My goal when I began 2012 was to read 1000 books. As of 3:19 P.M on April 22, I have read 545. I’d say that I’m off to a pretty good start. I decided to reflect on my reading and write a little bit about 20 books that stand out.
Wednesday: 5 Great Re-Reads
Thursday: 5 Great 2012 Reads (Picture Books/Graphic Novels)
Friday: 5 Great 2012 Reads (Middle Grade Novels and Chapter Books)
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
I keep re-reading and re-listening to this book. I cry each time. During my most recent rereading, I cried in a totally new spot. If you are an audio book fan I strongly recommend this book on audio. The 5 narrators totally knock this book out of the park.
By: E.B. White
I think Charlotte’s Web may be the best elementary age novel ever written. Rereading it helped me to realize that this book truly is amazing and timeless. A 2012 book that I will blog about at the end of the week reminds me a lot of Charlotte’s Web.
By: Sarah Stewart
Pictures By: David Small
The Library is an easy book to love. After meeting Sarah and David at a children’s literature breakfast, I fell in love with this book all over again. This probably sounds dumb, but seeing how cute of a couple they are, made me love this book even more.
The Ox Cart Man
By: Donald Hall
Illustrated By: Barbara Cooney
I just love the cleverness of The Ox Cart Man. As I write this, I realize that I’ve never read this book to students. That makes no sense. I need to read and discuss this book with kids. I’ll have to fix this soon.
Hound Dog True
By: Linda Urban
I feel blessed that I was able to share Hound Dog True with my students as a read aloud after holiday break. Each time I re-read Hound Dog True I appreciate it more. Sometimes when I re-read, I start to find things I don’t like about books that I loved the first reading. With Hound Dog True, each time I read it, I realize that I didn’t love it enough in the previous reading.
Check back tomorrow to see some of my favorite picture books and graphic novels of 2012 (so far).