Welcome to Read – Write – Connect, Inc.

the Internet home of Leah Mermelstein.

Best Writing consultant 002 copyLeah is an internationally recognized literacy consultant who specializes in K-5 Reading and Writing Workshop. She is the President and CEO of Read-Write-Connect, INC. She is also the author of Reading/​​Writing Connections in the K-2 Classroom, (Allyn & Bacon), Don’t Forget to Share (Heinemann) and the co-author of Launching the Writing Workshop (with Lucy Calkins) (Heinemann).

Selected Works


Quality Writing Instruction
This brand new DVD will assist teachers with high quality writing instruction.


Don’t Forget to Share: The Crucial Last Step in the Writing Workshop
This brand new book will show you how to make your share sessions more instructional.


Reading/Writing Connections in the K-2 Classroom: Find the Clarity and Then Blur the Lines
This book demonstrates how through careful, explicit assessing, planning, and teaching every student can understand and use the reading/writing connection to become stronger readers and writers at the same time.

Units of Study for Primary Writing: A Yearlong Curriculum: Launching the Writing Workshop
This book shows teachers how to launch a joyful and rigorous Writing Workshop in their classrooms.


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Leah Mermelstein
536 Grand Street, Ste. 501,
Hoboken, NJ 07030
(917) 503-1947


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It’s the end of the school year and Ariana is 6 months old: What I have learned from both parenting and teaching

                          I plan on taking a break from blogging this summer to enjoy my sweet little girl! I hope all of you have a wonderful summer filled with rest, relaxation and/or fun! I will however let you know when my book comes out…

Teaching Persistence: What I Learned from Watching Ariana

            I am thrilled  to share the cover of my upcoming book!  9780325048000-1 This book, which is due to come out this August,  looks at how to create self-directed learners in the Writing Workshop:   As the publication date  gets closer, I’ll send along more information. For now, I want to…

Taking Risks Pays Off in Both Parenting and Teaching

                          I am sharing the two pictures above because both show big risks I have recently taken  in my parenting. Both times, taking this risk, although nerve wracking,  brought my parenting to a new level. The first picture is of Ariana sleeping without…

You Can’t Force Learning: But You Can Watch and Listen Carefully and Learning Will Unfold

Greetings! Ariana has learned how to sleep in her crib for 12 straight hours!!!!  She is so very proud of herself and I am enjoying the sleep!!! I want to share the story of how it happened because it  pertains to both parenting and teaching. For the last four weeks, I have been putting Ariana…

Get Excited About The Small Stuff

                    I’m always imagining all the ‘big stuff’ of Ariana’s life. I can’t wait for her to start talking, walking, singing, –I was so excited for her first smile!  As you can see,  it is quite beautiful. But because I am so  excited for the big…

Three Things to Say To Children Everyday

                        My friends and colleagues at Parenting Smarts, Ellen Dillon and Norman Stiles,  Parenting Smarts Productions recently posted a wonderful article by Mojo Lisa A. McCrohan that was about the three things you should say to your child or children  every day.  Things to Say…

Read Aloud is Magical at Any Age

                    Just a quick post today!  Since being home with Ariana, I have been reminded of the importance of both Read Aloud and oral language. Throughout the day, two of Ariana’s favorite activities are reading books and listening to me talk. I often read books to…

Teaching and Parenting Through the Eyes of a Child

                                            Marie Clay, one of my reading heroes, once said that in order to teach effectively you have to look at and reflect upon every teaching/learning encounter  not through your own eyes, but through…

My Baby Nurse Likes Onsies but Doesn’t like Pants: Keeping the Big Picture in Mind

  On Friday, December 28th I came home from the hospital with my sweet girl Ariana. I had a huge entourage with me:  My brother, Josh, my sister in law,Anne,  my friend, Ellen, Pat, the baby nurse, and my three nieces and nephews, Celia, Vince and Mark.               Everyone…

Listening is Key!

                      Yes, there is my dear Ariana on her tummy!!!!! I must point out that in both picture  she is wearing very cute outfits…so far takes after her mother…loves to dress up . )   I know, I know that she needs to sleep on…