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As districts close country-wide due to COVID-19 and teachers shift to teaching using distance or remote learning, it’ll be important to maintain connection with students. I’m offering resources on my Reading and Writing Strategies Facebook Page and am inviting experts with digital and tech tools to join me in conversation. Click here for remote learning resources.



Click here for resources connected to my books: study guides, indexes, student self-reflection forms,  reading and  writing connections document, backline masters,  note taking forms, class profile forms, weekly planning forms, and more. Also available at this link are quick links to my various online and in-person professional learning opportunities organized through my publisher, Heinemann.


“Go-To Books” Collections for Reading and Writing

Two collections (one reading, one writing) for each grade K-5, 15 books per collection. Some are old favorites, some are newer releases. They are many of the books I rely on most when teaching 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 for Teaching Reading and my Go-to Books for Teaching Writing, and I hope they are helpful! View a webinar about them here.


Published Articles & Guest Blogs

What Considerations Should We Keep In Mind for Distance Learning? (Heinemann Blog)

Effective 5- to 7-Minute Reading Conferences (MiddleWeb)

Response: Reading Logs Should Be Tools for ‘Students to Spy on Themselves’ (Ed Week)

Conferring Well-Even When You Haven’t Read The Student’s Book (Shaped by HMH)

Jennifer Serravallo Shares Her Latest Thinking on Conferring (Heinemann Blog)

Rethinking “Just Right”: Reader and Text Variables That Impact Comprehension (Nerdy Book Club)

How Our Teaching Can, and Must, Honor Our Students’ Rights to Read (ILA Literacy Daily)

Ideas to Match Kids Up with Stories They’ll Love (MiddleWeb)

Teaching While Parenting: On Kindergarten Readiness (The Medium)

Author Interview with Jennifer Serravallo: Understanding Texts & Readers (Ed Week)

Dropping Everything to Read? How about Picking Some Things Up?  (Voices from The Middle)

Supporting Independent Reading and Independent Readers (Nerdy Book Club)

Goals and Goal Shielding (Educator Collaborative 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

Developing Reading and Writing Strategies en Español (The Heinemann Podcast)

Problem Solving for Students’ Needs (Coach Lead Teach)

Interview with Jennifer Serravallo on The Teacher’s Guide to Reading Conferences (doctorsam7 blog)

How to Support Your Child’s Reading and Writing (Konstella: Ask Educator Podcast)

Literacy Strategies: Q&A with Expert Jennifer Serravallo (Room 241)

Taking the Fuzziness Out of Reading Comprehension (Class Dismissed Podcast)

What Are the Best Ways to Use Leveled Texts? (Cult of Pedagogy Podcast)

Understanding Texts & Readers Podcast (Heinemann Teacher Podcast)

Understanding Texts & Readers Read Aloud Podcast (Heinemann Teacher Podcast)

Writing Strategies with Jennifer Serravallo (Class Dismissed Podcast)

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)

Reading and Writing Connections (See episode 6 at this link) (The Written Word Podcast by Turnitin)

Teachers Ask Jen Serravallo (Teacher Learning Sessions: Podcast Series)


Book Reviews: Understanding Texts & Readers

Building Comprehension Using Leveled Texts (MiddleWeb)

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants (Third and Rosedale)

Book Review: Understanding Texts & Readers (Coaching, Teaching, Always Learning)

A Review of Understanding Texts & Readers (Teaching From the Left)

A Review of Understanding Texts & Readers (Middle Grade Book Village)

Jennifer Serravallo’s New Book is in Our Stack! (Teachers for Teachers)


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

Summer Writing Camp Summer, 2018 (Heinemann Teacher Blog)

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)