Sunday, June 2, 2013

Our Best Books

We have one week of school left. As we wrap up the year, I have the kids think about all the work we've done this year. I ask them to think about the growth they have made as well as some of their favorites from the year. One of the things I ask the kids to do is choose a favorite book we've read this year. It's a hard thing to do! We read so many good books  this year that it was hard to narrow it down to just one. I had the kids quickly jot their answers down on a white board for me. This helps me make decisions about what books to include as read alouds next year. Take a look and see if there are any books you might like to try.

I don't stick to just picture books for read aloud. We started reading The One and Only Ivan and I dropped off about a fourth of the way into the story. I wanted to read just enough to get them hooked and the kids took it from there. It's easy to read a short part of a chapter book aloud as a way to get kids interested in a series or particular book. You'll see that some of the books in the list are chapter books instead of picture books.

Here are the books that are mentioned in the video. I'll try to include the author if I can remember!
The One and Only Ivan - Katherine Applegate
The Hobbit
Whatever After  (a series by Sarah Mlynowski)
City Dog, Country Frog - Mo Willems
The Fire Within
Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman - Jerry Pinkney
Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed - Mo Willems
Clever Jack Takes The Cake
Tikki Tikki Tembo
The Wump World - Bill Peet
The Doll People - illustrated by Brian Selznick
Ruth and the Green Book - Calvin Alexander Ramsey
Zita the Space Girl
The False Prince
The Curious Garden - Peter Brown
Each Kindness
Extra Yarn
Poop: An Unnatural History of the Unmentionable - Nicola Davies
Chowder - Peter Brown
The Fabulous Bouncing Chowder - Peter Brown
The Paper Bag Princess - Robert Munsch
Zombie Chasers (a series)
The Memory Coat
Robot Dreams - Sara Varon
Wings of Fire
Thea Stilton (a series)
Anansi the Spider - Gerald McDermott
Nicki (from the American Girl series)
Animorphs (a series)

1 comment:

  1. What a great idea to reflect on the year and celebrate reading. Nice job with the movie.