Posts tagged books

Rules: Reblog with your top 3 book recommendations of any genre. Don’t delete previous recommendations.

Mine are: 

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff by Christopher Moore

The Agony of Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Night by Elie Wiesel

(I left out the obvious Jane Austen / Harry Potter recs.)

coolchicksfromhistory:

At 8:46am on September 11, 2001 Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.  At 8:55am workers in the South Tower were advised to remain in their offices as only the North Tower was affected.  Eight minutes later Flight 175 crashed into the South Tower. Massive evacuation efforts began in both Towers as flights were grounded in New York City, Boston, Cleveland, and Washington.  At 9:37am Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon.  
US airspace was closed for the first time in history at 9:45am.  Approximately 500 flights were en route to the US .  Those that were more than halfway to North America were almost all redirected to Canadian airports.  Of the 238 flights redirected to Canada, 39 landed in Gander, Newfoundland.  A town of 10,000 people suddenly had 6,000 visitors. 
The people of Gander and the surrounding towns put their lives on hold to care for the stranded passengers.  Striking bus drivers laid down their picket signs to ferry passengers to temporary accommodations in schools, legion halls, and churches.  Local people donated food and bed linens, opening their homes to strangers so passengers could shower.  Neighborhood stores let stranded passengers take whatever items they needed free of charge.  The Day the World Came to Town profiles the individuals involved and tells a heartwarming story amidst tragic events.
The Day the World Came to Town on Amazon

coolchicksfromhistory:

At 8:46am on September 11, 2001 Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.  At 8:55am workers in the South Tower were advised to remain in their offices as only the North Tower was affected.  Eight minutes later Flight 175 crashed into the South Tower. Massive evacuation efforts began in both Towers as flights were grounded in New York City, Boston, Cleveland, and Washington.  At 9:37am Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon. 

US airspace was closed for the first time in history at 9:45am.  Approximately 500 flights were en route to the US .  Those that were more than halfway to North America were almost all redirected to Canadian airports.  Of the 238 flights redirected to Canada, 39 landed in Gander, Newfoundland.  A town of 10,000 people suddenly had 6,000 visitors. 

The people of Gander and the surrounding towns put their lives on hold to care for the stranded passengers.  Striking bus drivers laid down their picket signs to ferry passengers to temporary accommodations in schools, legion halls, and churches.  Local people donated food and bed linens, opening their homes to strangers so passengers could shower.  Neighborhood stores let stranded passengers take whatever items they needed free of charge.  The Day the World Came to Town profiles the individuals involved and tells a heartwarming story amidst tragic events.

The Day the World Came to Town on Amazon

What Kids Are Reading 2012 Edition

lhuddles:

I stumbled across What Kids Are Reading: The Book-Reading Habits of Students from my NCTE inbox email. It’s actually pretty interesting!

Authors who have commentary in the document include Barry Gilmore, Jeff Kinney, David Coleman, Dan Gutman, Ellen Hopkins, Terri Kirk, Dav Pilkey, and Sandra Stotsky.

This document begins of lists of what kids are reading, separated by grade level.

Starting on page 42 are some exemplars for Common Core texts. 

There is a section for librarians’ picks separated by grades and interest level.

There is also a list of frequently challenged books in 2008, 2009, and 2010.

I’d say if you’re looking for summer reading to stay on par with what your kids are reading, this pdf is a wonderful place to begin!

Classroom Library

texasfirstyearteacher:

I met with my principal, AP, and a few others at my new school today. More than anything else, they encouraged me to start building my classroom library. They suggested the Scholastic Warehouse (there’s one really close to me) as a way to get books at a very reduced price. I’m getting a little overwhelmed, because while I know that my principal in no way expects me to have a classroom library that’s equivalent to a master teacher’s, I want to provide my students with a well-maintained and well-stocked classroom library. Though I am not starting off with absolutely nothing (I collected some books throughout college), I in no way am prepared for a complete classroom library.

How did you start and build up your classroom library? Likewise, how did you organize it?

Garage sales, scholastic warehouse sales, e-bay (lot purchases), the store from Half-Priced Books, an amazon wish-list posted on Tumblr and facebook, library sales, free cycles, better world books (great website for used books), and just generally asking people if they want to unload anything on me.

I use foil stickers to organize my books (they are also numbered on the inside cover so I can keep track of authors, book titles, and who has checked out what).

Red star (with scotch tape over it for it so it doesn’t fall off) are books I use for specific lessons or are special to me.  Depending on the class they either stay on my teacher book shelf and never go home with students, or are on the book shelves for students but just don’t go home.

Green Star - Science

Blue - Social Studies

Silver - Reference / I Spy / Where’s Waldo

Gold - General Books

Smiley faces - Character books (Clifford, Elmo, Dora, Arthur, etc.)

Hands - Social Skills / Emotion books

Letter sticker - Alphabet book

Number - Anthology

NPR: Henrietta Lacks Receives Honorary Degree

Henrietta Lacks was a poor African-American woman with cervical cancer. Doctors took her cells without her knowledge and used them for research. And they’ve been used in tens of thousands of research studies. Now nearly 60 years after her death, Morgan State University in Baltimore has awarded her an honorary degree. Michele Norris and Robert Siegel have more.

