November 4, 2018

Did you know Booksavors is also on Instagram?

I love reading children’s picture books. Some books, I linger in the words and begin to comb the text for many mini-lesson possibilities. Sometimes, I read a book and think how engaging and fun it will be to read to a certain class. All texts are crafted and have potential to be used as a mentor text. I just don’t have time to cultivate every text.

I have found that many teachers are using Instagram and Twitter as their PD. I sure do. I love reading short, quick snippets of learning to use with my kids. Thus, I began the Instagram account, Booksavors. Not all of the books on the Instagram account are featured on this blog. It’s just another way to connect you with books to connect with kids. And in the process, maybe you’ll find a great mentor text!

Happy Reading!

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February 13, 2018

Hello everyone,

I have begun an Instagram account, Booksavors, to introduce mentor texts as well as my blog. My book stack continues to gather more delightful books, and I don’t always find the time to cultivate lots of craft moves for each book. Some books are just awesome read alouds. Instagram allows me to snap a quick picture and highlight what catches my attention.

Hope you choose to follow both media sites and savor the books you love.

Little Red Writing

October 13, 2014
Little Red Writing by Joan Holub is a must-have book to encourage narrative writing in young children. From the beginning, my attention was captured. Like a mystery, clues are interspersed throughout the story. Melissa Sweet’s  mixture of fonts, mediums, and cartoon frames create added action and intensity to a rather predictable fairy tale.  As a mentor text, you will be able to teach story elements while Little Red is exploring her story. As a fractured fairy tale, this book creates a great compare/contrast lesson with the actual fairy tale. It is an example of how children can also gain ideas for their own stories from books.

The play on words is brilliant. Each scene, short but with depth, creates the opportunity for discussion about narrative basics, tension, balanced description, and focus. The element of surprise brings a twist to a rather known fairy tale.

Little RedI must say, I wondered if Ruth Ayres had collaborated with Joan Holub. At the end, Little Red’s teacher encourages her to “Write On!”, a phrase I hear Ruth extending to us all.

Have fun reading this tale!

Savorings for reading and in writing for Little Red Writing:

  • Story elements
  • Idioms
  • Types of genre on the same subject
  • Compare/Contrast texts
  • Vocabulary