Published in 2009, this is not a new book by Rebecca Stead. I have purchased her latest offering, Liar and Spy, for my classroom library this year, but have not yet read it. Let me tell you, When You Reach Me has everything I like in a book: great voice, terrific complex characters, and twists and turns to keep you guessing. A must read for your collection.
I was in California Pizza Kitchen while I read Extra Yarn by Marc Barnett and was just elated. I suppose my face showed a huge reaction because the waiter asked me what I was reading, and I excitedly told him about the book. This is a good one that speaks to your soul. So many themes have me picturing rich classroom discussions for next year: the choices we make, priorities, human relationships, and more. I will read and reread this next school year, I am sure.
I just finished reading Diary of a Fly and Diary of a Spider. I have long been an admirer of Cronin's first book Diary of a Worm, and often use that as a mentor text for journal writing. Now, I think it would be interesting to compare the points of view of each book, which is a Common Core standard.
For an adult read, I highly recommend The Dip by Seth Godin. Truly motivating for anyone. Godin emphasizes pushing yourself vs. settling for being mediocre. And who doesn't need to be reminded of that?
I have been a fan and follower of educator Pernille Ripp for a few years now. Her words in her blog posts are insightful as she writes about relinquishing control to the students and authentically assessing them.
Now, her anticipated book, Passionate Learners, has arrived, available as an e-book for now. In it she continues to challenge my ideas, and has the courage to back up her words with purposeful action. As for me, I am changing more slowly, but definitely share many of her ideas. This is a great book to give to both new teachers and veterans who are willing to rethink their practice.
The time is here to enter this challenge as so many of my favorite bloggers and their students do. Now that I am somewhat finished with major commitments (mathematics and gifted coursework, daughter's graduation, etc.), I am ready to begin. The first day of the challenge for me begins today, June 6, 2014. For the record, picure books as well as novels count, fiction and nonfiction, children's literature and professional books are all included. Anything except articles count. Real books. You can read more than one book on a single day, and a portion of a book another, as long as you average a book a day all summer. Will you join me?
So, today's conpleted read is The Dot, by Peter Reynolds. Yes, this picture book has made quite a splash. And, yes, I loved it as well. It may even make it to the first week of school read aloud list. Many more picture books on my to-be-read list.