I noticed that James Preller (author of Along Came Spider, Jigsaw Jones, Six Innings) found the title of my blog very curious. I’m sure he’s not the only one. Here’s how I explained it when I first started blogging:
Why the title of the blog?? You know that big stack of books you keep next to your bed, in the family room, in your classroom, scattered throughout the house? That next book you can hardly wait to read? Well I am one of the queens of having a stack that I can hardly wait to read. Then the school year starts, my children’s schedules become fuller and it is hard to spend as much time reading as I would like. The stack keeps growing until I decide I am being selfish and that the students will be able to read them and tell us about them much more quickly than I.
When I look at my lists, it probably seems pretty random to someone else, but for me the books tend to fall into four categories: children’s and young adult books, professional development books that focus on education and specifically any area of reading, writing, literacy, or language arts, and adult reads for the book club I belong to.
I’m sure the next best book is in that stack!