10 Books for Literacy Leaders

Reading With Meaning

By: Debbie S. Miller


In the second edition of Reading with Meaning, Debbie Miller shares her new thinking about comprehension strategy instruction, the gradual release of responsibility instructional model, and planning for student engagement and independence. She does a great job of describing exactly how her classroom works as well as having a great progression through the year that builds on each other.


The Reading Strategies Book

By: Jennifer Serravallo


Jen collects 300 strategies in support of thirteen reading goals with each strategy cross-linked to skills, genres, and reading levels. Ideal for use with reading workshop, Daily 5/CAFE, guided reading, balanced reading, a core reading program,  or any other approach. This is a great go-to book for lessons on specific skills that you are wanting to teach. I enjoy the simplicity of it and the layout makes sense.


The Writing Strategies Book

By: Jennifer Serravallo


Whether you use Writing Workshop, 6+1 Traits, Daily 5’s “Work on Writing,” a scripted writing program, the writing exercises in your basal, or any other approach, you’ll discover a treasure chest of ways to work with whole classes, small groups, or individual writers.


The Daily Five

By: Gail Boushey & Joan Moser


The Daily 5™ is a framework for structuring literacy time so students develop lifelong habits of reading, writing, and working independently. Students select from five authentic reading and writing choices, working independently toward personalized goals, while the teacher meets individual needs through whole-group and small-group instruction, as well as one-on-one conferring. These choices include: Read to Self, Work on Writing, Read to Someone, Listen to Reading, and Word Work.


The First Six Weeks Of School

By: Center For Responsive Schools


Watch children’s learning blossom all year long when you lay the groundwork with the help of this classic, comprehensive guidebook for K–6 teachers. Day by day and week by week, The First Six Weeks of School shows you how to set students up for a year of engaged and productive learning by: Using positive teacher language to establish high academic and behavioral expectations, Getting students excited about schoolwork by offering engaging academics, and Teaching the classroom and academic routines that enable a collaborative learning community to thrive. This is an important one for literacy leaders to be able to establish a community of learners in a classroom and school.



By: Chip Wood


This is a great book for understanding the development of children. We need to understand how they develop in order to help them learn the best way that we can. Written with warmth and humor, Yardsticks offers clear descriptions of children’s development. This comprehensive, user-friendly reference helps teachers and administrators use knowledge of child development to shape classrooms and schools where all children can succeed.


The Book Whisperer

By: Donalyn Miller


“Donalyn Miller says she has yet to meet a child she couldn’t turn into a reader. No matter how far behind Miller’s students might be when they reach her 6th grade classroom, they end up reading an average of 40 to 50 books a year. Miller’s unconventional approach dispenses with drills and worksheets that make reading a chore. Instead, she helps students navigate the world of literature and gives them time to read books they pick out themselves. Her love of books and teaching is both infectious and inspiring. The book includes a dynamite list of recommended “kid lit” that helps parents and teachers find the books that students really like to read.”


Reading In The Wild

By: Donalyn Miller


“A companion to the bestselling The Book Whisperer, Reading in the Wild explores whether or not we are truly instilling lifelong reading habits in our students and provides practical strategies for teaching “wild” reading. Based on survey responses from over 900 adult readers and classroom feedback, Reading in the Wild offers solid advice and strategies on how to develop, encourage and assess key lifelong reading habits, including dedicating time for reading, planning for future reading, and defining oneself as a reader.
Word Matters

By:  Gay Su Pinnell & Irene C. Fountas


Word Matters presents essential information on designing and implementing a high-quality, systematic literacy program to help children learn about letters, sounds, and words. The central goal is to teach children to become “word solvers”: readers who can take words apart while reading for meaning, and writers who can construct words while writing to communicate.


The Art of Teaching Writing

By: Lucy Calkins


When Lucy Calkins wrote the first edition of The Art of Teaching Writing, the writing workshop was a fledgling idea, piloted by a few brave innovators. Now, as she brings us this new edition, the writing workshop is at the foundation of language arts education throughout the English-speaking world. This new edition, then, could easily have been a restatement, in grander, more confident tones, of the original classic.



One thought on “10 Books for Literacy Leaders

  1. Wow Heather, you had some AWESOME resources on your blog! Thanks so much for sharing these! I am super excited to look further into the Yardsticks for teaching book. As a first grade teacher, and at every grade level really, it is so important to understand the growth and development of my students. As a teacher, it is my job to make sure that my activities and lessons are developmentally appropriate for my students’ ages but also appropriate for each individual student as well. This is what makes teaching so challenging and fun is that all students are at different developmental levels! Thanks for the great post!


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