Books books books

I’m a reader. I love to read novels, mostly (not the biggest nonfiction reader, except for blogs, I guess!) and I can’t imagine my life without a love of reading. It can be hard for me to find books I love. For example, 50 Shades of Grey? Really? I’m sorry, but I picked up the book in Barnes & Noble after so many people recommended it. I thought it might be something.

I read the back. And I threw up in my mouth a little.

Anastasia Steele? Seriously?! Grey Whatevertheheck his first name is?! Can’t do it, people. Too barfy for me. A friend of mine bought it and said that she can’t handle it, either. She let me read a page. I read the words ‘inner goddess’ and was thankful I didn’t spend the $$ at Barnes & Noble. I wish I could read that stuff. But it’s just not possible. (I bet this is gonna tick somebody off lol. Sorry in advance.)
Related idea, yet unrelated:

I love to read novels with my kids. I wish I could spend more time on it, but it can take soooo long to read a novel if you spend any time talking about it and working with it. I can usually only fit in about two a year in fourth grade. In third, the kids’ stamina didn’t really lend itself, so I was only able to do one. We had to spend a lot of time working with shorter texts.

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I put together a pretty nifty novel unit, but I still need to try one thing before I can post it to TPT.

It’s important for me to do these as shared readings. I want students to have copies of the books and be able to go back and find evidence to support their responses to text. In order to get enough copies, I buy them when they’re a dollar at Scholastic! I’m not sure if you do Book Orders (I thought everybody did, but I showed it to my sister-in-law and she said no one at her school knew of them!!) 

Scholastic Book Orders are the bestest. Of course, it’s a great way for your kids to get books at a reasonable price, but one of the best things is that for every dollar parents spend, you get a bonus point! You can get bonus bonus points at different brackets, and for specials and stuff, too.

So that’s how I get my book sets. I either buy them when they’re a dollar, or I use my bonus points to get them. (I also use bonus points to buy the kids a gift book at Christmas) 
You can go here to sign in to Scholastic Book Clubs online!

These are books I love to read with kids in the fourth grade:


Nick is a little boy with big ideas. One day, after learning from his teacher where words come from, he decides to call a pen a ‘frindle’ and it takes off.

Because of Winn-Dixie
Opal lives with her father. She finds a dog and her relationship with the dog helps her belong in her small town.

Walk Two Moons
Sal searches for her mother who left her and her father. The story unfolds a little at a time.

Love That Dog
Prose style. Jack doesn’t want to write poetry, but Ms. Sugarberry convinces him through reading great poets.

Esperanza Rising
Esperanza’s rich family loses everything and become migrant workers. Beautiful story.

These are the books I’ve used the most with kids. Which books do you love love love to read with your kids?

Also, check out my new Good Readers Strategies poster pack at TPT and TN

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  1. I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE Walk Two Moons! I just reread it last summer and I was bawling my eyes out at the end! So wonderful and sad.

    With my first and second graders, I just read Magic Tree House books during snack time. If I had a higher grade, though, I think I would read… The Phantom Tollbooth, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, and The BFG, just to name a few! Also, have you read The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry? Try it out; I thought it was hilarious!

    Marvelous Multiagers!

  2. Oops, I forgot to list some of my favorite books and I never miss an opportunity to talk about books. I also teach 4th grade and I love Holes by Louis Sachar, Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley, The Tiger Rising by our dear friend Kate, and The BFG by Roald Dahl just to name a few. Hehe!

    The Teaching Thief

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