#011: Instilling a Love of Reading in Kids and Families with Michelle Dunham

books reading teaching Jun 11, 2020
My guest today is Michelle Dunham from Ruby Reads. She's a mom of 3, a book aficionado, an educator and the creator of Ruby Reads where she supports families and kids by instilling a love for books and reading.

As you know, I'm a book lover and passionate about literacy and teaching students to love books and reading. I first found Michelle and Ruby Reads on Instagram @rubyreadsbooks. If you don't follow her account, do it now! You won't regret it!

We talk about how to simply create a culture of readers and book lovers in your classroom by what you read, how you pair books and the conversations you start with your students. The steps are truly simple. Like anything new, it's not always easy at first, but the more you prep and practice the easier it becomes. It all starts with a love of books, a few paired books and the heart of a teacher. 

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Here's a peek at what's inside this episode:

  • Who is Ruby and the history of that cute little red bird.
  • What Ruby Reads is all about.
  • How to engage students in read alouds.
  • How to choose books for kids.
  • How to pair books and use that to teach early literary analysis without a worksheet in sight.
  • Why you need to be creating a culture of readers in your classroom and how doing that is easier than you think.
  • How Ruby Reads can support families in their reading journey.

Click here to listen. If you need a little extra help getting a game plan ready, I have a free checklist for you in the links below and a links to books below to get you started. In addition, there's a link to Ruby Reads so you can check out their fabulous posters and book boxes.

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Links from this episode:

Website: RubyReadsBooks.com  Use the Discount Code JOYFUL20 to get 20% Ruby Reads posters and book boxes from now through June 25th!

Instagram: @rubyreadsbooks

You can grab the following free resources:

*Just a few great books about libraries:
Books with different or multiple points-of-view [and sometimes multiple story arcs]:

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 *Books listed are linked with affiliate links. I may receive a small fee at no cost to you if you purchase with one of my links. Your trust is important to me. I NEVER recommend anything I don't fully believe in. 


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