Category Archives: Book Challenge

Book Challenge-#50

YEAAAAAAA!! I met my challenge that I made to myself to read 50 books over the summer!!!!!!!!!! This is my last post about it.

I just read a book that I ordered from to use in a mini lesson about reading and the different genres. Wild About Books by Judy Sierra was so cute!!! The librarian accidentally drives her bookmobile into a zoo, and the animals end up LOVING to read. If that’s what it takes to make my 6th graders love reading, then I guess I’ll have to get me a bookmobile!!! 🙂


Book Challenge-#49

Woohoo! I’m almost to my goal of 50 books for the summer!! 🙂

#49 was Ruby Bridges Goes to School-My True Story by Ruby Bridges. Yes, I had to read a picture book to keep going. It’s so close to school starting, and I have so much left to do!

This book would make a great little read aloud when teaching about the civil rights movement.

Book Challenge-#48

I just read Laura Candler’s Power Reading Workshop-Step by Step Guide by Laura Candler and loved it. Even though it still had some of the same things that make the reading workshop unique (like reading records, choice of what to read, teacher conferring with students), it also had some new GREAT things that I’ve never thought of.

My favorite “new” reading power tool was the Magazine Power Hour idea. You let the students read magazines once a month-they get in their non-fiction reading (which is what tests are usually dominated by), and it’s with high interest text! 🙂

There are several more reading tools in Laura’s book-check it out for yourself. The only thing that disappointed me was the lack of assessment ideas, but I have found this to sort of be across the board for reading workshop routines. The assessment pieces that they discuss are usually reading response letters(which I agree with), but mostly just “participation” type rubric grades. I feel that being responsible and on task DOES need to be addressed with the students and parents, but not as part of their report card grade. These types of grades can inflate a student’s grades which can be misleading where their true reading ability is concerned. (Just my opinion) 🙂

Here is the link to buy your copy of this book.

Book challenge-#47

Although this book is essentially a light read about the antics of a 6th grader, it still touches on a very real issue that we face each day in our schools-when a child can’t read or is behind grade level in their reading. This is something we see every day-it would be nice if there was a magic prescription that we could give students when they have reading problems. It sometimes seems like we are spinning our wheels.

Helen, a 6th grader with a reading problem, is the focus of this story. She acts out (because of her disability) a lot in school, gets in trouble quite often, and is the target for cruel children.

This will be my 1st read aloud this year (at the suggestion of Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisperer). Although I will use this book to set the stage for our own reading instruction, it will also be an opportunity for a lot of context clue work and compare/contrasts since it is an older book with references to things that the students won’t get. It will also be a good way to work in some character education development.

This is a must read for all teachers to truly understand the embarrassment that we can cause with whole class oral reading. Eye-opener.

 6th Grade Can Really Kill You by Barthe DeClements


Book Challenge-#46

Only 4 more books to go to meet my challenge for this summer! Will I make it before school starts next Thursday??? I wonder if book titles count??!! 🙂

I read this book last night after working in my classroom all day (and not really feeling like I got much done!).

The Boy Who Loved Words by Giselle Potter


This would be a GREAT read aloud for a mini-lesson on word awareness (word study) OR word choice in their writing!