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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Review: Read, Read, Read!

Read, Read, Read! Read, Read, Read! by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book. It is a cute poetry book for kids. Each poem is about reading and includes different types of reading kids can relate to. From reading a ceral box, to street signs, to Sunday comics. The illistrations are well done. This is a great book for elementary classrooms or as gifts for younger readers. I read this as apart of #booktrek.

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Review: The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness

The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness by Todd Rose
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this audiobook. It was a great look at what we consider is "the average." I highly recommend this book to anyone to read. As a teacher, this book was a great PD read. I liked the idea of moving away from the focus on the "average" person and to focus more on the individual. To look at peolpe's strengths and not random pieces we feel they should have or be able to do. The author brought up some great examples and stories to help illistrate his point.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Review: Science Comics: Plagues: The Microscopic Battlefield

Science Comics: Plagues: The Microscopic Battlefield Science Comics: Plagues: The Microscopic Battlefield by Falynn Christine Koch
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this graphic novel. The set up for this book was very interesting and would be an excellent book for students to read. It really goes into the science of plagues and germs and the different types or microorganisms. It also explores some of the newer science and where we may be going and how humans relationships with disease has and keeps changing. If you have a kid who loves science this series is something you need to look into. I did recieve a copy of this graphic novel from Net Galley in exchange for a review. This book is scheduled to be published August 29th.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Review: Grit

Grit Grit by Angela Duckworth
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a very interesting book. It explains how talent is not necessarily the most important part of success. But how hard you are willing to work. How long you are willing to stick with something, even if it is hard. I thought her research was very interesting. and she gave me a lot to think about. This is a great book for teachers, parents, or anyone who works with children. This is also a good book for anyone who is interested in becoming "gritter."

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Why I feel it is important to read as a teacher

One thing that has always confused me is when teachers tell me they don't read, especially English teachers. I have had some tell me they don't like reading. For me this is a huge problem. How can you foster the love of reading in students if you haven't found your passion for books? Now I understand that I am obsessed with books and read more then the average person. I do think if you are a teacher, especially english and reading, you should at least enjoy reading. I find the kids listen to my recommendations and come to me to help them select books because they know I read and I do let them know what I am reading. Because I read I can recommend books and can help students select books. Which I think is an important element of education. If a student does not know how to select their own books they are less likely to read for pleaure. You are the expert in the room and the students rely on you to help guide them and show them how to select books. This is a huge hurtle to some kids. I think we also need to take what they like to read seriously. Too many kids are shut down because thier books are "too short", "the wrong level", "graphic novels don't count". You are limiting thier choices. Now we do need to make sure kids are reading on the proper level and pushign themselves with appropriate texts. But how we go about assisting students in imporant.

Review: Poetry for Kids: Walt Whitman

Poetry for Kids: Walt Whitman Poetry for Kids: Walt Whitman by Walt Whitman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was very impressed with this volume. It has poems and excerpts of poems by Walt Whitman. Each poem has vocab words define that may give the kids trouble. It has lovely illustrations that accomany each poem. It also has brief explainations of the poems in the back to help kids understand the context. I would highly recommend this to kids who are interested in poetry. I received a copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. It will be published on May 1st, 2017.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Review: The ABC's of Physics

The ABC's of Physics The ABC's of Physics by Chris Ferrie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a very cute book. I can't wait to buy a copy of this for my baby's library. It deals with some great scientific concepts. This would be great for toddlers (as well as younger kids) but this is a really well done intorduction into Physics. I was very inpressed with this book. I was given a copy of this book from Net Galley for an honest review. This book will be published October 3rd!!

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Review: Broadway Baby: My Favorite Things: An illustrated sing-along to the Sound of Music

Broadway Baby: My Favorite Things: An illustrated sing-along to the Sound of Music Broadway Baby: My Favorite Things: An illustrated sing-along to the Sound of Music by Walter Foster Jr Creative Team
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a very cute book. It is the song My Favorite Things from The Sound of Music. It had vibrant colors and adorable illistrations. I also liked that they included some brief information about the Von Trapps in the back of the book. I would recommend this for babies. It is scheduled to be released September 19, 2017. It would make a great christmas present for the little ones in your life. I recieved a copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for a review.

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Review: Science Comics: Sharks: Nature's Perfect Hunter

Science Comics: Sharks: Nature's Perfect Hunter Science Comics: Sharks: Nature's Perfect Hunter by Joe Flood
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This graphic novel goes into different types or sharks and their enviornments. It was facinating and the illistrations really help. This is a fantastic book for middle or high schoolers. It uses a lot of the academic language and has great information in it. This would be a great text to have in a science or language arts classroom. I received a copy of this from Net Galley in exchange for a review. But when this book is released I will be buying a couple for my classroom library. This title is scheduled to be published April 17, 2018.

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Review: Charles Dickens and the Street Children of London

Charles Dickens and the Street Children of London Charles Dickens and the Street Children of London by Andrea Warren
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a fasinating look at Charle Dickens. It talks about some of the great things he did and just how much he influenced the people of his time. It also mentions other figures and how they influenced society and Dickens. This is a great book for people interested in the author. It would be great for middle grades and up.

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