Today, I’m visiting a children’s literature class at Spring Arbor University. The professor asked me to bring 5 books to talk to the kid about. Picking 5 books is darn near impossible, but I decided to try and have some fun with my picks.
I asked myself these questions when trying to decide on which books to take?
1. Is this a book that my students love?
2. Is this book relatively new? The kids in the class are 20ish, so I didn’t want to pick books that they may have read when they were in school.
3. Is this a book that has move children’s literature forward? This one is pretty deep for me, but I wanted to bring books that I feel have changed the game.
4. Is this book different from my other choices? I didn’t want to bring 5 graphic novels or 5 historical fictions texts.
5. Does this book/author have an online presence? I want to show these kids the power of Twitter, book trailers, author websites, and book websites.
My five books.
The One and Only Ivan
By: Katherine Applegate
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
By: Tom Angleberger
By: Jennifer and Matthew Holm
By: Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett
By: Aaron Becker