The Missouri Reader Vol. 42, Issue 1 | Page 3

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Book Reviews, E-book Reviews,Software Reviews, and Useful Links by Various Contributers



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Jennifer Serravallo Interview

Jennifer talks about how to effectively use her newest book, Understanding Texts and Readers: Responsive Comprehension Instruction with Leveled Texts

Eric Litwin Answers Questions from His Young FansChildren at Bowles Elementary School ask Eric Litwin about his books.

Hand-Me-Down Tales from Around the World: A Second Grade Literature Unit

Haleigh Brown

Culturally diverse books can provide the opportunity to connect social studies the literature and allow ALL students to feel accepted.

My Venture into Graphic Novels

Eli Helms

Take a look at how graphic novels inspired this teacher’s students to ‘devour’ books!

Taking a Chance On My Classroom Library: Putting the Students in Charge

Stephanie Willoughby

Give up some control and let the students help make the decisions on the classroom library and get some pleasant surprises!

Building Quality Relationships in Your Classroom

Kellie Bell

Create endless possibilities for success by helping students to feel loved, accepted, and protected.

Using Picture Books in Upper Elementary Classrooms to Elicit Student Engagement and Comprehension

Alicia Hill

See how incorporating short, engaging picture books into lessons lets students practice important strategies and skills

How to Make Picture Books Fly Off Your Shelves

Theresa Bates

Find out how any student can turn into a child who wants to read if only they are given books that speak to them

When Kids Can’t Read: Finding Just the Right Book

Natalya Istomin

Although there is really no formula for finding just the right book, find the key to the right book opens the door to reading for every child.


Multiculturalism with Picture Book Portrayals

of Traditional Chinese Literature

Rebecca Giles,Paige Vituli, and Susan Martin

This article provides a list of picture books, fables, folktales, and fairy tales that can promote children’s cross-cultural understanding of the Chinese language, history, beliefs, and customs. The books featured are the results of a joint research project between American and Chinese


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Classroom CloseUP

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Author Interview