Head to Teach Mentor Texts for discover what others are reading.
I started The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch. We’re reading it for this month’s book club.
I am reading A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graf as well.
On Thursday of last week, eleven students lunched with author and poet Susan Blackaby. She asked them what they liked to read. Since the group was K through fifth grade the responses varied. A fifth grader is in the midst of the Divergent series. The kinder said she has her mom read to her and a third grader is into the Magic Tree House series.
Another fifth grader is reading Harry Potter books and pleased that his reading had improved two levels. I was really struck by his comment. This is a boy who in first grade was taking off his shoes and socks while I was reading to his class. He was “too hot.” He was a boy who the younger grades reminded me of Leo, the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus. He has bloomed and it’s just taken time. I wish in our crazy data driven and assessment crazy culture that we could remember that some student take time. And that the greatest gift parents could give their kids is the love of reading. That’s what his family has done as they are all readers.
What are you reading?
Book reviews are always nice but my favorite part of your post is the last three sentences. AMEN.
Love all that reading talk with the visiting author – she must have loved it, too!
I feel it is so important to meet the reader where they are. I am struggling with a 6th grader. I can’t seem to find the right book for him. He is now working on Hatchet. The only way to get better in reading is to read.
One of the GatheringBooks ladies, Fats, started reading A Tangle of Knots a few months back, and she mentioned that she enjoyed it greatly. 🙂 Loved reading about the kids in your school and their growth in reading. Always such a pleasure to hear stories like these.