October 31, 2010

Miss Teacher Reads

I have been ROCKING through the book list for Battle of the Books!!!  Woohoo!!!  And while they are not all the best book EVER, as I felt about many of last year's titles, I'm discovering (and rediscovering) some gems in the mix.  And because I am nothing if not a list person...

Books I'm Reading:

  • Ida B
  • Frindle
  • Tuck Everlasting

Books I've Read:

  • A Year Down Yonder (5 stars)
  • Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark (2 stars...)
  • Among the Hidden (4 stars)
  • Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 (4 stars)
Books to Read:
  • Hank Zipzer: The Night I Flunked My Field Trip
  • Exploring the Titanic
  • Lincoln: A Photobiography (SO not excited about this one, but I will feign interest for the sake of the kiddos...)
  • The Face on the Milk Carton
  • Hatchet
  • My Side of the Mountain
  • The BFG
  • 1 more that is slipping my mind...
Anyways, Battle of the Books is up and running, and going great.  We have about 15 kiddos this year, and many of them are already gung-ho about the books.  We are reading Frindle together in shared reading style at meetings, which I am absolutely LOVING.  We didn't do this with any of the books last year, but it's been a good way to model writing the questions and recording important information from the text.  Plus. it's am amazing, hilarious book that I ADORE reading, and am elated to share with an audience who eats it up as much as these readers.  Hands down the best part of coaching Battle of the Books is when kids come up to me both at meetings and during the week and say things like, "Miss Teacher!  I'm halfway done!  Look!!"  or "Miss Teacher, this book is GOOD!!"  Gets me every time.  :)

Oh, and btw, to whomever invented books on CD, thanks.  Thanks a million.  I would never make it through this whole list without you!!!


  1. In case you're interested I totally loved Hatchet, BFG, and the Face on the Milk Carton. I read most of these when my kids were in 4-6th grades. I'm one of "those" parents. I would read the same books my children had to read in school and then ask them about the books. My two kids loved to read, but one would read so fast they would not comprehend anything that happened in the story.

    We also read the entire Borrowers series together - each of us taking a chapter to read out loud to the others each night. I love reading and it was important to me that my kids learned to love it too.

    I got one reader out of it - my daughter is an avid reader. The boy likes to read when the subject matter is right (Stephen King is a favorite of his) but doesn't read much for fun anymore - college kinda kills that I guess. :)

  2. Thanks for the comment! I LOVE those three books actually! I read the BFG and Milk Carton when I was younger and I can't wait to revisit them! Hatchet I read in college for a children's lit project in an ed class, and man what an amazing book.

    Kudos to you for reading with your kids! I wish more parents did that! My dad reading with me nightly is what made me the head over heels in love with reading person I am today. :)


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