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This week’s book talks 11/13-17

17 Nov

Monday, one of my favorites to share, because I have stories to tell about real kids this sort of thing happened too. The kids are shocked every time!

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Tuesday, we went the chess route. I asked the kids to think about whether they think they know everything about their parents.

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Wednesday, we took a trip to Vietnam.

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Thursday, we thought about fresh starts.

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And then we finally made it to the end of the first five-day week in a while. I celebrated with a favorite.

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Lest we forget

10 Nov

We get today off in observance of Veteran’s Day. When I began booktalking Monday, I was wearing a poppy I knit a few years ago. I told the kids that I will always think of November 11 as Remembrance Day and growing up, we always wore a poppy on Remembrance Day . I told them about my experiences as a school girl and Girl Guide attending Remembrance Day ceremonies in town halls and at cenotaphs. About getting weepy reciting “In Flander’s Fields” and visiting the War Museum in Ottawa.

Monday, I shared The Great War: Stories Inspired By Objects From The First World War by David Almond, Ursula Dubrovsky, Timothée de Fombelle, Michael Morpurgo, John Boyne A.L. Kennedy, Marcus Sedgewick , Adèle Geras, Tracy Chevalier (Goodreads Author), Frank Cottrell Boyce, and Sheena Wilkinson.

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Tuesday, I went more local, talking about A Death Struck Year  by Makiia Lucier.

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Wednesday, we looked the war from a child’s perspective in John Boyne’s Stay Where You Are & Then Leave.

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And Thursday, we looked the war from a horse’s perspective in War Horse by Michael Morpurgo.

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This week’s book talks 10/30-11/3

3 Nov

I chose spooky books for Halloween week!

Monday,  I shared Thornhill by Pam Smy

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Tuesday, Halloween, I went witchy, with The Apprentice Witch  by James Nicol.

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Wednesday, I talked about Neil Gaiman’s eerie The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

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Friday is the end of the quarter, and a day without students so we can write progress reports. That meant that my last book talk was on Thursday, when I talked about How to Catch a Bogle  by Catherine Jinks.

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This week’s Book talks 10/16-20

20 Oct

I had two days of training this week, co only did booktalks three days. I still managed to get in five books, though.

On the heels of listening to Jason Reynolds, I booktalked Ghost and Patina on Monday.

 

 

For no particular reason, except that I love it, I booktalked Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming on Wednesday.

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Finally, simply because I haven’t booktalked a graphic novel in a while, I shared Gene Luen Yang’s  Boxers & Saints.

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This week’s booktalks 10/2-6

6 Oct

It was series week in my classroom. All my booktalks were about the first book in a series I thought my students might enjoy.

MONDAY I talked about Spy School by Stuart Gibbs. In addition to talking about that series, I also shared some of his other series.

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TUESDAY, I went a little more serious with Silverwing  by Kenneth Oppel.

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WEDNESDAY, I went for spooky with Jonathan Stroud’s first Lockwood & Co. book – The Screaming Staircase.

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THURSDAY,  I veered into the history of World War I and talked about Steampunk by talking about Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld.

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And, finally, on FRIDAY, I booktalked L. A. Meyer’s Bloody Jack,  the first book in a series I hold very dear.

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This week’s booktalks 9/25-9/28

29 Sep

It is banned Books Week, so I booktalked some books in my library that have been challenged over the years, in various places.

MONDAY,  I presented This One Summer.

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It was a popular check out last year and has already been checked out a couple of times. I was worried it wouldn’t be on the shelf for me this week.

TUESDAY, I shared The Seventh Wish.

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WEDNESDAY, I talked about The Golden Compass.  There is a new book in the series, La Belle Sauvage, coming October 19th. It seems an opportune time to introduce students to the series.

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I am at a conference Friday & Saturday, so my last booktalk was THURSDAY. I saved Harry Potter and the Cursed Child for the end of the week.

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It is the only book in the HP series in my classroom library. I haven’t read it and don’t plan on reading this book. I like to leave Harry at the end of the Deathly Hallows. I live the life of a middle-aged person. I don;t need to see him as one.

This week’s booktalks 9/18-9/22

22 Sep

Monday, I actually encouraged students to listen to The Inquisitor’s Tale  because the audiobook is rather excellent.

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Tired Tuesday, feeling groggy after BTSN, I chose a book I could get super excited about sharing.

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Wednesday, I went for inspirational.

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Thursday, because we were talking about maps as inspiration for writing personal narratives, I chose The Map Trap, with its obvious connection.

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And, finally, Friday, I recommended All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook,  just because I like it. It is the perfect book to curl up with this week.

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