I love when I get to read with the 4th graders. They bring out a book and read aloud to me, filling me in with what’s going on and sometimes asking what a word means. It’s always fun to see what interests them, especially when I know some of the authors. Last week I probably scared Sadie with my enthusiasm when I saw she was reading Sheep by Val Hobbs.
Me: Omigosh, Sadie, I’ll be at Val’s house tomorrow night! I’m taking a writing class from her!
Sadie, backing up a little: Wow, you know her? That’s cool…
Sadie’s sister gave her Sheep, which brings me to my point. Kids don’t look at best seller lists or choose a book because it won an award. Some will pick up books with interesting covers and good blurbs on the back. But mostly they choose books that they see their friends (or sisters) reading or hear about from the school librarian. And once they like an author, they’ll read anything by that person. (I found out that Sadie’s sisters and Mom own at least six of Val’s books!)
So when I saw Jen Robinson’s post about selecting reading material, I thought I’d go to some kids for recommendations. I’ve got two voracious readers living with me and here are their impromptu book lists:
Drew’s 4th Grade Recommendations
My mom and I have read all these books together and I reread them by myself too.
The Dark Lord
I’ll read any Star Wars book, but this is my favorite.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
I have all four books. They make me laugh out loud (and my mom, too).
Blood on the River
I just finished this for book club at school. It’s a historical novel about John Smith and the James Town settlers.
Drew is just starting the Percy Jackson series (one of MY personal favorites). I’m guessing it will become a favorite for him, too.
Jasmine’s 1st Grade Recommendations
The Wednesday Surprise
She loves this one because the kids surprise their daddy.
Nate the Great
She’s reading this book for Accelerated Reader.
The Magic Treehouse Series
I used to read these to her but now she reads them on her own.
This picture book still makes her laugh out loud every time she reads it.