I had a very productive and fun day with my friend and literacy guru, Carol. We started at our favorite Cover to Cover to peruse new books and ended up having a working lunch to talk about writing workshop in the primary grades.
While at Cover to Cover, Carol and I were able to fulfill one of my school year goals of having a short list of common read-alouds for each grade level at the intermediate school. We have both read a lot over the years and also had the expert staff at Cover to Cover to help us. We aimed to have two “classic/Newbery*” for each grade level and two “newer” read alouds. We also tried to take into account gender, ethnicity, etc.
Here is what we came up with:
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli *
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Patterson *
Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little by Peggy Gifford (review)
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look (review) (I think Moxy Maxwell and Alvin Ho really complement each other)
Hate That Cat/Love That Dog by Sharon Creech (review) (You can’t have one without the other!)
A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck *
Missing May by Cynthia Rylant *
Along Came a Spider by James Preller
Science Fair by Dave Barry
One-Eyed Cat by Norma Fox *
The Watsons Go To Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis *
The Underneath by Kathi Appelt (review)
The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester
I’m going to try to tackle Along Came a Spider by the middle of next week when I give them to the different grade levels. That way I will have read each grade level’s “classics/Newbery” and at least one of the newer titles. Science Fair and The Girl Who Could Fly will be put at the top of the To Be Read pile.
Yeah! Happy Reading for all our students and teachers.
Thank you Carol! I hope to post a link to your new blog before the end of the month!