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Library Thing Reflection

Total number of books read: 152

Number of books that received awards: 8

Tally number of books for each genre/category: non fiction: 25; poetry: 4; novels: 14; easy read: 87
I have to fix my tags on some of the books. I found these figures by going through my list. Not by the tag feature.

Number of multicultural books: 14

Number of books including people with disabilities: 8

When you consider the criteria of genre, race, class, gender, culture, age, and ability level, I was very successful in seeking literature to reflect our diverse society. At the beginning of the semester, I wasn't very successful in finding the books that I needed. I wasn't familiar with the system. I wasn't sure how to search for the books, but over time I became very successful with finding the call numbers through read.uno.edu. I found out how to narrow my searches by typing in more detailed key words in UNO's databases.

From reading, I've gained a wider range of different authors, most of whom I've never heard of before. I've also learned the different aspects of children's literature and what it takes for a book to win an award, such as the Caldecott medal. Also, I've learned how to rely on a books illustrations to tell a different story than its text and how to conduct an author study. This class has taught me many valuable lessons that will be useful to teach in my future classroom.

In the beginning of the semester, I chose books mainly by size and pictures. I didn't spend too much time trying to find books. I basically closed my eyes and grabbed books. However, as the semester went on, I spent more time on UNO's data base to find books that would really interest me. I found that if I enjoyed the books that I picked out, or if I was reading for a purpose, it made the reviews easier and quicker to write. I've discovered that if you're not interested in the book, chances are your kids won't be either. You have to find a fun way to teach the less interesting books by using character voices, acting them out, or something other than just reading it. You have to instill the joy of reading in your students at an early age, or it'll become a choir and they'll dread reading as adults.

My favorite books were the books that featured people with disabilities. Those books gave me a huge sense of empathy and I loved how books such as, Mockingbird gave us a new perspective on These disabilities. I also loved Totally Joe because it was full of personality and bursting with pride.

My new favorite authors would have to be Chris Rashca, James Howe, and Jacqeline Woodson just to name a few. These authors really spoke to me in one way, or another. These are three that really stick out in my mind because their books spoke to me. Howe and Woodson had such strong personality and language shine through their books making their main characters extremely distinctive. Rashca had very beautiful illustrations that made his drawings easy to point out. I love when I can recognize authors right off the bat.

My favorite genre would have to be fiction. I enjoyed ALL of the required novels that we had to read. I guess I can even say I've gained a better appreciation of the fantasy literature novels that I've read. Fantasy isn't my favorite genre but after analyzing the authors and why they wrote what they wrote, I've come to understand them better. Lewis Carroll is my favorite fantasy literature author.

I tried to read these books to my little cousins, the children I baby sit and my god child whenever I could. They LOVED it! My little cousins wanted to read to me, so I let them, but I taught them how to read with expression and use character voices. You should've heard the laughs! My god child is only one, so she isn't too familiar with books, but most of them caught her attention really well. She loved turning the pages and pointing at the pictures. She especially enjoyed the books that had bright pictures and flaps or textures. I tried telling her to be gentle with the books and amazingly she understood to some degree that paper tears. It was amazing seeing her interact and turn the pages of the books when she's never had a book before. I try to read to her every chance I get.

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