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It's All About the Books: Designing Classroom Libraries to Support Student Choice and Instructional Goals

Presented By Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan

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Webinar Dates:

Three, 75-minute webinar sessions from 4:00pm–5:15pm Eastern Standard Time.

  • Monday, April 13, 2020
  • Monday, April 27, 2020
  • Monday, May 4, 2020

Please note that these webinars are recorded and made available to all participants within two business days of each live session.


In the life of a reader, the right book at the right time makes all the difference. So, how do we ensure that every teacher and student has access to the volume and quality of books they need? In their recent coauthored release, It's All About the Books: How to Create Bookrooms and Classroom Libraries That Inspire Readers, Tammy and Clare share how educators in a school can work together to make their book supply seem endless in the eyes of their readers.

In this webinar series, Tammy and Clare share practical strategies and tips to design classroom libraries, bookrooms, and book spaces that support students' reading identities, meet instructional goals, and foster a love of reading. Participants will have an opportunity to identify their beliefs pertaining to literacy and to think about how a classroom library can be designed to reflect these beliefs. During each 75-minute session, Tammy and Clare will share videos and photographs as they invite you into a variety of classroom libraries and bookrooms that model possibilities for promoting greater access to books. Throughout this online series, you also will explore how they use observation tools to support curriculum planning, collect formative assessment, and confer with students.

The following is a description of the learning objectives to be met within each session of this series:


  • Review research on how increased access to books promotes literacy development
  • Reflect on literacy beliefs
  • Observe how to design classroom libraries and book spaces that reflect our beliefs and support student agency
  • Think about opportunities to create a shared book space designed to refresh and rotate your classroom book inventory to meet the evolving needs of your students


  • Discuss how books support our instructional model and our curricular goals within the gradual release of responsibility
  • Learn to use booktalks, conferences, and observations of student book selection as a powerful source of formative assessment
  • Reflect on the role of texts as an instructional scaffold for students
  • Plan text choice to connect learning goals and conversations throughout the year


  • Discuss how to involve students in the curation and design of a classroom library
  • Plan to collaborate with school librarians to support students in developing a reading identity
  • Take a closer look at text complexity and access
  • Learn moves to broaden how students think about text selection and to help them find books they love within and beyond the classroom walls


Tammy Mulligan and Clare Landrigan are staff developers who are still teachers at heart. They began their journey together 24 years ago co-teaching in Medford, MA. This was the home of their first classroom library, and where they fell in love with bringing children and books together. You can find them on Twitter as @ClareandTammy and online at, where they blog about books and the art of teaching.

Who should participate?

Classroom teachers of grades K-6, literacy leaders, reading and language arts specialists, curriculum coordinators, and administrators.


The cost of this Webinar Series is $169.00 per person. If you register a group of three to nine people at the same time there is a discounted rate of $159.00 per person. When signing up ten or more participants at one time, please call in advance for large group discount pricing. Tuition also includes access to the recorded webinar sessions for up to 90 days after the conclusion of the webinar series.


It is highly recommended that participants have a copy of It's All About the Books: How to Create Bookrooms and Classroom Libraries That Inspire Readers. If you do not own a copy you may purchase one online here: It's All About the Books: How to Create Bookrooms and Classroom Libraries That Inspire Readers.

Tammy and Clare want their book to impact the lives of teachers and students directly, so they are donating all author royalties it generates to the Book Love Foundation.


Participants will receive a series of email correspondence from Heinemann. The first email confirmation will serve as your receipt for the webinar series along with some general instructions on how to prepare your computer for the webinar. The second email confirmation will be sent approximately 2 days prior to each webinar date with a link to our webinar platform Zoom, directing you to the webinar class and giving you instructions on how to log in.

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Note: We encourage group participation, however, we require that each person be registered. For group pricing information please call 800-541-2086, ext. 1100.

Upcoming Dates & Locations

04/13/2020-05/04/2020 - Starts April 13, 2020- 4:00-5:15pm EST

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Availability: Available When: 04/13/2020 - 05/04/2020* Where: Online

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