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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.

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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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This week’s book talks 5/7-11

11 May

Monday

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The Warden’s Daughter  by Jerry Spinelli

Tuesday

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Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters by Margaret Dilloway

Wednesday

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Plagues: The Microscopic Battlefield (Science Comics)by Falynn Koch

Thursday

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Night Witches by Kathryn Lasky

Friday

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Alexander Hamilton, Revolutionary by Martha Brockenbrough

This week’s book talks 4/2-6

6 Apr

Back to book talks with a full five-day week. Here are the five books I recommended to my students.

MONDAY

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Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire  by John August
TUESDAY

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The Journey of Little Charlie  by Christopher Paul Curtis

WEDNESDAY

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Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

THURSDAY

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Ice Wolves  by Amie Kaufman

 

FRIDAY

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How Dare the Sun Rise by Sandra Uwiringiyimana

This week’s book talks 1/15 – 19

19 Jan

Because of MLK Day, we had no school Monday, but I gave the kids a twofer on Tuesday.

Tuesday, I booktalked David D. Levine’s two books in the Arabella Ashby series: Arabella of Mars,  and Arabella and the Battle of Venus.

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Wednesday, I shared Invisible Emmie by Terri Libenson.

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Thursday, because my class LOVED Posted,  I shared John David Anderson’s Ms. Bixby’s Last Day.

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Friday, just for fun, I shared To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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