Back to School

Today, I go back to school.

I am always surprised how excited I am for the first day of school. I have sixteen classes a week for three-year-olds through 4th grade. Around those classes, I schedule 5th through 8th grade book talks, information literacy, research skills and the classic, “scared straight” plagiarism lecture.

The first week, I go into the 5th and 6th grade classes to book talk for our Mock Newbery curriculum. The kids read from September to the January break. Then we have a critical discussion and vote right before ALA midwinter (I will post their comments here).

The teachers provide reading response activities, like asking students to create an advertisement for their favorite book, produce an alternative cover with a different title, write a letter as a character, create a mobile with symbols from the the book, and of course book discussions.

Here are the titles that I have chosen for this year. The selection represents not only the best, but a range of genre, like historical fiction, fantasy, etc.

A Season of Gifts, by Richard Peck

A Season of Gifts
Richard Peck
Retail Price: $16.99
Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: Dial – (2009-09-17)
ISBN / EAN: 0803730829 / 9780803730823

Al Capone Shines My Shoes, by Gennifer Choldenko

Al Capone Shines My Shoes
Gennifer Choldenko
Retail Price: $17.99
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Dial – (2009-09-08)
ISBN / EAN: 0803734603 / 9780803734609

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, by Jacqueline Kelly

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
Jacqueline Kelly
Retail Price: $16.99
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) – (2009-05-12)
ISBN / EAN: 0805088415 / 9780805088410

The Magician’s Elephant, by Kate DiCamillo and Yoko Tanaka

The Magician’s Elephant
Kate DiCamillo
Retail Price: $16.99
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Candlewick – (2009-09-08)
ISBN / EAN: 0763644102 / 9780763644109

The Dream Stealer,  by Sid Fleischman and Peter Sis

The Dream Stealer
Sid Fleischman
Retail Price: $16.99
Hardcover: 96 pages
Publisher: Greenwillow Books – (2009-09-01)
ISBN / EAN: 006175563X / 9780061755637

11 Birthdays, by Wendy Mass

11 Birthdays
Wendy Mass
Retail Price: $16.99
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press – (2009-01-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0545052394 / 9780545052399

Strawberry  Hill,  by Mary Ann Hoberman

Strawberry Hill
Mary Ann Hoberman
Retail Price: $15.99
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers – (2009-07-01)
ISBN / EAN: 031604136X / 9780316041362

The Year the Swallows Came Early, by Kathryn Fitzmaurice

The Year the Swallows Came Early
Kathryn Fitzmaurice
Retail Price: $16.99
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins – (2009-02-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0061624977 / 9780061624971

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon,  by Grace Lin

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
Grace Lin
Retail Price: $16.99
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers – (2009-07-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0316114278 / 9780316114271

The Dragon of Trelian, by Michelle Knudsen

The Dragon of Trelian
Michelle Knudsen
Retail Price: $16.99
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Candlewick – (2009-04-14)
ISBN / EAN: 0763634557 / 9780763634551

The Day of the Pelican,  by Katherine Paterson

The Day of the Pelican
Katherine Paterson
Retail Price: $16.00
Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Clarion Books – (2009-10-19)
ISBN / EAN: 0547181884 / 9780547181882

When You Reach Me,  by Rebecca Stead

When You Reach Me
Rebecca Stead
Retail Price: $15.99
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books – (2009-07-14)
ISBN / EAN: 0385737424 / 9780385737425

The Mostly True Adventure of Homer P. Figg, by Rodman Philbrick

Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg
Rodman Philbrick
Retail Price: $16.99
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: The Blue Sky Press – (2009-01-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0439668182 / 9780439668187

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