I’m joining in the book reading fun! As I get more into blogging and reading other librarian blogs I want to try new things–risk is good!
Ms. O. posted last week about what she has been reading. I thought I’d give it a try, although I don’t read nearly nearly enough books in a week! I’ve been spending all my time on other projects this week.
One step at a time…
If you want to join in the fun then skip on over to Teach Mentor Texts where you can visit with other readers of Children’s and YA lit and hear about everything from the popular to the praised to the downright duds.
This week I’ve been pushing through more of the Virginia Readers’ Choice Nominees for the Elementary level.
The Trouble with Chickens by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Kevin Cornell is a great choice for the VRC awards this year. Students will enjoy the main character, retired search-and-rescue dog J. J. Tully. J. J. is hired for the price of a cheeseburger to search for a pair of missing chicken chicks. I like the simplicity of the text structure paired with strong vocabulary. Language is not sacrificed by Cronin for an easy-to-read book.
The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester by Barbara O’Connor chronicles Owen Jester’s summer adventures with his two buddies and horrible neighbor and enemy Viola. Owen is dealing with moving in with his unwell grandfather after losing his house in the poor economy. He has two adventures-the first in his story of capturing the largest bullfrog in the pond and the second when a mysterious box falls off the train. I love the themes in this story about friendship, creativity and perseverance.
Only three more VRC books to read before I had back with the kids!
As my required professional read this summer I’ve been gaining ground on Advancing Differentiation. I was practical in June and read the first chapter thinking I would do a chapter a week. Instead I read a chapter then and the other 90% of the book this week. At least it’s done now and I’ve got some great ideas for adding more differentiation to my instruction. I like this book because it has a good mix of practical “Monday Morning” ideas that can be implemented next day. And since I’ve been spending so much time lately on my curriculum map, this book also had strategies for doing just that.
I enjoy reading books for the age I teach, but even more so, I enjoy reading YA books. I’ve had Nancy Werlin’s Extraordinary sitting on my shelf for months. I’m determined to get to it this coming week! I loved Impossible and I think I’ve put off reading Extraordinary because of the anticipation and then sadness when it’s over.