Sunday, June 27, 2010

Summer Reading Update 6/27

I've been doing a lot of reading already this summer. Since I am teaching all new curriculum AGAIN next year, I have reading to do for school, plus reading I want to do for fun, and reading for professional development. I decided to alternate. After I finish a curriculum book I get to read a book for fun. I have been adjusting that some what; if I read a fun book really quickly, I let myself read a second fun book. Some times I'm reading two curriculum books or a curriculum book and a professional development book before a fun book. So here is my list from the past two weeks:

"Grown-Up" Fiction
The Broken Teaglass by Emily Arsenault
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

"Grown-Up" Non-Fiction
This Book is Overdue: How Librarians and Cybrarians will Save Us by Marilyn Johnson

YA/MG Fiction
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
How To Survive Middle School by Donna Gephart
A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban
Smile by Raina Telgemeier (graphic novel)
Eli The Good by Silas House
The Kind of Friends We Used to Be by Frances O'Roarke Dowell

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speares
Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen
The Crucible by Arthur Miller
Numbering All the Bones by Ann Rinaldi

Professional Development
Awakening the Heart: Exploring Poetry in Elementary and Middle School by Georgia Heard


  1. Hi, Natalee,
    Glad to see my book on such a fine list of books. I love all books Jerry Spinelli and Crooked Kind of Perfect is one of my favorites.
    Hope you have a lovely, book-filled summer.
    Best regards,
    Donna Gephart

  2. Thanks, Donna! I loved How to Survive Middle School and am considering using it as my first read aloud for my 7th grade next year.

  3. Thank you, Natalee! That's delightful news. Please have your students e-mail me, if they'd like, after reading.
    All best,