Happy Monday Y’all! In efforts to continue to my reading challenge, all of my books are from the Fuse 8 Productions Top 100 Lists. I actually got pretty sick this week and I kept falling asleep while trying to read…OOPS! Despite all odds, I was still able to get in four hours of reading. WOOHOO!
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret written by Judy Blume
When 12 year-old Margaret’s family moves from New York City to New Jersey, she has to attend a new school and find new friends. She grapples with her lack of a defined religion throughout this novel as well with the complexities of being a pre-teen. From conversations about religion to bras to boys, Margaret is sure to give you a chuckle.
This book is truly a gem! It climbed up the list to one of my favorite Judy Blume books quickly….it might actually be my favorite. Judy Blume does wonderful at relating to the thoughts and feelings of pre-teen girls. Margaret is extremely relate able. I would use this book more as specific reading for pre-teen girls and not in my classroom as a whole.
Crispin The Cross of Lead written by Avi
This 2003 Newbery Medal winner is set in 14th century England. It is about an orphaned boy who is falsely accused of several crimes. Running for his life, Crispin meets a juggler who may be more than he seems and discovers a secret of his own.
Adventurous, intriguing, action packed, suspenseful are just a few words to describe this tale. I really enjoyed the book but I am not sure it is for everyone. It would be great in middle school to use as a Language Arts or Social Studies crossover lesson.
Where the Wild Things Are written by Maurice Sendak
Max is a mischievous boy who gets sent to his room for misbehaving. He ends up falling asleep and embarks on a journey to discover scary creaters. Max meets the monsters and becomes king but starts to miss his mother. Will Max go home or will the monsters rebel?
This story is mainly told through pictures. It has very detailed photos throughout the book. I would recommend this book for grades 1st or 2nd and have the students come up with adjectives and descriptive phrases to describe the illustrations.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar written by Eric Carle
“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” is a story of a caterpillar’s journey to becoming a beautiful butterfly. Wow, did I get flash backs with all of my readings this week. This book would be perfect for Kindergarten to reiterate numbers or days of the week. You could also use this book to go over food groups and what we should eat with students.
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback
When Joseph was a young man, he had an overcoat he loved. As the years passed by, the coat became worn and torn. BUT he was able to make it into a vest, a tie, patches, and a button! You can always make something out of nothing. A phrase we have all heard that Joseph takes to heart.
This is a fantastic book to show how one item can be reused again and again. I can see this book being used in grades Kindergarten through 5th. This book is also a great confidence booster and I would use it to help students when needed.
Bark, George by Jules Feiffer
George’s mother is trying to teach him how to bark but something is wrong. What could possibly be wrong? George must take a trip to the vet to see if they can fix it.
Not going to lie, this book reminded me of a cross between “There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly” and “No, David.” For the classroom, this book would be best for Pre-K or Kindergarten. I could use this book as a read aloud to familiarize students with different sounds that animals make or even make an educational game out of the book. Fun read overall but not my favorite.