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From the Book Stack

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Dear America The Second Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart: Cannons at Dawn by Kristiana Gregory (Scholastic, 2011) is in Hannah’s book stack. It takes place during the Revolutionary War, which is one of Hannah’s favorite time periods. “This is the best book I’ve ever read,” Hannah said one night (after bedtime) when she came trotting downstairs with the closed book in her hand and a giant smile on her face.
“Really?” Andy said.
“Yes! You have to hear this part,” Hannah said, opening the book and beginning to read aloud her favorite part. When she finished, she said, “It’s great because it’s historical fiction but she falls in love too. I just love this story. I think I should read the first one.”
Hannah is currently reading The Little Princess, based on the recommendation of Stephanie. She plans to finish it this morning and start a creepy crawly mystery, The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall. This will be the first mystery that is more creepy than cutsie. We’ll see how she likes it.
Shark Phobia by Grace Norwich (Scholastic, 2011) is a favorite of Sam’s. It’s riding along with us in the car so he can look at it while going here and there. The pictures are big. The information is across the pages. It makes for a great read a little here and there. It would make an excellent choice to put beside your classroom door and read while kids are getting ready to go somewhere (lunch, special, recess) and lining up.
Not only does Sam appreciate an informational book, but he also likes humor. Therefore, Meow said the Cow by Emma Dodd (Scholastic, 2011) is continuing to make a regular appearance in his book stack. He loves Erroll by Hannah Shaw, so we were excited to find her new book, School for Bandits  (Knopf Books for Young Readers (A Division of Random House), 2011, review copy provided) filled with wit and fun. Sam and Stephanie love to snuggle together with this book. Their giggles fill the house while reading School for Bandits and then having to read Erroll again and again and again. One more, Farmyard Beat by Lindsay Craig & Marc Brown (Knopf Books for Young Readers (A Division of Random House), 2011, review copy provided), is making us laugh and tap our feet. Like most young readers, Sam and Stephanie appreciate the rhythm of this text.
And just because it doesn’t feel right not to include a YA book, here’s another from my book stack. Accomplice by Eireann Corrigan (Scholastic, 2011) is a  book of malice, manipulation, and sabotage. In addition it is also a book that made me think about friendship and how far will friends go for each other.
Looking forward to hearing a little about book stacks this weekend. What are you reading? What are you looking forward to reading?
See anything interesting in this stack?



Ruth Ayres View All

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3 thoughts on “From the Book Stack Leave a comment

  1. The Help and Kelley Gallagher – hmmm. Do you have different times you read one type of book and then another time for professional reading? Just curious. Loved the thinking you shared. I love hearing the stories you share about your young readers and their thinking. It’s an added bonus they are your kids this time. Professionally, I’m reading Catching Readers, grade K by Barbara M. Taylor. I’ve read several children’s books lately and just went to the library and got some more. 🙂


  2. I loved how you not only shared what they are reading but also gave us glimpses into the conversations about books at your house. I am going to read The Help for a book club with some of my co-workers for our early December meeting, so I am looking forward to it as a fun treat for Thanksgiving break. Most of my reading until July will focus on coursework and my dissertation. Right now I am reading books about narrative inquiry. I love them but am missing being able to read a wider range and look forward to a little bit more flexibility come July!


  3. What a variety! I love that your young reader shared a favorite passage with you and that she loves the book because it is historical fiction “but she falls in love too.” She pinpointed why I struggled when I tried to set up my classroom library according to sub-genres. So many books appeal to readers of multiple sub-genres. What a smart observation she made!

    I decided to use your post as a springboard to share my own:


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