The runaway hit for Mr. Grunau's first grade was The BFG. This could be great as a read-aloud this summer. Mr. Grunau read it once, and the movie version is coming out this summer. The comfort of a familiar story plus the anticipation of the big screen? Could be a home run. And even if the movie isn't exactly like the book, won't it be fun to talk about?
What are some of your favorite (or not-so-favorite!) page-to-screen stories?
Mr. Schu's blog, Watch. Connect. Read. has author interviews and book trailers - yes, just like it sounds - instead of movie trailers, there are book trailers! Mr. Schu loves books and shares that love through his blog - you can find out what's new and exciting there! Scroll down to June 23rd to see a trailer for a graphic novel retelling of Snow White, by Matt Phelan, and then further down to June 22nd to see a funny trailer for The Field Guide to the Grumpasaurus, by Edward Hemingway.
What a fun way to look for something new to read! Did you see anything that had to go on your #ToRead list?
Two Kepler teachers got to go to the Reading Summit this year and hear from authors, other teachers, and bloggers. Ms. Tsutsui described it as "Disneyland for books" - I agree. One of the most interesting takeaways for me was the idea that books can be windows and mirrors. Windows give us a look into another person's life, and mirrors let us see who we are and know that our lives matter enough to be worth writing about.
One of my earliest window books was Brighty of the Grand Canyon. I was young enough and sheltered enough to be shocked that anyone would hurt an animal. Brighty was a tough little guy, though, and he survived and even thrived - I won't tell you more in case you want to read Marguerite Henry's retelling of real events in the life of a funny and resilient burro living along the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in the early 1990s.
What "window" book made an impact on you?
Here's a detail of the end pages art from my own childhood copy.
Ever wondered what Jeff Kinney thinks are good books? How about Rick Riordan? Take a look at our updated book recommendation page (click the menu button on the upper left corner to see the other pages for this site).
7th graders are looking for a variety of books. Ranger's Apprentice series is a swords-and-sorcery epic saga spanning 12 volumes before creating a new spin-off, BrotherBand. Alice in Wonderland is a classic absurdist fairy tale. Ever After High is a fractured fairy tale series with the children of famous characters (Snow White, Prince Charming, etc.) attending a boarding school together. The website TV Tropes has a fascinating collection of patterns in television.
Did you know several of this summer's movies were books first? Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children has a whiny protagonist, but very fun supporting characters with fascinating pictures. What will you be reading this summer?
Here's what Fresno Public Library has to say on their Facebook Page: "Hey kids! Have you checked out BookFLIX yet? Get your library card and go to http://www.fresnokids.org/ and find the BookFLIX link and click!"
Come to the Betty Rodriguez Regional Library from 10 to 2 on Monday for the Summer Reading Kickoff, and sign up for the library's Summer Reading program.
3040 N Cedar Ave
Fresno, CA 93703
The names have been cropped out, but one of our third grade classes has some fun books listed! From Whatever After to Harry Potter to Wings of Fire to Percy Jackson to Dragon Master to No Dogs Allowed to Minecraft books to Lucky Hat and Ramona the Brave - it's quite a range! See anything that sparks your interest? What will YOU read this summer? #feedtheread16 #summerreading16
Summer is the chance to read what you've been wanting to read! Trips to the store, waiting in an office, sitting by the pool -- all of these are perfect times to read. The public library is nice and cool - you can go find new books when you finish the ones you've got.
If you'd like some ideas, here are some links of suggested reading. If you read something you like, let us know! What grade would it be good for?
Here is a slide show by Publisher's Weekly with a selection of picture books. If you want books about baseball, a dad wrote a list of books he and his child enjoyed.
More suggested reading coming. What kind of books would you like to see listed?
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