the easiest way to share it.  Happy shopping!


TitleAuthorISBN
24 Hours in NowhereBowling9781454929246
42 is Not Just a NumberRappaport9781536206326
A Good Kind of TroubleRamee9780062836687
A Land of Permanent GoodbyesAbawi9780399546853
A Monster CallsNess9780763660659
A Night DividedNielsen9780545682442
A Thunderous WhisperGonzalez9780375873713
After ZeroCollins9781492697350
All American BoysKiely/Reynolds9781481463348
Amal UnboundSaeed9780399544682
AmericanizedSaedi9781524717827
An Elephant in the GardenMorpugo9781250034144
As Brave as YouReynolds9781481415910
Born a CrimeNoah9780525582168
Brown Girl DreamingWoodson9780147515827
Can You See Me (2020 pub date)Scott & Wescott9781407195674
Challenger DeepShusterman9780061134142
Counting by 7sSloan9780142422861
Curveball: The Year I Lost My GripSonnenblick9780545320702
Dear MartinStone9781101939529
ElevenRogers9780991181001
Enchanted AirEngle9781481435239
Every Last WordStone9781484723647
Extraordinary BirdsStark-McGinnis9781547601004
Fast BreakLupica9781101997833
Fish in a TreeHunt9780142426425
Genesis Begins AgainWilliams9781481465809
GhostReynolds9781481450164
Ghost BoysRhodes9780316262262
Girl StolenHenry9780312674755
Golden BoySullivan9780142424506
GoneGrant9780061448782
Good DogGemeinhart9781338528756
Good EnoughPetro-Roy9781250123510
Hey, KiddoKrocozska9780545902489
HighSheff9780544644342
House ArrestHolt9781452156484
I am Number FourLore9780061969577
I Have a Bad Feeling About ThisStand9781402284557
ImpulseHopkins9781416903574
In the Shadow of the Sun *only in hc*O'Brien9780545905749
Insignificant Events in the Life of a CactusBowling9781454932994
InternmentAhmed9780316522694
Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the WorldBlake9780316515474
Just MercyStevenson9780525580065
Karma Khullar's MustacheWeintge9781481477710
LegendLu9780142422076
Life as we Knew ItPfeffer9780152061548
Lifeboat 12 (paperback)Hood9781481468848
Like No OtherLaMarche9781595146755
Lily and DunkinGephart9780553536775
Long Way DownReynolds9781481438261
Losers BracketCrutcher9780062220080
Lost BoysRosenblatt9781250158826
Malice (out of print)Wooding9780545160438
Maybe He Just Likes YouDee9781534432376
MockingbirdErskine9780142417751
More Happy Than NotSilvera9781616956776
Notes from the Midnight DriverSonnenblick9780439757812
Other Words For HomeWarga9780062747808
Out of My MindDraper9781416971719
PatinaReynolds9781481450195
Prisoner B-3087 *only in hc*Gratz9780545459013
RestartKorman9781338053807
RevolverSedgwick9780312547974
RulesLord9780439443838
Saving MartyGriffin9780399539084
ScytheShusterman9781442472433
Slider (paperback)Hautman9781536204322
SpeechlessSchmitt9781536200928
StarfishBowman9781481487733
Tell Me Three ThingsBuxbaum9780553535679
The 57 Bus *only in hc*Slater9780374303235
The Bitter Side of SweetSullivan9780147515094
The Boy in the Black SuitReynolds9781442459519
The Boy in the Striped PajamasBoyne9780385751537
The Boys Who Challenged HitlerPedersen9780374300227
The DeadHigson9781484721452
The EnemyHigson9781484721469
The Faithful SpyHendrix9781419732652
The Glass CastleWalls9780743247542
The Inexplicable Logic of My LifeSaenz9781328498021
The Line TenderAllen9780735231603
The Miscalculations of Lightning GirlMcAnulty9781524767600
The Night Diary (paperback)HIranandai9780735228528
The Night She DisappearedHenry9781250016744
The Opposite of AlwaysReynolds9780062748379
The Rock and The RiverMagoon9781416978039
The Rule of OneSaunders9781503953178
The Thing About JellyfishBejamin9780316380843
The War I Finally WonBradley9780147516817
The War that Saved my LifeBradley9780147510488
The Year I Didn't EatPollen9781499808087
The You I've Never KnownHopkins9781481442916
They Both Die at the EndSilvera9780062457806
Time BombCharbonneau9780544416703
Waiting for NormalConnor9780060890902
Wake Me After the ApocolypseRivet9781725001992
When We CollidedLord9781681192031
When We Were LostWignall9780316417792
Wilder BoysWallace9781481432634
Wolf HollowWolk9781101994849
Words on Bathroom WallsWalton9780399550911