10 Days and 10 Professional Books #sol19


In honor of Day 10, I thought that I’d post about 10 of my favorite professional books.  These are books that I refer to on a regular basis and have a special place on my physical and virtual bookshelves.  However, since I did have trouble narrowing this list down to 10, I should have saved this for a post later in the month when I could have included more titles:)

  1. Words Their Way: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction by Donald Bear, Marcia Invernizzi, Shane Templeton, and Francine Johnston
  2. Preventing Misguided Reading by Jan Burkins and Melody Croft.
  3. Early Intervention for Reading Difficulties: The Interactive Strategies Approach by Donna Scanlon, Kimberly Anderson, and Joan Sweeney
  4. Patterns of Power: Inviting Young Writers Into the Conventions of Language, Grades 1-5 by Jeff Anderson and Whitney LaRocca
  5. Ink and Ideas: Sketchnotes for Engagement, Comprehension, and Thinking by Tanny McGregor
  6. Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Problems by Darrell Morris
  7. Enticing Hard-to-Reach Writers by Ruth Ayres
  8. 59 Reasons to Write: Mini-Lessons, Prompts, and Inspiration for Teachers by Kate Messner
  9. Heart Maps by Georgia Heard
  10. Bringing Words to Life by Isabel Beck,  Margaret McKeown, and Linda Kucan


This list filled up quickly and there were so many books that aren’t included here, but that I rely on regularly.  What would you include on a list of 10 beloved professional books?

20 thoughts on “10 Days and 10 Professional Books #sol19

  1. hollymueller

    I always have a GIANT pile of professional teaching books I want to read. It never seems to dwindle. Ha. Some of your titles are new to me. However, one of yours is in my pile as well: Ink & Ideas (I got to see Tanny at our Gifted Resource Fair that we put on in Cinci each year, and she led a session for parents and kids – she’s awesome and so, so kind). I love anything by Kate Messner, too!

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  2. Ramona

    I own Ruth Ayres’ Enticing Hard to Reach Writers and almost everything Georgia Heard has written. I almost bought Ink and Ideas at NCTE, but I’m retired (and trying to avoid buying prof. books). However I still find myself wondering about this book.

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  3. greenelit

    I don’t have 2, 3, or 6….so off to Amazon I go. Agree totally with the rest, great list. I’m impressed you could narrow it down to 10. That would be my own personal Sophie’s Choice.

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  4. Wondering and Wandering

    Words Their Way and Heart Maps are the only two I am familiar with, Jennifer. So I’m adding 8 of your titles to my TBR list. I’d add Joy Write (Fletcher), Poems are Teachers (Ludwig VanDerwater), Renew! Become a Better—and More Authentic—Writing Teacher (Coppola), The Teacher You Want to Be (Glover, Keene, et al), Kids First From Day One (Hertz/Mraz), and I could go on and on!

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