Teacher Summer Reading: Learn Like Pirate

(First published at the Tarrant Center for Innovative Education blog)

Something about this book title and summer reading fits perfectly. The open ocean, pirates, and fierce independence. I’m hoping you have a bit of time to settle into some reading for fun and some that inspires you in the classroom to have students take on more leadership and develop their own independence.

You know when you pick up a book and it just clicks? Learn Like a Pirate, by Paul Solarz is just that kind of book. As a teacher I have been trying to develop ways for students to take more leadership and ownership in the classroom (and beyond). Paul Solarz takes this to a new level– and I wish I had this book years ago. It is, in short, a guidebook for how to give your students voice, choice, leadership and independence in the classroom. The book gives very doable ways for students to take the lead in their own educations– to create classroom environments can foster community, life-long, engaged learning.

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The Order of the Trees is a Green Earth Book Award Honor Book!

2016-green-earth-book-award-honor-winners-for-web-768x403We are pleased to announce that The Order of the Trees won the Green Earth Book Award honor prize for Children’s Fiction 2015! The Nature Generation awards books that promote environmental stewardship among young people.  The Green Earth Book awards are awarded in picture book, children’s fiction and non-fiction, young adult fiction and non-fiction categories.

I’m honored to be included on this list. We’ll be heading to Washington D.C. in October for the Read Green Festival and award ceremony and we will be thrilled to meet other authors,  environmentalists and readers!

2016 Green Earth Book Awards Shortlist!

green earth book award 2016I’m super excited that The Order of the Trees is on the Nature Generation’s Green Earth Book Awards shortlist!  I’m thrilled to see Vermont based publisher Green Writers Press on this list with the major New York publishers. It is an honor to be included in this collection which features books that have a strong environmental stewardship message.

The winner and honor books will be announced on Earth Day, April 22nd 2016. Stay tuned!