The English Teacher's Companion by Jim Burke was the biggest help to me. He discusses all aspects of being an English teacher. His ideas are great, and he has a Web site providing graphic organizers, lists of books, etc., to supplement his book.

Deena Thom, Honolulu, HI

Savage Inequalities, by Jonathan Kozol. Gave me perspective as a teacher and a human!

Maryann West, Loveland, OH

The one professional book that has helped me the most is the one I'm still using - Developing Number Concepts Using Unifix Cubes. I'm all for math manipulatives, but having too many in the class can sometimes be overwhelming. Using one manipulative to teach a variety of concepts in fun and exciting ways (up to third grade in this book!) makes it easier for both me and my kids. Yes, I do have other things in my class-rulers, geoblocks, and pattern blocks - but it's so cool to use one manipulative to bring so much to the kids!

Rebecca S. Camacho-Sobcza, Sherman Oaks, CA

500 Five-Minute Games has been a great reference for me to help my students develop motor, language, cognitive and social skills quickly and simply. These games fit neatly into any curriculum and are flexible enough for developmentally appropriate planning. This guide has been very helpful, and I highly recommend it as a quick-reference must for the early childhood classroom.

Cami Canning, Santa Monica, California

In the Middle, by Nancie Atwell

Maria, Indianapolis, IN

Conversations by Regie Routman is the third book in a trilogy by this author providing tools for growth in teaching. Its common sense and teacher-friendly organization make it a balanced and useful book "to grow on."

Sue Michel

Lee Cantors' behavior strategies books and workbooks.

Aida Jones, Miramar, FL

Invitations by Regie Routman

Mary Anne Haffner, Waynesboro, PA

The English Teacher's Companion

Deena Thom, Honolulu, HI

The professional book that has helped me the most is How to Talk So Kids Will Listen. If you don't communicate effectively with students, you can't reach them or teach them.

Karen Haynes, Kansas City, MO

Teaching Children to Care by Ruth Sidney Charney

Sue Sabini, Gardiner, NY

Response Journals: Inviting Students to Think and Write about Literature, by Julie Wollman-Bonilla, is a book that influenced me to hear my students' voices in another way. In a journal, students will write things and ask questions that they would never dare to say or get the chance to express in a class discussion-even the great discussions which I felt I already had. With the techniques in this book you really get the feel of what each student is thinking. I copy a "Suggested Response Ideas" list from the book and have the students tape it inside the journal cover. After 3 or 4 chapters they don't even need to consult it. I love the depth it lends.

Phyllis Keenan Barrington, RI