I've always been a reader, but 2014 was the first year that I really set a goal for myself related to my reading. I decided to join the Mock Newbery group on Goodreads and work to read the monthly books they chose to focus on, along with as many other "Newbery hopefuls" recommended as possible. I completely enjoyed myself, I had some great new book recommendations for my students, and I'm as excited as I can be for the awards next Monday!
2015 is the inauguration year of my blog. I've finally brought a goal that I've had for a long time to fruition! In a couple of short weeks of blogging I have made connections with a number of people who are already encouraging me as a blogger, reader, and teacher. Many of them are participating in various blog challenges, reading and writing challenges, and blog link-ups. I'm tempted to join every group I see, because they all look great, but I know that I have to make some wise decisions so that I don't get overwhelmed and fail. With that said, these are the reading challenges I am joining for this year:
1) "Goodreads| Mock Newbery 2016": This group is the one I mentioned earlier that got me started on my book goals. The group votes to select a book considered a possible "Newbery contender" to read each month, and posts discussion about it on the group Goodreads page.
2) Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: This challenge is sponsored by Alyson Beecher at "Kid Lit Frenzy". I know that nonfiction and informational texts are areas where I need to focus with my students, yet I haven't read near as many nonfiction books as fiction. I'm hoping my participation in this challenge will (help) remedy that situation. My goal for this challenge will be one NFPB per week.
3) #MustReadin2015: This challenge, sponsored by Carrie Gelson at "There's a Book for That", urges us to pick our "must reads" for 2015. For me, these are going to be books on my "to read" list on Goodreads that just seem to continue to be pushed further down the list by other books that come along. I have selected the books pictured below. I'm planning to share my progress from time to time throughout the year.
I need to give a shout-out to Elisabeth Ellington who blogs at "The Dirigible Plum" (nice Harry Potter reference! ). In my first couple of weeks as a blogger, Elisabeth has been wonderful about encouraging me to keep writing, and it's because of her Reading Challenges that I decided to make and post mine. If you haven't checked out her blog, you should– lots of great book information over there!