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Favorite Professional Books from Scholastic Readers

By Angela Bunyi on December 24, 2010
  • Grades: 3–5

The results are in! Eleven lucky readers will be receiving a free professional book from my personal library. In the process more than sixty book recommendations were cited by readers as motivating and inspiring resources in the classroom.

The results are in! Eleven lucky readers will be receiving a free professional book from my personal library. In the process more than sixty book recommendations were cited by readers as motivating and inspiring resources in the classroom. Rather than scroll through the comment section of my last post, I have created a master list for you to use here. 

Photo: One lucky reader won a signed copy of Growing Readers by Kathy Collins. 

Note: Top Teaching will resume Thursday, January 6, with a post from Christy Crawford.



Broken up into three categories (math, literacy, and other), here are the choices cited by readers over the past week. If an author was not included, I did not include it as well. Removed from the list were any books cited in my last post. 


Professional Literature: Math Choices


Math Solutions, Marilyn Burns

Teaching Elementary Mathematics, Jon Can de Walle

EdThoughts: What We Know About Mathematics Teaching and Learning

Teaching Student-Centered Mathematics Grades K-3, John A. Van de Walle and LouAnn H. Lovin


Professional Literature: Literacy Choices


Cafe and Daily Five- Cited the most, by far, over any other book recommendation

The Book Whisperer, Donalyn Miller (cited multiple times)

Guiding Readers and Writers Grades 3-6, Fountas and Pinnell (cited more than once)

Wonderous Words, Katie Wood Ray (cited more than once)

Strategies That Work (cited multiple times)

Words Their Way

Action Strategies for Deepening Comprehension, Jeffrey Wilhelm v

Revisiting the Reading Workshop, Barbara Orehovec and Marybeth Alley

Already Ready: Nurturing Writers in Preschool and Kindergarten, Katie Wood Ray and M. Glover

What to Read When, Pam Allyn

Reading Magic, Mem Fox

Reading with Meaning, Debbie Miller (cited more than once) 

Igniting a Passion for Reading, Steven Layne (cited more than once)

Mosaic of Thought (cited more than once)

Make it Real: Strategies for Success with Informational Texts, Linda Hoyt

Teaching Writing That Matters: Tools and Projects That Motivate Adolescent Writers, Chris Gallagher and Amy Lee

Razzle Dazzle Writing and The Writing Menu, Melissa Forney

The Art of Teaching Reading, Lucy Calkins

Mentor Texts: Teaching Writing Through Children's Literature (K-6), Lynne R. Dorfman and Rose Cappelli


How to Get Your Child to Love Reading, Esme Codell

The Next Step in Guided Reading

No More, I'm Done, Jennifer Jacobson

Awakening the Heart, Georgia Heard

The Revision Toolkit, Georgia Heard

Nonfiction Matters, Stephanie Harvey and Ann Goudvis

Comprehension and Collaboration: Inquiry Circles in Action, Harvey and Daniels

Interactive Think-Alouds, Lori Ozkus

Reciprocal Teaching at Work, Lori D. Oczkus

Launching the Writing Workshop: A Step-by-Step Guide in Photographs, Denise Leograndis

Trait-Based Mini-Lessons for Teaching Writing Grades 2-4

I Can Write Like That!


Professional Literature: Classroom Management/Other


Classroom Instruction That Works, Robert Marzano

Never Work Harder Than Your Students & Other Principles of Teaching, Robyn R. Jackson

Drumming to the Beat of Different Marchers, Debbie Silver

32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny, Phillip Done

Yardsticks, Chip Wood

Teaching with Love and Logic, Jim Fay and David Funk

First Days of School, Harry Wong

Classroom Spaces that Work, Responsive Education

Teacher Man, Frank McCourt

Any book by author Becky Bailey

Ghosts from the Nursery, Tracing the Roots of Voilence, Robin Karr-Morse

The First Six Weeks of School, Paula Denton and Roxann Kriete

How Full is Your Bucket?, Tom Rath

Putting the I Back Into Team

I Choose to Stay, Salome Thomas-El

Positive Discipline for the Classroom

Dinah Zike's foldable books

25 Quick Formative Assessment for a Differentiated Classroom, Judith Dodge

Test Talk, Amy H. Green and Glennon Doyle Metlon

Teach Like a Champion, Doug Lemov (cited more than once)


And the Professional Book Winners Are...



Ralph Fletcher- Poetry Matters comment #4/#15 Melissa

Katie Wood Ray — About the Authors comment #51 Kim Smythe

 Janet Angelillo — Grammar Study comment #14 Eileen

Ralph Fletcher — Boy Writers  comment #119 Leah McDermott

Debbie Miller — Reading with Meaning  comment #105- Elizabeth Davis


Rafe Esquith — Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire comment #33 Lauren

Rafe Esquith- There Are No Shortcuts - comment #99 Kelly

Kathy Collins — Growing Readers (signed) comment # 39 Amanda Nickerson

Harvey Daniels and Steven Zemelman — Subjects Matter: Every Teacher's Guide to Content-Area Reading - comment #21 Wendy

Ellin Oliver Keene — Mosaic of Thought comment #85 Jill Esposito

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics — Cartoon Corner (asked about in my last post) comment #37 Cathy Manning


Congratulations and thank you to everyone that contributed and shared their ideas! If you included an email, I will email you later this evening. If you didn't include an email, you have one week to post it here. I will be sending out the books early next week. 


Best wishes to you! Again, Top Teaching will return January 6 with a post from Christy Crawford.




Comments (7)

Hi Angela!

I just wanted to make sure that you were able to send the text who I won in a give away. Harvey Daniels and Steven Zemelman — Subjects Matter: Every Teacher's Guide to Content-Area Reading - comment #21 Wendy

Thanks for the update on the status! Hard to believe it is already February! Take care!

Angela, I know that I won the Debbie Miller book, Reading With Meaning. I sent my address to you over email, but my email account has been sending and receiving mail sporadically so I wasn't sure if you received it. I can't wait to read this book. Thank you so much for you post. Your wonderful ideas are so much help each month.

I know that the post has long-since ceased collecting book titles, but I must say that for Christmas I received "Interactive Think-Aloud Lessons" by Lori D. Oczkus, and it has quickly become my new favorite text on comprehension lessons! Great, interactive lessons with terrific emphasis on utilizing the multiple intelligences.

My email address for Reading with Meaning #105 is edavis@lumpkin.k12.ga.us Thank you so much!!! Elizabeth Davis

I was so excited to see my name listed as a winner for There Are No Shortcuts. Thank you! My email is sbb_hnasko@hotmail.com. I hope you are having a wonderful break with your family!

Thank you so much for publishing this list. It's a terrific resource that I'll share with colleagues.

I'm so excited about being a winner! What a great Christmas surprise!

Merry Christmas, and have a relaxing holiday break. :)

My email for Ralph Fletcher's Poetry Matters is melissasmith559@hotmail.com

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