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CollectionsEDLS 3100 (102), Your library (1), All collections (102)

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TagsEasy (64), Nonfiction (40), animals (27), biography (15), Character Development (13), Award Winning (10), Novel (10), making a difference (10), Poetry (9), strong girl character (9) — see all tags

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Total: 101
Easy Fiction Picture Books: 43
Nonfiction Books: 37
Novels: 8
Poetry: 6
Biographies: 18
Graphic Novel: 1
Folklore/Fairy Tales: 3
Contemporary Realism: 5
Historical Fiction: 2
Science Fiction/Fantasy: 3
Disabilities: 4
Multicultural: 17
EDLS 3100 Reflection

As I look back on my database of books for this semester, I feel I could’ve done much better. Not only do I wish I had read more books in general, but I feel my picture books collection in general is not the most diverse. While I find that I balanced my ratio of male-to-female authors really well (1:1 according to Library Thing), I think I could have sought out more picture books about disabilities, different cultures, and gay/lesbian issues. Some of these diversity problems could probably have been solved by simply reading more books in the first place. I am embarrassed to say that my database is tragically small. In hindsight, I realize that perhaps even bringing in a list on specific titles suggested by online sources for matching those different topics listed above could have been useful. It seems each time I walked up to a bookshelf to grab books for a particular topic, I found myself drawn instead to books with the most colorful covers or playful titles. With so many of my friends taking up the cause of feminism as of late, many of my other book choices began to revolve around finding strong, role-model-worthy female characters in children’s literature. However, I am extremely proud of my balance between fiction and nonfiction. No, it’s not a perfect 50-50 balance between the two, but it’s much closer than I anticipated it being in the beginning of the semester.
Despite the less-than-impressive size of my collection, I feel I gained a greater sense of purpose for children’s literature in the classroom. It’s easy to forget sometimes how quality books can say more in a few pages than I could in a week’s worth of lessons. Nonfiction often blends so well with fiction, each helping students’ comprehension with the other.
As evident by my reviews on Library Thing, I consider a great many books to be my “favorite”! Out of the ones read as a class, I think When You Reach Me and Mockingbird win out over the others, simply because in both cases I didn’t want to put the book down. I have found an unexpected appreciation for Ian Falconer’s Olivia books as well. I’m finding that I really appreciate biographies in children’s literature as well. I never was very good at picking favorites though, and am sorry to say that probably each genre could be called my favorite, depending on the day! Throughout this semester, I found great joy in reading a book for this class, then sharing it with students I teach/tutor in other classes. Sometimes my selections were perfect matches with the students, other times we switched books after two pages.
I think this class will really have a lasting effect on my lifestyle now and in the future. I loved reading as a child, but sort of fell out of the habit of it as I grew older. Many of these books reawakened a desire for reading I me again, for which I am very grateful. I keep making lists of books I didn’t have time to read this semester, but could over the summer. I am intrigued by the mentioned Book Whisperer, about a teacher who inspires reading in her students. I’ve also found methods for discovering quality books for reading rather than picking book sat random from shelves, though perhaps later than I would’ve liked. Perhaps I will never master the art of book tagging on Library Thing and other databases, or even that of reviewing, but I do know I will read and evaluate books differently because of this class.
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