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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Help me Choose books for Kids

I am a teacher and have been asked to choose books for my students to read each quarter. I would really appreciate your advice on which books to choose.

For fifth grade, we are already enjoying Ingrid Law's Savvy and will read Paul Fleishman's Bull Run starting in October. But what about second semester? I must choose one book from each of these lists.

3rd quarter
The Great Depression

Bud Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
The Happy Yellow Car by Polly Horvath
A Long Way to Chicago by Richard Peck
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor

For the fourth quarter I plan to have the fifth graders read Number the Stars by Lois Lowry.

Fourth grade is already loving Indian in the Cupboard but the future options include
2nd Quarter
American Revolution

The Fighting Ground by Avi
George Washington's Socks by Elvira Woodruff
Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
My Brother Sam is Dead by JHames and Christopher Collier
Sarah Bishop by Scott O'Dell
Tolliver's Secret by Ester Wood Brady

I've already had two votes for Scott O'Dell.

3rd Quarter
Westward Expansion

Captain's Dog: My Journey with the Lewis and Clark Tribe by Roland Smith
Dear Levi: Letters for the Overland Trail by Elvira Woodruff
Streams To The River, River To The Sea by Scott O'Dell

4th Quarter
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
The Road to Memphis by Mildred D. Taylor
The Castle Corona by Sharon Creech
The Door in the Wall by Marguerite De Angeli
Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: Voices fro a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz
Igraine the Brave by Cornelia Funke
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

I'd appreciate your comments on these books. Thanks so much!


Anonymous said...

When I saw this, I thought it was a choice. I was thinking of books that I loved in when I was younger. I was thinking A Wrinkle in Time and Z for Zachariah, or when I was real young, maybe third grade, Charlotte's Web. Maybe The Outsiders.

I was never that much into those type of books that are on your reading list when I was younger. By the time I was around fifth grade I was reading Stephen King (I didn't think suggesting Pet Semetary would be appropriate...LOL). Unfortunately, I can't really remember the books I was forced to read in school, because they just didn't really interest me.

I can say Artemis Fowl has my vote. Oh, and My Brother Sam is Dead.

BookChook said...

Is it possible for the kids to choose their own books at your school at all?

Joyce Lansky said...

Thank you for your comments. Kids choose their own books in the AR program and in literature circles in regular classrooms. In the gifted program, the board has written a new literature based curriculum that works around specific books. I am required to teach multiple subjects out of these books. Since I'm choosing, I want to select books that they will enjoy. So far, they are absolutely loving Savvy, and Indian in the Cupboard has been well received too.

Kim said...

Former 5th grade teacher here. LOVE My Brother Sam is Dead and Number the Stars. As a kid, I loved The Egypt Game too.

Good Luck!