Karen Tankersley


Karen Tankersley is a long-time teacher, administrator, reading specialist and expert in teaching reading. She is the author of the ASCD series, the Threads of Reading. She has helped schools and districts all over the U.S. improve student achievement in literacy. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two yorkies. She enjoys reading, travel and writing. She has recently written several non-fiction books on mammals and unique sea animals for students between 9-14. You can find these books as well as her Threads of Reading Books at your favorite book retailers.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I loved to write from the time I was in high school. I had an excellent teacher who encouraged me to write stories, poems and every other type of writing you can think of. She gave me good advice and helped me become a confident writer.
What is your writing process?
Since I write mostly nonfiction, I do a lot of research on the topic that I want to write about first. I then take the photos that I will use in my books so that I have a good selection to choose from. First, I write the narrative and then I illustrate it with the pictures that I feel best fit with the narrative.
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Where to find Karen Tankersley online

Where to buy in print


Coaching the Threads of Reading: Helping Teachers Build Reading Success
Coaching the Threads of Reading is the "how to" book for literacy coaches that explores specifically what skills and strategies literacy coaches should be helping teachers develop in the K-12 classroom. This book describes what effective reading looks like at all levels and provides important suggestions on how to help teachers become more competent and confident in their reading instruction.


Coaching the Threads of Reading: Helping Teachers Build Reading Success
Price: $14.99 USD. Words: 58,370. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Teaching methods & materials / language arts, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Teaching methods & materials / reading & phonics
Coaching the Threads of Reading is the "how to" book for instructional coaches on ELA instruction. The book describes effective reading from primary through high school and helps coaches build teacher skills and self-confidence in reading instruction. Teacher reflection surveys are included to help coaches plan where to focus their energy & support. This book is from the Threads of Reading series.
How to Help Your Child Become a Great Reader: Easy Literacy Games and Activities to Do at Home
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 30,520. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Parenting » Absentee parents, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Administration / elementary & secondary
In this book, reading expert, Karen Tankersley provides hundreds of practical ideas, easy to play games and activities to engage the whole family in literacy building. Learn how reading develops, how parents can make reading a household priority, and help their children become great readers. Contains suggestions for books for various age groups and information on ways to help struggling readers.

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