Earlier this summer, I read "The Death of Reading is Threatening the Soul," by Phillip Yancey. I found the article really troubling and and have been thinking about it ever since. I decided to put together a list of books that captures some of the reasons that I read.
Books bring me joy.
Plastic dinosaurs wreak havoc throughout a classroom.
How-to text, each page features a different scene throughout the school year.
Considering using this one as a mentor text with third or fourth graders for our first writing/creating project the first day of school.
Kate and Jim McMullan
Kate and Jim McMullan, the authors of I STINK, I'M DIRTY, I'M BRAVE
(and lots more) are back with a story about a school bus.
Books help me understand myself.
For anyone who has ever tried out the diving board or faced a fear.
Books teach me how to treat others.
A girl's small kindness creates a chain reaction in the world around her.
I thought this was brand new, evidently it's a re-release of a book originally published about 15 years ago. Pair this with EACH KINDNESS
Books help me understand other perspectives.
Perfect to think about perspective or introduce a unit on persuasive writing.
Short and funny, but also a terrific message about the impact our actions have on those around us.
Books are a window into other times and places.
An Italian child is forced to leave a much loved sculpture and immigrate to New York when his family's safety is threatened by World War II. Be sure to read the author's note.
I'll be using this book with our middle schoolers, who begin the year with a unit on immigration.