I am totally cool with this trend of facebook. Books are important in everyone’s life. They open up new worlds, new ideas, and let us know that we are not alone. I have never been able to say I have a “favorite” book, but these are the ones that have helped to shape who I am as a reader/person. I have written this list in a semi-chronological order.
This was the original post: In your status, list 10 books (or series) that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take more than a few minutes and do not think too hard. They do not have to be the “right” books or great works of literature, just ones that have affected you in some way
- Charlotte’s Web – My second grade teacher, Mrs. James, cried while she was reading this to us in class. That was a day I believe was the catalyst for me becoming a teacher.
- The BFG – This was the first book that I thought was just plain cool.
- A Wrinkle in Time (and the rest of the series) – This was recommended to me in middle school when my teacher realized that I was not being challenged by what we were reading it class. I felt special that the teacher picked it for me and it made me realize that was totally right.
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower – I don’t remember buying many books in high school that weren’t for class. Actually, this is the only one I remember buying and I have reread it many times since.
- The Poisonwood Bible – I read this for my AP summer assignment in 12th grade. It was new then and it was really the first adult, contemporary work of fiction that I read. I love it so much my students now read it for their summer assignments.
- The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay – Love. The story is complex and completely approachable and solidified my desire to read the yearly major award winners.
- Underworld (DeLillo) – The class I took in college that I loved the most was a course solely on DeLillo and Doctorow. I could have put every book I read that semester on this list, but this one meant the most to me.
- Pride and Prejudice – I have read every offshoot of Pride and Prejudice that I have found over the past ten years or so, I have problems.
- The Book Thief – I read this my first year of teaching and I have read it at least three times since. This confirmed my love of YA literature and the writing, story, characters are some of my favorite.
- 10. Little Owls Night – My life has come back around to children’s literature. This is the first book that memorized as a family after Emma was born. We read it every night for months and it will always hold a special place in my heart.
I would love to see your lists. What would you include?
I’ve said it before and I will say it again…next time I find a cute snuggie I am buying it for my classroom. So chilly!
My daughter started her first day of preschool today and instead of focusing on the ridiculous amount of emotions I have gone through today I am going to focus on this…connections.
Montessori is all about learning to be responsible, self starters and to start that off our school asks new students to bring in a plant. Sunday night I went out to get a pot and instead of buying one I bought three. We all (Mom, Dad, and Emma) spent a part of Sunday night taking baby hens and chickens and repotting them in our own little pots. Each of us has a pot to take to school on Monday.
What made this even more special? I got these hens and chickens from my mom’s plants, who got them from her mom’s plants, who got them from her mom’s plants. My daughter was able to start her educational career with something that connected her all the way back to her great-great-grandmother.
My pot is in the middle and it is now sitting in my room next to my other plants reminding me of all of the important people in my life and that is pretty cool.
Hello! I am a rising junior (in high school!) and with school quickly approaching I've been thinking a lot about my 7th grade English teacher who really impacted me. The other day in yearbook camp my adviser mentioned even teachers get nervous on the first day back to school which, as a student, I had never really thought of. Since she impacted me so deeply I want to do something nice for her, especially with back to school coming up! Would it be appropriate to send her an email or something?
Who doesn’t like to get nice words sent their way? Keep it appropriate and keep it positive.
Good luck with the start of school!
But instead I have:
Played with Legos
Eaten at least two apples
Made baked oatmeal muffins while wearing fun aprons
Discussed the awesomeness of Olaf panties
I made it through the first few days with students with an only slightly miserable cold; however, now that the weekend is here I feel like this cold has knocked me on my butt.
Sometimes, not often, we go to the library as a class to check out books. I walk around and make suggestions based on things like favorite movies, tv shows, and sports. I love this time in the library. The kids get to see my geeky, excited side while at the same time realizing how much I actually know about all kinds of fiction.
Here is my issue:
Multiple times, in one class period, I was able to get a kid really jazzed about a book only to find out that they couldn’t check anything out because of overdue charges.
I get it, but it is also the reason I feel I have to keep such a large personal library in my room.
How do you guys feel about this?