Monday, March 12, 2012

Reading and Reading and Reading

Slice of Life Story Challenge Hosted by Ruth and Stacey of Two Writing Teachers 

Teach Mentor Texts 
It's Monday! What are you reading?

Reading for me:
I finished Wonder by R. J. Palacio yesterday, wow. That's all I need to say. A fairly quick read (part of a weekend and three nights if you're like me and don't have a bucket full of time). I really enjoyed the characters, getting to know them and all the different perspectives. It was a great story.
I then started reading Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins. I had finished The Hunger Games over Christmas break and had not had a chance to get back to the second book in the series. 

Reading for my children:
I started Pirates Past Noon, by Mary Pope Osborne tonight before bed with the kiddos; they are enjoying it immensely!

Reading for my students:
I have been talking with my students about "good fit" books for a few weeks. I found a great book called, Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians (yes, Libearians) by Jacki Mims Hopkins. It is similar to the original story with a closely related title showing a variation of books, too hard, too easy and just right! It helped the idea sink in a little further for my students.

A book I discovered a couple weeks ago by Helen Lester was, Author, A True Story. It is the story of Helen as a child and her struggles with the writing process. The beginning starts by saying, "A long time ago there lived a three year old author. Me." Her illustrations show a scribbled grocery list and her scrawls of  "writing". My class was riveted by this rather long story, she started out just like they did! Like we all did! I thought this story was very relatable to young authors.


Ellen said...

Fun - I haven't heard of the book you read, but I'm always looking for good suggestions. I loved the Hunger Games trilogy. I hope you enjoy the rest.

Christy Rush-Levine said...

I can't believe you found time for all of this! You are reading some great books.

Robin said...

Wow! You've been a busy girl! I have GOT to get my hands on the books you are reading with your students...they sound great! Love, Love, Love Pirates Past Noon! It was a favorite in our house/car for months! Not only did we read it together but we also listened to it on cd forever! Good stuff. With so much talk about Wonder, I may just have to check into that one too. Thanks for the good leads! Happy reading!

Kellee said...

I love Helen Lester, so I am really looking forward to reading Author (now that you have introduced it to me). And Wonder is such a great book- I am glad you read it :)

Happy reading this week!

elsie said...

I need to check out the Goldie Socks book. Sounds like one many could relate to. Wonder is waiting for me and I love the Helen Lester book. Great choices for this week. Wonder what new titles I will find next week?

Linda at teacherdance said...

Oh I like all your book choices. The libearian and the author, a true story look very cute for younger students. They'll go on my list which continues to lengthen. Thanks for the heads up for these. Enjoy Catching Fire. I really loved that series as did the students.

Jen said...

Author A True Story looks so cute! I really want to read it now. Especially after reading the quote from Linda's post today about writing and needing to finish it. I need all the advice and encouragement I can get as I work on my writing. I'm glad you loved Wonder!!!!! I love that book. I'm so looking forward to meeting RJ this week. I thought Catching Fire was good, too. I sobbed like crazy at the ending. Ugh, so good.