It’s a holiday-day for most school kiddos and their educators. A day for reading! So on today’s “It’s Monday! What are you Reading?” we say “Thank You!!” to those that host the IMWAYR memes. It started with Sheila at Book Journeys and now Jen organizes the kid lit version at Teach Mentor Texts. Drop by to see what has inspired other bloggers who love to read children’s literature!
In my new boxes of books from Follett and Capstone I have been getting this week I received a small batch of books I chose with grant money. I wrote a grant to use picture books to reinforce economic concepts with students. I picked a selection of books for 2nd and 3rd grade to make available for students. In each book I’m adding a Ziploc bag with worksheets in the back that include activities for families to do together. One is a grocery store scavenger hunt, another a ledger for keeping track of small funds, a third a coin-coloring savings tracker, etc. I’m planning to get them translated into Spanish as well. I hope that the pages will be removed at home and used by students and families. The pages will also be available on my school website with information about each book.
Anyhoo, I read all of those books this week and they pushed aside a few others I had planned to get to. I also picked up a few gallies at NetGalley and tackled those. I did put Rapunzel and the Seven Dwarfs on my list again this week. Last week I read it and liked it okay, but didn’t love it. This week all of my students watched it on TumbleBooks and it is downright hysterical in their read-aloud version. Our library assistant and I crack up every time we hear it!! It was worth a second week on the “I read it!” list! ALA Midwinter is coming soon and I know I’ll be picking up a few goodies to read as well as making a lot of book lists! Before that happens, I want to try and finish off a few of these:
I’m in the middle of a few of them. I’ve been booktalking Princess in Black and Rapunzel’s Revenge to 3rd, 4th and 5th graders all week. I have one more day of booktalks left and then I’m crossing these two off my list. One-Eyed Cat and One Crazy Summer are going to be my challenges. I will definitely get to The Seeker and All the Answers before those two!
One final note… because I figure if you read this blog then you must be okay with some tangents. Just like many librarians and educators, I read a lot. Does any one else struggle with what kind of reading to share? I’m not comfortable putting EVERYTHING I read on Goodreads. In my mind, it’s my professional space where I share the titles that relate to my job. I enjoy reading them and they are not all directly for the students I teach, but they’re in the right realm. I do have a love of YA novels that I would never recommend to my K-5 crowd. Sometimes for book challenges (and here we are in 2015 and many bloggers have set quotas they want to reach) I feel inferior because I have no desire to spend all of my time reading for my students. Posting pictures of my Goodreads list does help me stay on top of some of the new titles and I’m pleased with what I’ve been able to keep up with. I decided I wanted to track all of the books I read just for me as well and decided to pin those to a private Pinterest board. It’s just there for my personal satisfaction so that when the year ends I can look back and see what I truly read and not just what I read that applies to my job. Now I’m really curious how other reading bloggers handle this topic….