The July Scoop
Trivia Tidbits

  • July may be the seventh month, but it is a month of firsts.
  • Delaware was the first state to declare independence in July of 1776.
  • Bikinis made their fashion debut in July of 1948.
  • Neil Armstrong was the first person to walk on the moon in July of 1969.
  • Many summer celebrations take place in July, from Independence Day to Ice Cream Day to National Hammock Day.
Book Bag
This month’s free book is a student favorite and a great resource for small-group reading. Uncle Al is a humorous story that tells what happens when a boy and his father go on an overnight fishing trip with Uncle Al, a character who doesn’t always think before he acts but who always makes them laugh. Teaching panels for every page are your “guide on the side,” showing exactly how to use the book to teach essential skills, including phonemic awareness, phonics and decoding, vocabulary, comprehension strategies, high-frequency words, sound and spelling patterns, and, of course, social-emotional learning.
Poetry Power
This month’s free poem, Truggle Tree Monsters,” is a lively and engaging poem full of rhythmical, rhyming text that creates a joyful shared reading experience and builds a love of language and reading. Like all the poems in JillE Literacy, it presents a valuable opportunity to build language and literacy skills in just a few minutes each day.
Pocket PD

Brushing up on your reading PD over the summer? Check out Jill Eggleton’s video series! In only a few minutes, you’ll get bite-size tips and best practices for Shared Reading, Poetry, and Reading Aloud. Check back soon for Jill’s tips and tricks for small-group reading, just in time for back to school!
Share your stories! What worked this year to get students engaged with reading? Send us your best tips, photos, and anecdotes, and your story could be featured in an upcoming article all about student engagement. One lucky teacher will win a virtual classroom visit from Jill herself! Email your stories to
New and Noteworthy

We’ve been hard at work this summer getting the JillE Literacy Website spruced up and ready for back to school. Stay tuned for our interactive classroom graphic and a wealth of new information about JillE Literacy for whole-class, small-group, and independent learning!
JillE Literacy has gone digital! All of the JillE Literacy materials you know and love are now also available on the HMH digital platform, Ed, Your Friend in Learning. Whole-class books and poems, small-group books and lessons, the comprehensive Teacher’s Handbook—Ed has it all!
Gratis Gifts
All of these resources are available for download on our Free Stuff page.

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JillE Literacy is a unique collection of K-3 resources created to empower teachers with engaging texts and science-based literacy instruction that together make learning to read easy, effective, and fun. JillE Literacy supports teachers with built-in tools and strategies that show how to teach essential literacy skills in the context of vibrant, engaging, humorous texts that children actually want to read. With guidance from educator, author, and international literacy consultant Jill Eggleton built into every page, it’s like having a master teacher and literacy coach beside you every step of the way.
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