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Total number of books required books read and self-chosen: 101 books
Number of books by category:
Easy: 30
Poetry: 10
folklure: 5
fairytale: 6
fable: 10
nonfiction: 21
biography: 12
contemporary realistic fiction: 12
historical fiction: 8
fantasy: 3
science fiction: 0

Number of multicultural titles: 23
Books about people with disabilities: 11

Reflect on your database your list in terms of diversity. When you consider the criteria of genre, race, class, gender, culture, age, and ability level, how successful were you in seeking literature to reflect our diverse society?

Our society is made up of endless unique personnels. Our society ranges mostly on culture, interests, and challenges. Certain concepts within books are what brings people in our society together, especially those concepts that are on a personal level. Young readers connect with aspects of children's books, it helps them connect with something that may not be in their intimidate life. Sometimes, a child may have a hard time making sense of something. That particular child may pick up a book and find the answer to their unsolved mystery. Some young students have a hard time functioning in today's brutal society. The bullying, the teasing, and the unanswered questions cause our youth so much unnecessary stress and anxiety. I feel that my selection of books this semester convey the valued portrayal of positive messages translated through a large variety of different cultures. Children's books are a large portion of influences that keeps young students sane, and gives them hope for their future life. The non-fiction books in my selection also portray that the world is a huge and fascinating place, and that there is always more than what meets the eye.

What did you gain from all this reading? I gained a larger understanding of what creates a great children's book. I learned how much small details contribute to the larger picture. Sometimes the illustration's stories are different from the text, and commonly due to the lack of communication between the author and illustrator. Some children's books go intellectually deeper than I had ever imagined. New values and meanings were discovered in some of the books I read.

Did your selection process change over the semester? Yes it did. In the beginning I solely chose books based on the interest I had in the cover picture and title. Then I began using the keyword search more often for the library database, and read the summaries and availability before pursuing the search of the book. I always did prefer books with strong and/or hidden messages in the story.

What were your favorite books? Why? My favorite novel that we read is Mockingbird, because I got to read from a point of view from a condition that I did not understand. I enjoyed reading about how Caitlyn learned to “get it” and she learned to cope with the death of her brother. My favorite picture book that I came across was And Tango Makes Three. I thought it was a cute story, and found it interesting that it was one of the most banned books throughout libraries. It was nice to see something so “controversial” take part in a fight to help young readers accept others for their personal differences.

My New favorite authors: Leo Lionni (author study) and Emily Gravett. I was glad I came across Leo Lionni, though I'm sure I read his stories in elementary, considering he was born almost a whole century ago! I enjoyed learning about his recognizable style and his life story. I tend to prefer stories that involve animals, and his mostly did! I also liked Emily Gravett's style, even though I only read two of her books, they definitely stood out to me. Her interactive style and story within a story left an impression on me.

What genres did you enjoy the most? I mostly enjoyed contemporary non-fiction. Contemporary non-fiction involved the potential for anything realistic and impressive to happen, without actually having to had occur. The possibilities are endless for making up a realistic story which is more relatable to a young reader. I also liked historical fiction because it takes it's inspiration from another era in time and creates a new story to accompany. This style revives the past that we will never get to experience again with an interesting story.

Did you read books to your own children? What was their response? I had never, before this class, read any books to children. The field experience component was my first time ever presenting any type of literature to children. The response that I had received for my field experience was very exciting, though.
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