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  • Why “The Book Dealer”?

    When working together to share their passion of reading, Dr. Susan James, a then reading specialist, met Dr. Kathleen Heubach, a university researcher. Their work in the area of literacy led to Dr. James being dubbed “The Book Dealer” by one of her struggling high school students, a dealer himself  (unfortunately of illegal substances).


    While at first a bit taken aback by the possible negative connotation of this name, Dr. James now knows the importance of “dealing”books.  All it takes is one person who can inspire a love for literacy for students, administrators, content teachers, and community members.  A passion for literacy, a great set of books of various levels and genres, dime store notebooks, and a STRONG connection with students makes for the best of Book Dealers!


    Purpose of The Book Dealer

    A Book Dealer is anyone (teacher, media specialist, parent, administrator, etc. ) who instills a passion of reading by “hooking” students on books.  The ultimate goal of any book dealer is to improve literacy achievement, while enriching the lives of students.  The purpose of this blog is to provide an interactive site for teachers and other book dealers to explore the important issues related to book dealing.  There will be opportunities to:



        • The big issues related to dealing books
        • Instructional ideas for dynamic discussions and engaging responses to literature



        • Stories of what happens in the academic and personal lives of students when they encounter a true book dealer
        • Examples of “hooking up” individual students with books that are the perfect “fix” for each one of them



        • The most current and exciting titles for children and young adults
        • Instructional ideas to try in your classroom



  • Dr. Susan James

    Susan Densmore-James knew from the time she was 8 that she wanted to be a teacher. Following in her grandmother Iris Cleo’s footsteps, although her “first” classroom consisted of a mouse, turtle, and a chalkboard, she began her first official teaching job directly after college.