As summer has now come to an end and the 2015-2016 school year is about to begin, I find myself reflecting on what I did, and read, over the summer months. I had promised my students that any book they wrote down, that I had not already read, I would get done this summer. This helped to spur me on as I read more books in one summer than I ever have before. I couldn't let them down (they had been so excited to control what I read and wanted me to read the best of what they liked) and I wanted to be sure to set a good example. I told my students that if I liked the first book of a series, I'd keep reading, but if not, I would only read the first one.
Here is the list of books my students placed on my reading list:
- NBA Playbook by Fred Kerber
- Fangbone: Third-Grade Barbarian by Michael Rex
- I am LeBron James by Grace Norwich
- Animal Ark: Dog at the Door by Ben B, Baglio
- Dinkin Dings by Guy Bass
- Snoop Troop by Kirk Scroggs
- Superstars of History: The Good, The Bad, and The Brainy by R.J. Grant
- A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
- Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
- Divergent by Veronica Roth
- Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell
- Bone series by Jeff Smith
- So B. It by Sarah Weeks
- How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O'Connor
- Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black
- A Dog Called Kitty by Bill Wallace
- The Wickit Chronicles: Ely Plot by Joan Lennon
- Jungle of Bones by Ben Mikaelson
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
- Deadtime Stories: Little Magic Shop of Horrors by Annette & Gina Cascone
- any I Am...books or Who was...books
I am proud to say that I didn't let my students down, and read every book that they put on my list.
Some of the series were really good, and I kept reading. This included the Harry Potter series, the Bone graphic novel series, and the Spiderwick Chronicles. I read the first two Percy Jackson books, but did not read beyond that. Book series that I did not love, and so only read the first book, included A Series of Unfortunate Events, Dork Diaries, Divergent, and The Wickit Chronicles.
I am glad to say that, even though I did not love every book my students put on my list, I did not hate any of them either. My students have some really good tastes in books and did not disappoint or provide me with a boring summer. I look forward to requesting another summer reading list in May from mt new classes of 4th graders!