Fly Away Home and The Wall are also great classics by Eve Bunting. The first touches upon homelessness and the second explores feelings of the survivors of war veterans.
While many of my colleagues around the globe are participating in the National Book-A-Day Challenge (where educators average reading 1 book per day of their summer vacation), I have decided to simply read more than last summer. With Montessori and STEM training, I think this is enough.
Mostly, I am reading books that are already on my student shelves, and that they have approved, but I have not yet read.
I am obsessed with anything written on Albert Einstein, and I love a good picture book. This one is a great introduction, including his early academic struggles and happy personality. Easily a good research resource, it also speaks to having a growth mindset.
I take pride in knowing that I can almost always select a book for even the most reluctant reader that they will love, and that nearly all my students become readers for life, even if they didn't enter that way. Yep, no reading logs or daily assigned reading, but rather reading in class that seeps into reading after class.
So, I am busy reading all those books on my list this summer before my Montessori training begins. Here are some more finds.
Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci is a wonderful account and explains the heart of a mathematician.
The Scar had me in tears from the first line! I have already decided to read it aloud in September.
The Friar Who Grew Peas is the story of Mendel as the father of heredity.
I also read Freedom River, which is definitely a keeper because of its historical importance. I think we all deserve to know more names than Harriet Tubman.
Currently, I am reading Roots (I can't believe I never read it in all these years) and Absolutely Almost, which I have been trying to read for years.
What are you reading?