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Today a fourth grader share about a book series I put on hold from the library. It’s Michael Dahl’s Library of Doom series.
I am sharing with fourth and fifth graders about some of the new research regarding the Lone Woman of San Nicholas Island otherwise known as Karana of ISLAND OF THE DOLPHINS by Scott O’ Dell. This is my favorite childhood chapter book. I lived near Santa Barbara and have been to the Channel Islands (San Nicholas is part of the island chain.)
The Ventura County Star just posted this article about the research conducted by Steve Schwartz. In 2012, Schwartz led a team and discovered what is thought to be the cave that she lived in all those years. In 2015, the Navy halted the dig so Schwartz has been reading the work of J.B. Harrington, a linguist from the 1900’s.
What I love about all this is that it’s a conversation about how when authors write historical novel over time new information can inform our thinking. Scott O’Dell did the best research he could do in the late 50’s. I think he’d be happy to know that it’s continuing and that tribes such as Chumash and Pechanga are involved.
For my October book club we are reading THE LAKE HOUSE by Kate Morton. It took a bit of getting into when I wasn’t tired but I am hooked.
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I finished A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graf. It’s a book that I need to reread. I was reminded of Savvy by Ingrid Law.
It was a rather fun Sunday as my 9 YO grand girl finished her Meadows’ Fairy book and had her nose in Because of Winn Dixie.
Last week, I read the following books to K-3. They are part of the 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards for Washington state:
Pluto Visits Earth by Steve Metzger
Out of This World by Amy Sklansky
Goldilocks and The Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems
We vote next week on the twenty nominees. What are you reading?
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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.
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These are two of the books on my list for the Highlights Foundation workshop. I read both of these intense books this weekend. My Book of Life By Angel by Martine Leavitt and Stop Pretending Nothing Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy by Sonya Sones are gripping, intense, and you just can’t put them down. Or at least I couldn’t. You can tell I tabbed some pages in the Sones book. I will be re-reading them over the next couple of weeks.
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I am getting ready for my poetry novel workshop in April by reading the work of Kelly Bingham and Helen Frost. One month from today I will be at the Highlights Foundation with them.
I have read other books by Helen Frost but am not as familiar with Bingham’s work.
I finished Don’t Feed The Boy by Irene Latham. It’s a story that gathers you up from the first page. Latham’s writing is fluid and poetic, hard to put down. A boy living at the zoo, how fun would that be? Remember there are always two sides of the coin.
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Daylight Savings Time started in the Northwest yesterday. I probably should have listened to the experts about what to do to adjust such as getting to bed early. But I could not! I had to finish Hold Fast by Blue Balliett. I recommend this book, probably Balliett’s best. I am now going to attempt listening to books in the car and do a Balliett book study. I read Chasing Vermeer years ago but didn’t follow up on the rest.
Vancouver, WA, the city where I work is having a city all-read event with the following book. Several teacher librarians will be reading and discussing.
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