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This week’s book talks 1/14-18

18 Jan

Continuing to introduce new books I added to the classroom library

Monday

Everlasting Nora by Marie Miranda Cruz
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Tuesday

Good Dog by Dan Gemeinhart
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Wednesday

The Benefits of Being an Octopus by Ann Braden
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Thursday

Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh
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Friday

The Faithful Spy by John Hendrix
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This week’s book talks 1/7-11

11 Jan

This year, I received a couple of gift cards from students and decided to use them to add more books to our classroom library. I book-talked some of them this week.

Monday

Out of Left Field by Ellen Klages

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Tuesday

The Rhino in Right Field by Stacy DeKeyser

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Wednesday

The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

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Thursday

Echo’s Sister by Paul Mosier

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Friday

Dog Days in the City by Jodi Kendall

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Rebel Librarians, Unite!

19 Dec

My sister told me about a book that wasn’t even on my radar.

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Although it has some classic debut novel imperfections, I loved it so much it is my current read aloud for my 6th graders, who can totally relate to June’s lack of control in her life, and her desire to do something slightly subversive.

 

Bringing Back the Books

12 Jun

Last week, I slowly inventoried my classroom libraries. I keep track of two libraries: one bought & paid for by the school district, the other by me. In total there are about 750 books. As of Friday, 58 books were “missing”. A few were checked out, more were not. Monday morning I charted the missing titles. By Monday afternoon, only 41 were still outstanding.

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We still have a week of school to go. I am confident that, come next Tuesday, most, if not all of the books will be back.

This week’s book talks 6/4-6/8

8 Jun

Monday

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Rebound by Kwame Alexander

Tuesday

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Another Kind of Hurricane by Tamara Ellis Smith

Wednesday

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Isle of Blood and Stone by Makiia Lucier

Thursday

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Okay for Now  byGary D. Schmidt

Friday

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Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale

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4 Jun

My classroom library is organized by genre. There’s only one fiction tub for sport books- and they don’t get a lot of action. Part of that is my fault. I don’t really enjoy books about sports and often tune out during descriptions of games or competitions.

I didn’t tune out of the sports parts of Cynthia Kadohata’s Checked.checked-9781481446617_hr

I think that was because they were as meditative and reflective as any middle grade literary work of fiction I have ever read.

Publisher’s Summary: Hockey is Conor’s life. His whole life. He’ll say it himself, he’s a hockey beast. It’s his dad’s whole life too—and Conor is sure that’s why his stepmom, Jenny, left. There are very few things Conor and his dad love more than the game, and one of those things is their Doberman, Sinbad. When Sinbad is diagnosed with cancer, Conor chooses to put his hockey lessons and practices on hold so they can pay for Sinbad’s chemotherapy.

But without hockey to distract him, Conor begins to notice more. Like his dad’s crying bouts, and his friend’s difficult family life. And then Conor notices one more thing: Without hockey, the one thing that makes him feel special, is he really special at all?

I think this one works for me because of Connor’s voice. It is so authentic. He’s not a great student. He is an excellent hockey player. He loves his Dad and his dog, Sinbad. He just comes across as a very real kid, with very real kid worries.

I’m not going to lie, I teared up a few times (not during the hockey parts) and when I finished, I just had to sit, holding the book for a few minutes before I could move. Such a lovely, lovely book.

 

This week’s book talks 5/29-6/1

1 Jun

It was a four day week because of the Memorial day holiday, which I enjoyed immensely. I was definitely ready for a little break before the final push to the end.

Tuesday

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed – This book has such a beautiful cover – and it tells a compelling story.

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Wednesday

Exo by Fonda Lee

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Thursday

Dark Life  by Kat Falls

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Friday

The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

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