AYA Must-Reads

For Reading Professionals
from Alpha Chapter board members


From Pat Wehr

I recommend anything by Kelly Gallagher. See his website, Building Deeper Readers and Writers, at www.kelly

“Kelly Gallagher is a program author in the new ‘Writing Coach’ series, a groundbreaking, interactive writing and grammar program for middle and high school. . . .” On his website you can read his “article of the week,” find his books and DVDs, and read more about this prolific and influential writer.


From Carol Watson

Howard Gardner. (2011). The Unschooled Mind: How Children Think and How Schools Should Teach (2nd ed.). Basic Books.

We usually think of Howard Gardner as “the Multiple Intelligences” guy in education. In The Unschooled Mind, Gardner asks us to consider how we come to deep understandings in learning. He proposes not surface “mastery” but how apprenticeship models and “Christopherian conflicts” in understanding change our thinking. (Christopherian conflicts are explained as the upheaval in thinking when Christopher Columbus did NOT sail off the edge of the world). Recommended reading to get your head out of the end-of-the year doldrums whether you are a student, scholar, or educator.


From Salli Forbes

These are two books I would recommend that every educator read:

Peter Johnston. (2004). Choice Words: How Our Language Affects Children’s Learning. Stenhouse.

James Zull. (2002). The Art of Changing the Brain. Stylus.

Both books are transformational.


From Kathy Krieg

Jennifer Serravallo. (2010). Teaching Reading in Small Groups: Differentiated Instruction for Building Strategic, Independent Readers. Heinemann.

Thomas Newkirk. (2009). Holding On to Good Ideas in a Time of Bad Ones: Six Literacy Principles Worth Fighting For. Heinemann.