I would happily be a collector and reader of books even if my career had nothing to do with reading. Fortunately for me, teaching has everything to do with reading, and so I am able to combine two of my passions. (It also gives me an "official" reason for buying the many books that I just can't seem to resist, and that my amazingly understanding husband just rolls his eyes at when they arrive at my door.)
Because I teach, it is so important for me to read. I serve as a model of what a "reader" looks, acts, and sounds like for my students. I read as many books as I can manage to so that I can not only suggest titles to the varied readers in my classes, but also have discussions with my students about books. Conversations about loved books are great for building relationships!
Staying on top of the many wonderful books being published each year is a mind-boggling proposition, and no one can accomplish it on their own. For this reason I rely on newsletters from publishing companies and authors, but mostly on reviews and recommendations made by fellow readers. In the sidebar you will find a list of some of my favorite blogs for getting book ideas– check them out! Another great way to stay on top of this is to participate in a weekly online book share. The one I gravitate to is "It's Monday! What Are You Reading" (#IMWAYR) hosted by Jen Vincent at Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellye Moye at Unleashing Readers (you can see the lists each Monday at either site). Check these out on Mondays, and once you see how they "go", you may decide to start posting your own additions on Mondays!
This page will include a listing of the books I read in 2017, my ratings, and links to my reviews on Goodreads (click on the book title to go to the review). In order to make it clearer the audience each particular book is intented for, I will also mark each title as follows:
- PB – Picture Book; intended for younger readers (PK+), but often delightful and even deeply wonderful for older children and even adults!
- E – Early readers; books that children between the ages of 6 – 8 will enjoy and can likely read on their own
- MG – Middle Grade; books written for/ appropriate for students in the 3rd – 6th grade or 8 – 12 year age range
- YA – Young Adult; books written for children beginning at age 12 or 13 and up; these books often contain mature topics that younger children may not be ready for developmentally.
- A – Adult; books written for an adult audience; may be of interest to some teens– appropriateness should be determined by the children with guidance from parents.
I hope you find some new titles to add to your "to be read" list!
|#1 January 7||Pack of Dorks, Vrabel||MG||4/5 ****|
|#2 January 17||The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog, Gidwitz||MG/YA||
|#3 January 17||The Night Gardener, Fan & Fan||PB||4/5 ****|
|#4 January 17||Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea!, Clanton||E, MG||5/5 *****|
|#5 January 22||The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles, Cuevas / Stead||PB||4/5 ****|
|#6 January 22||Penguin Problems, John / Smith||PB||5/5 *****|
|#7 January 22||A Hungry Lion…, or a Dwindling Assortment of Animals, Cummings||PB||5/5 *****|
|#8 January 22||Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 and 2, Rowling, Tiffany, and Thorne||MG/YA||
|#9 January 24||They All Saw a Cat, Wenzel||PB||