Guided Reading.  I posted a question on Facebook this week thinking I’d be flooded with great GR resources.  To my surprise, many people didn’t have a favorite. What?! I started some research and {{ Wow, folks!}}  : slim pickings on GR goodies.  There are some great overall reading resources but nothing specific to GR.   That got me thinking about this post.

Starting this week, I will have a new series of “I asked, YOU answered” posts.  Super excited about putting together all of our favorites.  Today, I’m sharing some of our favorite Guided Reading resources.  Not general reading strategy resources but specific to Guided Reading.

Favorite Guided Reading Resources


The foundational resource:  Guided Reading: Good First Teaching for All Children     by Fontas and Pinnell

The queens of guided reading, probably the founders of the term “guided reading”.  This book was written by two professors who, with a ton of research to support their theories, wrote and coined the inside and outs of GUIDED READING.  If you are a new teacher, this is a must-have.  Hands down.

The Ultimate Guided Reading How-To Book: Building Literacy Through Small-Group Instruction by Gail Saunders-Smith

In this book, Ms. Saunders-Smith goes through foundations, techniques, and putting those together.  I would say that this is a shorter overview of the process and background.

Daily 5, The (Second Edition): Fostering Literacy in the Elementary Grades     by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser

This gives real-implement-now ways to make Guided Reading effective.  It goes through what the other kids are doing while you are meeting in small groups. EXATLY what you need to maintain a smooth running GR time.

The CAFE Book: Engaging All Students in Daily Literary Assessment and Instruction, also by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser

Practical, practical, practical language, tips, and keys to making this time super effective.

Literacy Work Stations: Making Centers Work by Debbie Diller

Another great resource for ideas on what the other kids are doing while you meet.  Includes management ideas.

When I posted on Facebook, one teacher shared her management folder of how she works through GR groups.  She got the idea from this book.  Take a look:

Adriana says:

“My fav thing is not exactly a resource but is. from Debbie Diller…..make a “flexible small groups folder” of sorts where you can track your students and see them all at once. The parts that show you where your kids are are awesome bc they help with different strategies to use with them to improve.”

Favorite Guided Reading Resources

A good friend and amazing teacher of mine recommends: Small-Group Reading Instruction: A Differentiated Teaching Model for Beginning and Struggling Readers by Beverly Tyner

And now for implementing these resources….

Reading A-Z , a website where you can download leveled books.  If your school doesn’t have this yet, ask to subscribe.  Ask anyone you know to contribute. Even check out Donors Choose to help you bring these awesome resources.

One of my favorites: Guided Reading Made Easy: A Complete Resource by Kristen Smith   Good stuff here!  I can’t say enough about the quality of Kristen’s resources.  Good, good stuff!

One teacher suggested Tara West’s Guided Reading Bundle.  I have not seen this so I don’t have first hand knowledge but it looks awesome!

Your turn!  Do you have a favorite GR resource?

Have a great weekend and happy planning y’all! ~April