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Stories from the Teaching Life with Penny Kittle brings insightful, inspiring essays about teaching and life that she has written and collected in her years as an educator. The stories are about writing, reading, learning, books, professional development, students, courage, and love. They're about teaching. They will move you and inspire you, and they will remind you of the beauty of living the teaching life.Penny Kittle is an English teacher, literacy coach, and director of new teacher mentoring at Kennett High School in North Conway, New Hampshire and has served as the National Council of Teachers of English Policy Analyst for the State of New Hampshire. In 2009, she received the James N. Britton award from NCTE for Write Beside Them. And, in 2015, she was recognized with the Exemplary Leader Award from the Conference on English Leadership. Penny is the author of Book Love, Developing Depth, Stamina, and Passion in Adolescent Readers; Write Beside Them, Risk, Voice, and Clarity in High School Writing; Inside Writing, How to Teach the Details of Craft and My Quick Writes (co-authored with her mentor and friend, Donald H. Graves); The Greatest Catch, a Life in Teaching; and Public Teaching, One Kid at a Time. She recently co-edited (with Tom Newkirk) a collection of Don Graves’ work called Children Want to Write, Don Graves and the Revolution in Children's Writing.She and her husband Pat are founders of the Book Love Foundation, a non-profit foundation with one goal: to put books in the hands of teenagers.To date, it has funded 13 classroom libraries and provided small grants to 10 other teachers. Its vision is to change the story of reading. We have to.Every child. Every year. Every classroom.