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Meet Your New “Best Friends!” This kit by Lester L. Laminack guides you and your students as you venture deep inside books and engage in the rich discussion and literary analysis of an interactive read-aloud. Each grade-specific collection includes:
- 5 “Best Friend Books” selected by Lester L. Laminack (5 copies each).
- 5 full-color, multipanel teaching cards, developed with Reba M. Wadsworth, with detailed lesson plans and suggestions for “first visits” and “home visits”—helping students discover the magic of literary language.
- An online resource bank that features Lester modeling a read-aloud that highlights exquisite language and intriguing literary elements, and underscores the profound instructional value of literature in the classroom; also included: downloadable graphic organizers and resources for families.
- 128-page professional book, The Ultimate Read-Aloud Resource, by Lester L. Laminack.
About the Author
Lester L. Laminack is Professor Emeritus from department of Birth-Kindergarten, Elementary and Middle Grades Education, at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina where he received two awards for excellence in teaching. He is now a full-time writer and consultant working with schools throughout the United States. Lester is an active member of the National Council of Teachers of English and served as co-editor of Primary Voices and the children’s book review column of Language Arts. He also served as a teaching editor for the magazine Teaching K-8 and wrote the Parent Connection column. He is a former member of the Whole Language Umbrella Governing Board, the Governing Board and Secretary of the North Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children, and the Board of Directors for the Center for the Expansion of Language and Thinking. Lester served as the Basic Reading Consultant to Literacy Volunteers of America from 1987 through 2001 and as a member of the Board of Directors of Our Children’s Place [www.ourchildrensplace. com]. He is the current column editor for The Writing Department of the ILA journal, The Reading Teacher.