I posted the below also to my classroom kidblog so it was written with my students as my audience. But now it is Tuesday so I thought I’d post it here, too.
It’s summer and I have read 4 books so far!!
I recommend them all for these reasons:
1. Gone Fishing, a novel in verse – If you’d like a fun, easy read, you’ll enjoy this story written in poems about one day when the main character goes fishing with his dad and sister. My favorite poem is the Fish Shape poem!
2. Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo – If you would enjoy a story written about 3 very interested girls who meet at a baton twirling class in 1975, you’ll like this story. ALL three girls have problems and together, they figure out how to deal with their problems. One reason I liked this book was because it reminded me of when I took baton twirling lessons also in 1975!! Also it is the newest book out by Kate DiCamillo, an author we spent time meeting during the school year!
3. The Turtles of Oman – you’ll enjoy this story if you can relate to a character who does NOT want to move to another country. This book made me want to read more nonfiction books about the country of Oman and about sea turtles.
4. The War that Saved my Life – You’ll like this story if you’d like to read another book set during WWII, like the book Echo we read together. Warning – the mother of the main character is a very, very, very mean mother. But the main character is very likable and she learns to succeed as she learns how to ride a horse. After reading this novel, I also wanted to reread the picture book, The Little Ships by Louise Borden.
WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN READING??!! Happy Summer Reading!!
NOTE about the process of my writing: By writing this post, I came to understand the importance of audience. I found it SO easy to say something about each book as I tried to “book talk” each because I was picturing my students. I chose to mention what I knew would appeal to them and the words appeared quickly on the screen. Having a audience is powerful! I guess just as powerful as this Tuesday audience is to me, too! Thanks, TwoWritingTeachers for giving me a weekly audience.