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Top Ten Tuesday: Middle Grade Fall TBR

18 Sep

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  1. The Lotterys More or Less by Emma Donoghue (September 25)
  2. The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden by Karina Yan Glaser (September 25)
  3. Bluecrowne by Kate Milford (October 2)
  4. The Right Hook of Devin Velma by Jake Burt (October 2)
  5. Alan Cole Doesn’t Dance by Eric Bell (October 9)
  6. Soof by Sarah Weeks (October 9)
  7. Charlie Hernández and the League of Shadows by Ryan Calejo (October 23)
  8. The Lighthouse Between the Worlds by Melanie Crowder (October 23)
  9. Sanity & Tallulah by Molly Brooks (October 23)
  10. Blended by Sharon M. Draper (November 6)

TTT-Big2Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl.


Top Ten Tuesday: Middle Grade Hidden Gems

11 Sep

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  1. Race to the Bottom of the Sea by Lindsay Eagar
  2. Elsie Mae Has Something to Say by Nancy J. Cavanaugh
  3. The List by Patricia Forde
  4. The Voyage to Magical North by Claire Fayers
  5. The Night Parade by Kathryn Tanquary
  6. A Blind Guide to Stinkville by Beth Vrabel
  7. A Nearer Moon by Melanie Crowder
  8. Nickel Bay Nick by Dean Pitchford
  9. Shadow Weaver by MarcyKate Connolly
  10. Flower Moon by Gina Linko

TTT-Big2Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl.

Students’ Reading Rights

6 Sep

I think, for the most part, school has started across the country. And hopefully, for many students, this is the year they become excited and engaged in their own reading lives. Unfortunately, for so many, they are required to read designated titles and then regurgitate lessons in the form of written responses, worksheets, or discussions. But this doesn’t teach kids to love reading and books, it teaches kids that reading is a chore – something that has to be checked off the to-do list every night.

So, how can teachers and librarians encourage kids to want to read? Teachers can check out some of these amazing resources to inspire their own classrooms:

  • The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child by Donalyn Miller
  • Game Changer! Book Access for All Kids by Donalyn Miller and Colby Sharp
  • Passionate Readers: The Art of Reaching and Engaging Every Child by Pernille Ripp

I know that it can be difficult to re-imagine your entire classroom, as well your entire syllabus and I can only imagine how difficult it can be to come up against administrative officials when there are specific learning objectives and requirements in place. But, just think about what it can do to create strong readers who know what they like to read, are willing to try new books and have a rich reading life both in and out of school.

Maybe you can’t change everything you want about your classroom, but you can create an environment that ensures that students understand that reading is a vital part of what happens each and every day.

  • Have a strong classroom library filled with titles for all levels – make sure it’s diverse in a variety of ways and includes titles that are both fiction and nonfiction
  • Create a strong partnership with the school librarian, who’s job it is to encourage literacy throughout the school
  • Reach out to local public librarians – I know we’re always looking for ways to support our school district
  • Allow kids the time to read each and every day in class
  • Be a reading role model – during that reading time, make sure you’re seen reading as well
  • Read aloud to the class
  • Participate in #ClassroomBookaDay and read picture books in class
  • Booktalk new titles, have kids share their thoughts about the books their reading in a variety of ways
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