On Solid Ground (Taberski) - This book covers so much about a K - 3 Reading Workshop: creating your classroom environment schedules, reading conferences, running records, read aloud and shared reading, guided reading...the list goes on and on. If you're a K - 3 teacher, this is a great place to start!
The Daily 5 (Boushey & Moser) This is a great book (especially K-2) for setting up the independent part of your Reading Workshop. In here you will find the research behind independent reading, plus mini-lessons to teach your class to work independently so you can run guided reading groups. Excellent read.
In the Middle (Atwell) - This book will also do Reader's Workshop, but for the middle grades, with a middle school schedule. Atwell was probably the first person I started reading when I began to learn about the workshop model...definitely one of my favorite authors!
Yellow Brick Roads (Allen) - Another author to cover the reading workshop for middle grades - she covers topics about how to set up your reading enviornment, read - aloud for the upper grades (yes, they still like it!), shared and guided reading, writing about reading....and more. Great resource to have on your shelf.
The Book Whisperer (Miller) - Readers become better readers by reading....this author says that students should read 40 books in a school year. Super easy read and great information for getting your students to read massive amounts of text.
Readicide (Gallagher) - The author lets us know all the things we are doing to undermine good reading instruction. He offers suggestions for improving reading instruction and providing more opportunities for students to read more - especially nonfiction text. Article of the Week was something we implemented because of this book. Another great tool is a list of 100 high interest books for middle an upper grade students in one of the appendices. This book is probably more suitable for middle and upper grades, but a great read for anyone who is interested.
Read Aloud Anthology (Allen and Daley) - This is a great collection of stories to use with kids. They come from all different genres, all super-high interest, and great to use as shared text to model strategies and thinking with.
The Writing Workshop: The Essential Guide (Fletcher and Portalupi) - Best book for writing workshop - super quick read and it goes over all the management aspects of the workshop. It gives tons of ideas for picture books that can be used to model with as you teach in the workshop model. If there's one book you need to read about writing workshop, it should be this one!
Notebook Know How: Strategies for the Writer's Notebook (Buckner) - This book is great for lessons to do with the writer's notebook inside a writer's workshop. Gives lots of strategies for getting kids to come up with their own ideas - writing from a list, lifting a line... This is a great resource for a teacher in the writing workshop!
A Writer's Notebook (Fletcher) - This book is written for kids, but it's great for adults, too! If you could get a class set to read with your students, that would be highly recommended. Fletcher talks about how real writer's work - carrying around their notebook for ideas and how to work with them when you get them.
Reviser's Toolbox (Lane) - love, Love, LOVE this one. Revision really is the part of the writing process where students learn the most about writing, and unfortunately, many teachers really struggle with teaching in the revision part of the process. This book gives so many great tips about revision. My favorite is what he calls "zoom" which is basically how most teachers teach the show don't tell lesson. With his ideas, students really learn what revision means and put lots of "tools" in their toolbox about writing and revision.
Craft Lessons (Fletcher and Portalupi) - Stuck for ideas for your mini-lessons in the writer's workshop? You can consult this book for tons of them, from coming up with better titles, to adding dialog, to developing the setting of stories. Also, there is another whole book of craft lessons for Nonfiction writing. If you haven't noticed, Fletcher is one of my most favorite authors for teaching writing!
Words Their Way (Bear and Invernizzi) - This book outlines a constructivist approach to teaching children how to spell. Students are given a set of words and they have to sort them based on how they look and sound. As they go through the process, they construct spelling rules and make learning more permanent. This book goes over the theory and basic management of it, but then there are five other books that you can buy in addition that have the word sorts already done for you.
Building Academic Vocabulary (Marzano) - This book is great for games and ideas for teaching content area vocabulary.