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Jane Baskwill

Jane Baskwill was born in Queens, New York, but has lived most of her adult life in rural Nova Scotia. There she has watched foxes steal pears from beneath the trees in her back yard, listened as red-tailed hawks argue over a recently caught meal, smelled the arrival of a family of skunks, and tasted the wild blackberries that grow in the fields and by the roadside.

Jane appreciates and respects the beauty of nature in all its forms and all its moments. She shares this with her husband and three children, and with others through her teaching, writing and poetry.

She has authored many professional books and articles for teachers in addition to a video tape series. Jane has also authored a book of poetry for children and several children's picture books.

Jane has been President of the Nova Scotia Reading Association and Nova Scotia's Provincial Coordinator for the International Reading Association. She has been a Featured Speaker and workshop leader at numerous educational conferences.

Jane is a six-time recipient of the Education Quality Award from the Nova Scotia Teachers Union and received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Educational Press Association of America for her series of articles in Teaching K-8 magazine.

She currently lives in Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Books as Bridges
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Format: Paperback

Books as Bridges

Using text to connect to home and school literacy and learning

This remarkable book explores the many advantages of using "touchstone" books to consider four key aspects of literacy predictable structures, nonfiction, comprehension, and imagination and language play. Each of these aspects is described in terms of a series of strategies, which are highlighted by their use with specific touchstone books, and supported by lists of related books to consider.

Based on convincing research that parents play a vital role in raising a reader, Books as Bridges offers an effective and efficient way to use texts, including children`s picture books, to help create a common reading experience for the class that can be extended to the home. Numerous reproducibles and send-home materials, as well as suggestions for supporting families for whom English is not the first language, complement this timely resource.

$24.95

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