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TagsK-3 (67), easy (61), multicultural (18), friendship (15), novel (12), gr. 3-6 (11), nonfiction (11), family (11), biography (9), creativity (9) — see all tags

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The total amount of books I logged into Library Thing is 100. I heard many more read in class but only logged the ones I personally read. I have read 61 easy books, 5 poetry books, 4 folklore books, 11 nonfiction books, 9 biography books, 4 contemporary realistic fiction books, 3 historical fiction books, 3 fantasy books, and 2 science fiction books. For a majority of the semester I was under the impression that each book could only be designated as one of these categories so many of the easy books I read may fall into these other categories as well. I have also read 18 multicultural books and 8 books including disabilities.
I believe my reading list to be diverse because I have read every genre that I am aware of. I have read books including various races or dealing with prejudices. I have read about poor, middle, and even royal classes. I have read about various cultures including Asian, American, Middle Eastern, Latin, African, and European. I have read books ranging in levels from Preschool through young adult and even to all ages. Having read books to this extent of diversity definitely reflects the diverse society we live in. The books that include different family situations, unique personalities, and people of an assortment of backgrounds are ones that can be representative of our diverse community.
From all of this reading I have gained the knowledge of the content of one hundred children books. When I am a teacher I will have a huge selection to choose from when deciding on which books to read to support different themes and lessons. I have also already come up with many activities to correspond with these books so, as a teacher I can easily look through my Library Thing to recall my ideas.
I selected these books by using the read.uno.edu search engine to find books on subjects I wanted to learn more about or what types of books I thought would be most functional in a classroom setting. However, I did come across a few books that I did not find to be fitting for a classroom. Some of these I left out of Library Thing, but others I added just so I can also check my Library Thing for books that I want to ensure that I do not read in class. My selection process pretty much stayed the same over the course of the semester, however when I saw that I was lacking in one category of books I would use the search engine to find more books of that category.
A few of my favorite books were Totally Joe, The Enemy, What Does Peace Feel Like?, and Squids Will be Squids. I fell in love with these books because I feel that each of them have an important message, would be enjoyable to young readers, and can be easily implemented into curriculum along with corresponding activities. My new favorite author that came out of this is Jon Scieszka. I had loved his book, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs as a kid and this class gave me the opportunity to explore more of his pieces and even learn more about him as a person through my author study. I am so drawn to his books because they are quirky and interesting. I like to think of him as the “Tim Burton of children’s literature.” Students want to read when the text is not predictable, and Scieszka writes in an unpredictable manner. His words are accompanied by Lane Smith’s illustrations and they make the books just as interesting as the text. Their combination creates books that are humorous, engrossing, and unconventional.
The genres I enjoyed the most were contemporary realistic fiction, fiction, and poetry. I feel that these genres give the most room for readers to analyze, find symbolism, and sometimes draw their own conclusions and I believe that these things are the most important concepts to think about when teaching literature. Overall I am pleased with the collection of books I am now knowledgeable of. I think that Library Thing will be a useful tool in my future and that I now have more power to select the most suitable books regarding what I would like to teach to my students.
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