Need to Read

At a local one-day workshop recently I realized something distressing. I don’t read enough. Yikes. Not good for a librarian trying to connect with readers.

I love to read YA books. I like to read fluffy romances. And picture books are easy to catch up with. That has pretty much been my diet of reading for the past few years. I do read a LOT but I don’t read the books that are on my shelf for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders often enough. I know a lot about the books. I pretend a lot (I know, I know! The shame I feel!).

When I realized this I set out to make it right. I went to Barnes & Noble and started to shop.

I picked out books I’ve been meaning to read, a few I was interested in because of students asking for more fantasy, some recommendations, etc.  A few books in this list are from the conference. The rest I picked up at Book Fair.
Worth every penny! When the Book Fair rolled around the next week, I added more to my selection. I’ve loved most of what I’ve read and even appreciated what isn’t my usual tastes. I can’t wait to put together some purchase orders!

I know that there are jokes about librarians just reading books in the back room with a box of chocolates. We know there is not time in our school day to read unless it is to students. Most librarians read a lot, but we can get trapped by genre and personal interests just as much as our students do. I needed to branch out. I can make better personal recommendations to students if I read more.

So far I’ve read…

  • The Penderwicks at Point Mouette which is the third by Jeanne Birdsall. It does stand up to the first two beautifully.
  • …most of Lauren Myracle’s Love Ya Bunches. I think my girls will love it. I had to stop after a few chapters because it’s just not my personal type of book, but I’m going to finish it because this is the whole point of buying the book!
  • A Long Walk to Water. I love love love love this book by Linda Sue Park and it’s based on a true story! Oh-my-fabulous! But, not for my elementary library. There is a murder and a scene where….I can’t tell you. Fabulous. I think middle school could do it. It is short and would be a great book club book. I’ve already loaned it out twice.
  • Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George. So FUN! I am definitely adding this to our collection. I think it’s great for readers who aren’t ready for Harry Potter, Charlie Bone, etc. It’s a bit more for 2nd-4th grade readers and less for those edging toward middle school. I’m going to look into her other books about dragons.
  • Captain Nobody by Dean Pritchford has been circulating all year and I have yet to put it aside for me to read. Until now. It would be a great read aloud for a class. 

Up next is Wonder by R. J. Palacio.   It is upstairs on my bedside table ready and waiting!

April 26, 2012
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