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Anna Moody
Patricia Austin
Library Thing Database Reflection
November 23, 2012

As I examine my list of books, I believe I had successfully read a wide selection of books. At the beginning of the semester, I wanted to follow the weekly schedule of readings and to be sure I got the exact amount of each genre that I needed. Unfortunately, as the semester went on I began to dwindle on this desire. Fiction books are what took over most of my selections at 81 books. The next highest was picture books which I read 26 of. I believe I could have selected more fantasy and poetry books. I also found which type of books, author, and topics I enjoyed the best. I also discovered my own criteria for a good book that I would include inside my classroom.
I have never had a real interest in books that had realistic photographs in them or were about science. I believe I still steered away from those books for this assignment. The books I did enjoy however were the fantasy and books about babies; books about messes, blankets, toys, and growing up. I believe I read more of these books because of the fact I work in a day care and also that is the age that I enjoy most. According to my tally, I also read a lot of picture books. I think I did this because I wanted to truly experience the children’s book for all I could. I believe a good book with great illustration can truly be tremendous. But, a book with mediocre story and great illustrations is not enough to make a good book. One big criteria I had when rating my books was if there was a clear story line. If the book was nothing but saying what was shown with no climax or distinct conflict resolution then I rated it poorly. I plan on having story line books in my classroom now because of this assignment.
I also found an author that I enjoyed, Sarah Stewart. She only has a select few books written but I enjoyed each of them greatly. I will definitely have those books in my own classroom one day. I love their spunky characters but loving messages that they included. Her illustrations are lightly colored with a different twist to how the story is told. Some are letters from a character while some are just telling a story. These were some of my favorite books to read and would love nothing more than to have the whole collection in my classroom.
One novel I would like to incorporate into my classroom one day was Totally Joe. I loved the different topics discussed in Totally Joe as well as the spunk of the characters. Although, some of the plot was slow moving, it felt as though as I was reading a diary which I greatly enjoy. I think all the activities that can go along with this novel would be a great unit plan. I also believe because of this growing tolerance in our society that it could only strengthen that tolerance and love for others difference more within my own classroom.
Overall, at the beginning of the semester I was not big on reading nor had any real opinions about books, author, or genres. But, I have definitely grown big opinions. I have decided what type of books I enjoy most as well as the author that has captured my heart. I have grown to appreciate the amount of work that goes into a children’s book and how to notice aspects that an author selected and why. I learned a lot about myself as well as books during this semester and it was a real treat to do so.
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