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Announcing! My new GO TO BOOKS Collections

One collection for each grade K-5, 15 books per collection. Some are old favorites, some are newer releases. They are all books I rely on most when teaching reading strategies. Unlike book collections that will be a part of your classroom library, I’m envisioning that these are the books that stay on your easel and get tucked under your arm, the ones that are returned to again and again as beloved class favorites that are rich with opportunities to demonstrate proficient reading behaviors and skills. These are my go-to books, and I hope they are helpful!

Published Articles & Guest Blogs

Dropping Everything to Read? How about Picking Some Things Up?  (Voices from The Middle, NCTE Journal, Vol. 24, No. 4 May 2017)

Supporting Independent Reading and Independent Readers (Nerdy Book Club)

Goals and Goal Shielding (Educator Collaborative Blog)

Turning Independent Reading Obstacles into Opportunities (Scholastic Teacher Leader Blog)

The Reading Strategies Book: An Interview with Jennifer Serravallo (Ed Week)

Choice During Independent Reading; What’s a Teacher to Do? (ILA Literacy Daily)

Taking a Teacher-as-Scientist Stance in September (Literacy & NCTE)

Expanding Our Approach to Reading Strategies (Middleweb)

The Children in Front of Us (Heinemann Catalogue and Journal)

Tips for Independent Reading (Scholastic Instructor Magazine)

Reading Time with Goals in Mind (ASCD Educational Leadership)

This Assessment…Not That Assessment (Ed Week Finding Common Ground blog)

What Standardized Tests Don’t Tell You (Reading Today)

Outline, Re-Outline, Outline Again (Sharing Our Notebooks blog)

So Your Students are Starting to Read Chapter Books!… (Chart Chums blog)

More of What’s Meaningful: Formative Assessments (Literacy Daily blog, ILA)

Focusing On Engagement (Heinemann Blog) <<–find often-requested logs and tools here

How Can Complex Texts Ever Work for Below-Level Readers? (Lesley U Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative blog) 


Podcasts and Interviews

Making the Most of Small Groups with Jennifer Serravallo (Choice Literacy: Podcast)

Jennifer Serravallo on Formative Assessments (Choice Literacy: Podcast)

300 Ways to Help Students Love Writing (Cool Cat Teacher Vicki Davis Interview)

Jennifer Serravallo on Reading Strategies and Writing Strategies (Wired Educator Podcast)

Five Ideas for Improving Student Writing  (The 10-Minute Teacher Show, Vicki Davis)

The Writing Strategies Book: A Conversation with Jennifer Serravallo (Heinemann Teacher Podcast)


Book Reviews: The Writing Strategies Book

Easy to Use Strategies to Develop Young Writers (Middleweb)

The Everything Guide to Developing Skilled Writers: A Powerful New Resource  (Valinda Kimmel)

The Writing Strategies Book by Betsy Hubbard (Two Writing Teachers)

The Writing Strategies Book, A Review by Russ Walsh (Russ on Reading)

Jennifer Serravallo Has Done it Again! (Teachers For Teachers)


Book Reviews: The Reading Strategies Book

Seeing the Matrix: The Reading Strategies Book (Chartchums)

Serravallo’s Reading Strategies Earn a Rave Review (Middleweb)

The Reading Strategies Book Reviewed by Russ Walsh (Russ On Reading)

The Reading Strategies Book Reviewed by Betsy Hubbard (Two Writing Teachers)

It’s Monday: You Don’t Want to Miss this New Professional Resource (Assessment in Perspective)

The Reading Strategies Book – An Invaluable Resource for Literacy Teachers by Erika Crowl (

Review of The Reading Strategies Book by Jianna Taylor (Oakland Schools Literacy)


Online Book Studies

Reading Strategies Summer 2016 Book Study (An Apple for the Teacher)

Reading Strategies: Goal 2, Engagement (My First Grade Happy Place)

Kristin Richey’s Reading Strategies Book Reflections  (Reading and Owl of the Above)

Literacy Teacher’s Playbook: A Bloggy Book Study (KTeacherTiff and links to 9 other bloggers at the bottom)

Book Up Edition #1: The Literacy Teacher’s Playbook (A Sharp Teacher)

The Reading Strategies Book Study – Goal 3 (The Literacy Spot)