It’s not Monday, but boy, have I been reading! Here’s a snapshot from my bookshelf this week…
Thanks to a great recommendation by my friend (@literacydocent), I was lucky enough to find several copies of series books by Jake Maddox during my recent trip to Bull Moose Music (which, by the way, is the BEST kept secret in children’s books! Wait- did I just shoot myself in the foot?!) Anyway, the Jake Maddox series is a great entry into early chapter books. They are high-interest sports-based books that boys and girls alike are devouring! I’ve test-driven them during my summer reading transition program where I’m working this summer and all the kiddos agree- Jake’s books are a hit! Lots of white space, decodable text, and relatable storylines! A great series to introduce to reluctant or dormant readers!
My next greatest discovery, which has been on my TBR (To Be Read) List for awhile now, was “Bluebird” by Bob Staake. This wordless book literally moved me to tears. A testament to friendship, loyalty, and hope, this text would make a great pairing with so many wonderful texts on the topic of bullying and true friendship, in particular. I can’t wait to share this book with kiddos this year. It has the potential to spark some powerful conversations for readers of all ages.
I have been so excited and inspired by my newest professional book, “Teach Like a Pirate: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator” by Dave Burgess! Educators, if you are looking for a great text to fire you up for the upcoming school year, you definitely need to check out this title! There is so much talk about this book out there in the “twittersphere,” that there are multiple weekly TLAP chats for English, Science, and Humanities teachers, along with a general TLAP chat, in which I take part each week. I’m jazzed to begin my virtual book group, as well as perhaps facilitating a book group in my school communities with this text as soon as possible!
That’s my reading week so far… What does yours look like?