Today is day 2 of my blog. I am excited to share with you what I have been reading this week and what I plan to read next week. I am using my friends Jen and Kellee’s awesome meme idea. Please check out their amazing blog Teach Mentor Texts.
I noticed with the help of Donalyn Miller ( a.k.a author of The Book Whisperer ) and some of my other amazing Nerdy Book Club friends on Twitter that I am a fantasy geek! Okay, I kind of already knew that from my love of all things Harry Potter (J.K. Rowling -Why have you forsaken us?) At any rate, my 2nd grade students love, love….I mean LOVE nonfiction books. Me? Eh. Not so much. This is a problem! I need to be able to recommend books to my students that they love. So with that in mind….I am taking up the Book Gap Challenge that Donalyn Miller has championed- which is to read more books that I wouldn’t normally read. So I am going to try and fill in the gaping hole that is my nonfiction children’s book knowledge starting NOW. Some of the book titles today start to fill in that gap.
BOOKS I READ THIS WEEK!
Please look for these amazing titles at your local library!
I Have A Dream paintings by Kadir Nelson
Powerful pictures led me to tear up as I was reading this legendary and hopeful speech from Martin Luther King, Jr. You can find the entire Speech at the back of the picture book. The book also comes with a CD of the original speech as well. A perfect book to read with your students this winter.
I am giving I Have A Dream 5 powerful speeches out of 5 powerful speeches!
WOW! Just Wow! I had no idea that Booker T. Washington traveled 500 miles mostly by foot to the Hampton Institute. He only had 50 cents left in his pocket when he finally arrived there to get an education. What an inspirational story!
I give Fifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington 5 extremely long walks out of 5 extremely long walks.
I started my blog and got a bit behind on my reading. I am looking forward to finishing up this enjoyable middle grade book this week.
So what have you been reading this week? What are your favorite types of books and where are your book gaps? I look forward to hearing from you in the comments section.
My blog is only 2 days old but my friend John Schu’s blog is now 2 years old! His blog is one of the BEST around for information on children’s books! Check it out! I’m wishing a very Happy Blog Birthday to Mr. Schu’s blog Watch. Connect. Read.