Classroom Library

It is our classroom library—ours to learn from and share and enjoy for the entire year. Building a reading community begins by getting books into my students’ hands.

Donalyn Miller, INTRODUCING STUDENTS TO THE CLASSROOM LIBRARY 

The One Where I Read • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

This book rates five out of five. The story of friendship family, love and loss or major components of a book that can win the hearts of many young and old. Only forty years old, but I deem it a classic as it is timeless within its relatability in the past, present, and future.

The One With What I Read • The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl

I rate this book a three out of five stars. I am not enthusiastic of the overall plot against hunting. I am sure there are many families that disagree with such ideas. This would be a good book to place in a classroom library to be available to kids who wish to read a new idea, but I would do so with caution in our neighborhoods!

The One Where I Read • The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Alexander Kwame uses rhyme and rap to entice and engage the reader. The poems in this collection are medium in length, entertaining and speak to children in a way they are likely to relate. Most of the passages in The Crossover are about events that can
happen in a child’s life; such as relationships with friends and family, basketball action on the court, middle school, race, sickness, and death.

The One With the Book Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson

In this timely published masterpiece, Jacqueline Woodson models how to create a harbor in our homes, in our classrooms, and in our community. She provides a recipe for creating a culture in which our children, students, and citizens so desperately need right now.

The One Where I Book Tok Invisible Emmie by Teri Libenson

A relatable read with a message to be true to yourself, that I am looking forward to sharing with my middle schoolers. I love how the artwork made the story come to life. Adding Positively Izzy, Just Jaime, and Becoming Brianna to my TBR list.

The One Where I Read Refugee by Alan Gratz

This book is a must read for ALL children and adults to gain knowledge of past refugee stories and empathy for current ones. I was brought to tears many times as I related these historical events to modern times. It was eerie to see the many similarities and I became frustrated with how we are not learning from the mistakes of our past! The purpose in studying history is to make better decisions in the present. Yet, here we are with news of those seeking asylum at the United States border being tear gassed and refused of assistance. We must ask ourselves, why does this horrifying cycle continue to go on?