My fifth graders and I have spend a lot of time this week preparing for reading over winter break. We’ve listened to book talks, made reading plans, and discussed the things we need to do to be successful readers the next couple of weeks.
In the video below I share the books that my amazing students are currently reading.
To learn more about how we prepare for reading during school breaks, check out the video below.
I’d love to know how you help your readers get ready for reading when they are outside your classroom/school reading community. Please let me know in the comments below the great things you are doing to help your kids.
Sharing picture books with my students is one of the best parts of my job. 2018 was a year filled with some pretty amazing fiction picture books. I hope you check out the five books I am nominating for the Nerdy Book Club awards. If you’d like to nominate your favorite 2018 books click here.
Kevin Henkes is a master storyteller. His latest middle grade novel, Sweeping Up the Heart, is yet another example of his brilliance. I hope you check out the book, and I hope you like it as much as I did.
I cannot believe we have already been in school for more than three months. It has been so much fun watching my students find new authors to love, series to devour, and genres to explore. I thought making a video sharing the books we are reading would be a fun way to share what we’re up to, and celebrate all the awesome readers I have in my class.
Genesis Begins Again is one of the best books I have ever read. Alicia D. Williams’s debut is one that will live in the hearts of readers for the rest of their life. If you read one book that I recommend, this year I hope you’ll make it this one.
Anne Ursu writes unforgettable magical realism middle grade novels that stay in the hearts of readers long after they finish the final pages. The Lost Girl is every bit as wonderful as her other books. I am so excited for the book to enter the world, so that it can find its way into the hands of young readers.
Game Changer! contributor Valinda Kimmel, volunteered to host a Game Changer! Twitter chat each Sunday evening in December. Each chat will focus on two chapters of the book. You do not have to have read the book to participate in the chat.
Hope to see you there!
Check out our Game Changer! video series below.
The purpose of a book talk is to share your feelings on a book, and hopefully encourage others to consider reading it. Earlier this year, on of my students book talked Sharon Creech’s Saving Winslow. I had no idea that so much magic would come from that one book talk.
2018 was an amazing year for children’s literature. It is always exciting to look ahead and see what books are coming out next year. In this video, you will see ten books that I am pumped to read next year.
Last week, I finished Sharon M. Draper’s Blended. It was so good. I was in a bit of a reading rut, and this book helped me get out of it. Below you can find my video book talk of this amazing 2018 middle grade novel.
Check out the rest of my 2018 book talks below.