Friday, September 28, 2012

Friday Five: Books I love reading with Students

Although I'm teaching English Language Development (ELD) pull-out groups this year, I've been a 4th, 5th, and 6th grade teacher for the last 12 years.  And every year, I would choose books to read with my students that I loved so much and wanted to get them excited about. 

So, these are some of my favorite books to read with students:

LOVE this book - and it's really fun to do voices for
some of the characters.  It really makes my students laugh. 
 Love, love, love!

I didn't like this one so much the first time I read it,
but it's grown on me to the point where it's one of my favorites
to read with students - they can relate to a lot of the material.
A great retelling of a favorite fairytale.

A college professor in the teaching college made us read this and I fought and hemmed and hawed
so much because it sounded stupid and the beginning was boring, but once I got into it, I LOOOOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEEEDDDDDDDDDD it!
(Yes, I had to make it that big - tee-hee). 
Seriously, this book is just incredible, and I have taught it 9 out of my 12 teaching years. 
Strangely enouhg, these were all turned into movies (except No More Dead Dogs), but I read them before and was ultimately disappointed with the movies - I usually am. I did love the Tuck Everlasting Movie just as much as the book, though.

A couple of other books I've enjoyed reading with my students are: 
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
The Worst Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
A Long Way from Chicago and A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
The Black Stallion by Walter Farley and
Books 1-4 of The Shadow Children books by Margaret Peterson Haddix. 


  1. What? No "Ender's Game" or "Lord of the Rings?"

  2. I bought "Tuck Everlasting", but have yet to read it. Love "The Outsiders" and avoid "Bridge to Terabithia" bc it's sad.