Eighty-two pages into Penny Kittle’s Write Beside Them, I’m smitten. This book will join the ranks of my go-to books, alongside Daniels and Steineke’s Mini-Lessons for Literature Circles and Barry Gilmore’s Speaking Volumes.
Imagine my excitement when Penny Kittle herself agreed to enter our book club discussion. Wow. Having the author “write beside” us can only enrich our experience. In an e-mail to Kittle asking her to join our group, I noted that I often gauge the value of a text (especially a nonfiction one) by the amount of marking up I do. Sticky notes, margin scribbles, underlining, highlighting, asterisks and arrows decorate nearly every one of the eighty-two pages I read thus far as the picture shows.