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Amy Stewart is a literacy coach who works and learns alongside K-3 teachers and students in a suburb of Chicago. An avid reader and writer herself, Amy spends her days working to inspire passionate children who use reading and writing to learn, lead, and create. Her classroom teaching experiences are in kindergarten and third grade.
In addition to providing professional development to teachers within her own school district, Amy presents at state and local reading conferences and is moving into literacy consulting work with school districts in her region and beyond. Her professional writing has been featured in theIllinois Reading Council Journal andThe Reading Teacher.
A product of the Midwest, Amy grew up in Ohio and Indiana, where she survived being the new kid at school in the fourth grade. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton and holds a master’s degree in literacy from Judson University in Elgin, Illinois. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in literacy, and would not recommend writing a book and a dissertation at the same time.
Amy lives in Chicago with her husband, Terry, with whom she loves to order pizza and travel the world.
Young learners are full of questions and wonderings, so much so that sometimes they need a guide for their curiosity. Author Amy Stewart brings her manageable approach to close reading in Little Readers, Big Thinkers: Teaching Close Reading in the Primary Grades. With Stewart guiding, you’ll be able to harness the big thinking we know is inside their inquisitive minds. She showcases ways that close reading can teach even the youngest students new ways to enjoy texts, think about them critically, and share that thinking with peers and adults.
With its description of the pillars of close reading, multiple lesson sequences for grades K-2, and real-life classroom scenarios, Little Readers, Big Thinkers offers a trove of insights:
What close reading is (and is not)
How to encourage students to “read like detectives”
Ways to weave close reading practices into your lessons
How to cultivate real reading, organic thinking, and deep conversation
Which books invite amazing learning and thinking experiences
By giving young minds a great foundation, close reading will become a stepping stone to a lifelong love of reading.
Mathematizing Children’s Literature
Sparking Connections, Joy, and Wonder Through Read-Alouds and Discussion