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Today was a full day at the Illinois Reading Council Conference. With our presentation behind us (it was yesterday, and went well), my husband and I were ready to fully engage in all the conference has to offer. And believe me, it has a lot to offer…
Today I learned that Powerless by Matthew Cody won the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award in the state of Illinois. What’s even more exciting is that he is going to be our visiting author in just a few weeks! I also found out the details about next year’s Caudill nominees.
Today I took a session off to stock up on books from Stenhouse, Heinemann, Lake-Cook Distributors, and the Anderson’s Bookshops booth in the exhibit hall. After Becky Anderson’s K-8 book talks of more than 100 books in an hour, I had a looooong wishlist.
Today I immersed myself in the idea of teaching with images in a session with Harvey Daniels. I deepened my understanding of some of his ideas I had previously only read about.
Today I laughed until I cried while listening to Jack Gantos tell stories from his childhood. I caught a glimpse of his journal and soaked in his ideas for getting students to fill their own journals. Journals that just might turn into books one day.
Today I celebrated words over lunch with Katie Wood Ray. I listened to stories and peeked at snippets of craft worth studying. I even saw a picture of Katie Wood Ray's fabulous house in the mountains.
Today my stack of books to be read grew exponentially after I snuck out of a session with Becky Anderson (owner of Anderson’s Bookshops, a local independent, family-owned bookstore) early to buy even more books from the Anderson’s Bookshops booth. Becky and her daughter introduced more than 35 young adult (high school) titles before I was compelled to sneak a moment to shop prior to the closing of the exhibits.
Today I caught a glimpse of the middle school language arts classrooms of Mindi Rench and Heather Corral through their description of their district’s implementation of the reading and writing workshop model. I left feeling good about the progress being made in my district even without having any district-driven workshop initiative.
Today was a full day.