I love books. I had a very hard time learning to read in first grade, so my mother, who was a reading specialist at the time, brought home some things she used with her struggling readers and taught me herself. Once I learned, well, I took off like a rocket. I read stacks and stacks and stacks of books every summer by participating in the summer reading program at our library. I had speed reading instruction in 3rd grade, so I learned how to read really fast. I will read a book I love over and over and over.

Stephanie and I have been talking a lot about books lately. She has a 6th grader, and I like to give her titles that I think he’ll like. I know there are lots of book memes and blogs, but I thought I’d list some of my favorites here. Most of them are kid’s novels–because that’s what I read growing up, and that’s what I read mostly now. I like to have a good batch of books to recommend to my students. Some of these are classics–a lot of these are quick reads–a couple of hours probably even though they are technically novels–and are well worth your time. Enjoy.

The Velvet Room- Zilpha Keatly Snyder

Up a Road Slowly- Irene Hunt

The Cay- Theodore Taylor

Tuck Everlasting- Natalie Babbit

Eyes of the Amaryllis- Natalie Babbit

Save Queen of Sheba- Louise Moeri

The Ordinary Princess- M.M. Kaye

Where the Red Fern Grows- Wilson Rawls

To Kill a Mockingbird- Harper Lee

The Mailbox- Audrey Shafer

The Penderwicks- Jeanne Birdsall

A Time for Andrew- Mary Downing Hahn

So B. It- Sarah Weeks

Anne of Green Gables- L. M. Montgomery

Anne’s House of Dreams- L. M. Montgomery (this one is Anne all grown up)

Dealing with Dragons- Patricia C. Wrede

Someone Is Hiding on Alcatraz Island- Eve Bunting

All of the Harry Potter books- J.K. Rowling


4 thoughts on “Books

  1. I haven’t heard of some of those. I’ll have to check them out for the girls. Next year I want to incorporate lots of read-to-me time into school time. Ooh, and summer’s coming!

  2. I loved your story-narrative-summary of The Cay. I can’t wait to find a copy of it at the library. Hopefully there’s an audio version there.

    Looks like I’ve got a lot of reading to catch up on…

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