I have purchased many books on "centers", and still was not successful with small group time. Most literacy center books provide cute reproducibles to produce fun ideas, but all the ideas in the world is not enough to make centers work. THIS book does! First of all, it provides practical, realistic ways to understand your expectations for literacy centers, and great ways to introduce them to the students. The supplies for these centers are not time consuming for the teacher to make, the work stations will be in line with the curriculum. Her strategies for preventing and managing center behaviors are great! She outlines some fantastic mini-lessons to both learn and enhance the literacy centers. Reproducibles are included to go along with some of the centers, as well. One important feature is that each work station has more than task in it to help keep the students interested. The centers are fun for the children, and they are reading and/or writing in them! I highly recommend this book to K-2 teachers, it has helped me very much in my 1st grade classroom!