Behind the Book


JoEllen McCarthy created the Behind the Book video series in collaboration with Stenhouse Publishers because she believes in the power of read-alouds. Throughout her teaching career she has often thought of those read-alouds as her co-teachers, but, as she will show in this series, it's the inspiring authors and illustrators of those books who are the real co-teachers.

In this episode of the new video series, Behind the Book, JoEllen McCarthy, author of Layers of Learning, talks to author Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow about her children's book, Your Name Is a Song. Watch to discover what inspired Jamilah to write this popular book and what she hopes students and teachers will learn from it.

In episode two of the new video series, Behind the Book, JoEllen McCarthy, author of Layers of Learning, talks to author, Charles R. Smith Jr. about his children's book, I Am America. Watch to discover what inspired Charles to write this popular book and what he hopes students and teachers will learn from it.

In this episode of Behind the Book, JoEllen McCarthy talks to author, Joshunda Sanders about her children's book, I Can Write the World. Watch to discover what inspired Joshunda to write this popular book and what she hopes students and teachers will learn from it.

About JoEllen McCarthy
JoEllen McCarthy is a lifelong learner and staff developer who spends her days facilitating collaborative coaching conversations that support a curriculum of children and emphasize literacy as a vehicle to care. As the Educator Collaborative’s Book Ambassador, JoEllen spreads her enthusiasm for the role literature plays in all aspects of education. Her new book, Layers of Learning: Using Read-Alouds to Connect Literacy and Caring Conversations is available now.
Layers of Learning

Using Read-Alouds to Connect Literacy and Caring Conversations

Layers of Learning explores read-aloud strategies designed to enhance your reading and writing standards by capitalizing on the way literature can impact caring communities. With over 200 picture-book suggestions, author JoEllen McCarthy introduces the Heartprint Framework, which demonstrates how you can layer literacy and life lessons throughout your day using multiple connections across learning. Preview Layers of Learning here.