I teach 2nd grade. I read children's literature all day long. So, of course, when I get home all I want to read is more. There is such an abundance of quality literature out there, it's ridiculous. Classics are great, but I'm a huge fan of connecting students to books that are current, diverse, and make sense in their lives.
For a few years I have been a part of a book club with a few of my close friends. We were nerds in high school and we're nerds today. My students know that I'm in a book club and we talk about how it's okay to talk about books, share books, and not like every book you read.
This month it was my turn to choose the read. I wanted to do something we hadn't done before. My twitter has been blowing up with Mock Newbery lists and I thought about how behind I was in reading this year's new children's lit. My good friend and fellow book clubber is a children's librarian. She willingly shared a list of potential Newbery winners she had at the ready. We sent out the list and told the group to read as many or as few of the books as they'd like. Shortly, we will discuss which book we think deserves the win and watch the results roll in. Excited, I went to the library checked out a fresh stack of books and put about another dozen on hold. I am only two books in at the moment, but I am super stoked about this challenge. Watch for future posts about my favorites! (Hint: they might all be my favorite).
Teacher, reader, tea drinker, and dog mom.