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# of children's books read or heard in entirety of semester: 110+

easy: 34

poetry: 9

folklore: 12

non-fiction: 22

biography: 10

contemporary realistic fiction: 4

historical fiction: 3

fantasy: 5

science fiction: 2

multicultural: 2

disabilities: 10

I feel as though the literature I have chosen and read throughout the semester was thoroughly diverse, but it could be improved. All of the books I read were suitable for a wide range of ages and could mostly relate to either gender. There was definitely a variety of books to choose from according to ability level beginning with easy picture books going all the way to eighth or ninth grade. However, I now realize that I should have included some young adult books. I also should have been more aware of how many multicultural books I've read, or lack thereof. I knew I'd have more easy books than the other genres but the rest are not as evenly distributed as I would have liked them to be. I'm kind of disappointed that I've only read two science fiction books because I really liked "When You Reach Me".

I can honestly say, although time-consuming, I truly enjoyed all of the reading I've done for this semester. I learned so many new things and even gained a new favorite author that I can't wait to share with my future students (Emily Gravett). I learned about various literary awards such as the Caldecott and Pura Belpre. I learned to pay more attention to illustrations because they can tell a story in itself. Those are just a few of the things that I've benefited from all of the readings. At first, I was just selecting books by reading titles and picking randomly off of the shelves. Then, for the purpose of this assignment and for my own benefit, I began to search books in the online catalog and read reviews about them before making my selections. I now have plenty of books which I can call favorites. Off the top of my head, pretty much anything by Emily Gravett is definitely at the top of my list with books such as "Wolves" and "The Rabbit Problem". I loved the surprise ending in "Wolves" and the uniquely written story of "The Rabbit Problem". Her illustrations are wonderful and I love how she doesn't stick to the typical 'happily ever after' ending. Another one of my new favorites that I will rave about for the rest of my life is "Totally Joe". I absolutely adored this book and will recommend it to anyone. Some genres that I enjoyed the most were poetry and realistic fiction. I've always loved poems and I like reading books that I can somehow relate to. Overall, I'm taking away so much information that I will use for all of my future years as a teacher, and I won't say it was easy, but this assignment definitely well worth it.
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