I remember seeing a special about her on t.v. where they also talked to some of her relatives.  I wish I could remember what show it was on.

There’s a book on her and what her cells have done for science and our health — and the racism her life and story has felt.  It is called the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.  I’ve been wanting to read it, but just haven’t gotten to it yet.

Special Education Book List.

toseealambatschool:

Inspired by the article “Students with Disabilities Underrepresented in Literature” recommended by positivelypersistantteach, here is a list of children’s books that feature students with disabilities.

1. Percy Jackson and the Olympians - Rick Riordan

2. My Brother Charlie - Holly Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete

3. Eagle Eyes: A Child’s Guide to Paying Attention - Jeanne Gehret

4. Freak the Mighty - Rodman Philbrick

5. Tic Talk: Living with Tourette Syndrome: A 9-Year-Old Boy’s Story in His Own Words - Dylan Peters

6. A Very Special Critter - Gina and Mercer Mayer

7. Amelia Lends a Hand - Marissa Moss

8. What It’s Like To Be Me - Edited by Helen Exley; Written by children with disabilities

9. Taking Cerebral Palsy To School - Mary Elizabeth Anderson

10. Taking Down Syndrome To School - Jenna Glatzer

11. Taking Speech Disorders To School - John E. Bryant

12. Adam and the Magic Marble - Adam Buehrens

13. Whoa, Nellie! - Hope Benton

14. Kathy’s Hats: A Story of Hope - Trudy Krisher

I did a whole grad project on literature with characters that have disabilities.  I’ll have to see if I can dig it up.

Mother Reader: Ways to give a Picture Book

From the same Blogger who wrote ways to give a book.   I love these ideas!

 

  1. ABC, Baby Me! board book with letter links.
  2. Art and Max or Bridget’s Beret with a paint set.
  3. April and Esme, Tooth Fairies with a make-your-own tooth fairy box.
  4. Bats at the Ballgame with a bat and ball.
  5. A Bedtime for Bear with a personalized pillowcase.
  6. Big Red Lollipop with a big lollipop from the candy store.
  7. Brontorina or Miss Tutu’s Star with fancy tutu or two… two.
  8. Chalk with 3-D sidewalk chalk.
  9. The Cow Loves Cookies with a cookie counting game.
  10. Dancing Feet with Fisher Price: Disco Dance Party CD.
  11. Disappearing Desmond with a Look & Find Puzzle.
  12. Dog Loves Books with a bookstore gift card.
  13. Drum City with an old-time tin drum.
  14. Elephant and Piggie: We Are in a Book with the stuffed animals.
  15. Elsie’s Bird with a singing bird music box.
  16. Farm with Lace and Trace Farm Set.
  17. Feeding the Sheep with a wool sweater.
  18. Goal! with a soccer ball and a donation to Project Play.
  19. Goodnight, Little Monster with an Ugly Doll.
  20. Hot Rod Hamster with a Zhu Zhu pet hamster.
  21. I Don’t Want a Cool Cat with cat card game.
  22. Instructions with a book of classic fairy tales.
  23. Jackie’s Gift with both Hanukah gelt and chocolate Santas.
  24. Kindergarten Diary with fun school supplies.
  25. Ladybug Girl book with wings and antennae.
  26. Maneki Neko: the Tale of the Beckoning Cat with a lucky cat bank.
  27. A Night on the Range with a cowboy hat.
  28. The Nutcracker with tickets to a local performance.
  29. Oscar and the Very Hungry Dragon with a cooking set.
  30. Pigs to the Rescue with the Pass the Pigs game.
  31. Pink Me Up! with pink clothes, headbands, or jewelry.
  32. The Pirate’s Guide to First Grade with pirate gear.
  33. The Quiet Book with homemade coupons for some quiet time together — coloring, snuggling, or making a wish.
  34. How Rocket Learned to Read with beginning reader books.
  35. Somewhere So Sleepy board book with Safari Security blankets (three of the animals are pictured in the book).
  36. Sweet Moon Baby: An Adoption Tale or Moon Dreams with glow-in-the-dark moon and stars — or go high tech with this Moon in my Room.
  37. The Three Little Pigs: An Architectural Tale with Classic Tinkertoy Construction set.
  38. The Tree House with Littlest Pet Shop brown bear and polar bear.
  39. Bear in Underwear with underwear.
  40. The Village Garage with toy trucks.
  41. Water, Weed, and Wait with gardening tools.
  42. What If? with a beach ball.
  43. An Xmas book — maybe a personal favorite — with a special ornament.
  44. Yuck! That’s Not a Monster! with the Moody Monsters Memory Game.
  45. Zero with magnetic numbers.

Suite 101: Figurative Language in Maniac Magee: Personification

Maniac Magee is one of my favorite children’s novels.   I have not had the opportunity to teach it, as I generally work with students too young for the book.  However, I did read it and write a paper on it for my undergrad Children’s Lit course.  Then, for my masters, I built a reading unit around it (I was partnered with someone in the intermediate grades, and I agreed to do a book in her grade area).  This book is excellent for teaching about bullies, racism, a sense of family, and fairness.   There is SO SO much that can be done with this book.