Happy news friends and colleagues!

The new Traits of Writing:  The Complete Guide for Middle School has won the 2011 Teacher’s Choice award.
This award is rarely awarded to a professional book. When the grades 3-5 trait crates received it in 2008, I was thrilled.   Now to be recognized for this book makes it all the more special.
It was a labor of love, that’s for sure.  This book took years to write and many tears were shed in the editing process, but I guess pays to have the world’s best editor, Ray Coutu, at your side coaching, cajoling, and cheering me on.  So happy it’s doing well out there in the world.  It’s very scary to let go of a project you’ve been working on day and night for so long.  You hope that others like it…pray that middle school teachers find it useful.  With this happy news, I am now going to celebrate.
In case you have a copy of the book, or if you decide to get one, lift the cover and listen closely.  You might hear the music from Mama Mia…it was the soundtrack I listened to over and over and over as I was writing.  Every project I do has a soundtrack.  Want to guess what it might be for the new writing program?

About Ruth Culham

RUTH CULHAM has written more than 40 books and best-selling resources illuminating both writing and the reading-writing connection for countless educators around the globe. Her groundbreaking work with the writing traits and writing from reading is the culmination of 40 years of research, practice, and passion. Ruth’s most recent books, The Writing Thief: Using Mentor Texts to Teach the Craft of Writing and Dream Wakers: Mentor Texts That Celebrate Latino Culture, are available from Stenhouse Publishers. She also conducts professional development for schools and districts and writes a regular column for The Reading Teacher.
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2 Responses to Happy news friends and colleagues!

  1. Beth Ford says:

    Congratulations on this award Ruth! It is a wonderful book and I’m so glad it has caught the attention and imagination of its intended audience: teachers in middle school classrooms across the country.

  2. Debbie Stewart says:

    Congrats! I am so happy for you !
    But, you have ALWAYS been my
    “Teacher’s Choice”! 🙂

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