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Caroline Fontenot Library Database Reflection

120 Total number of books read
34 Total number of Easy books
13 Total number of Poetry books
10 Total number of Folklore books
29 Total number of Nonfiction books
9 Total number of Biography books
9 Total number of Contemporary Realistic Fiction Novels
11 Total number of Historical Fiction Novels
14 Total number of Speculative Fiction Novels
14 Total number of Multicultural books
6 Total number of books read about people with disabilities

Overall, I feel that I did select a wide range of books that covered many different classes, genders, cultures, ages, and ability levels. I tried to keep these things in mind while picking out books to make sure that all of my students could relate to at least one book character and also so that my students could learn about many cultures and people who are different than they are.

I did a lot of reading this semester, more than I am used to. It was hard, but well worth it. If I expect my students to read and increase their knowledge of books, I should be doing the same. Through this assignment, my eyes were opened to the fact that I usually only like to read fiction. And usually that means mystery or romantic fiction. I thought I had read a wide variety of books, but this told me otherwise. It was great to realize that and be able to expand my reading to other genres and other topic focuses.

When I first began my book list I mostly picked books based on topics that interested me. And like I said above, those topics were not very broad. But as the semester went on, I realized that I needed different types of books so I started searching for books by genre or by topic. Once I found a few books that I liked, then I might even search for more books from that author. Probably my favorite books this semester were the books by Jon Scieszka. I have never been very interested in Math or Science, but after reading his books I was. He has such a good way of writing about these subjects that make them extremely interesting. You don’t even realize that he is teaching you because you are so absorbed in his books. He also had some books that were not subject related, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, but that were just as entertaining.

So this did surprise me, when after reading, that the Math and Science books became my favorites. I think this is important to remember when I am a teacher because I know I will have plenty of students who will not love science or math, but if I introduce them to fun books like this is can teach them that Math and Science do not need to be boring. You can learn and still have fun.

Most of these books I did read by myself, but I did have the chance when babysitting to read a few of the books to the children. I was very thankful for this opportunity because I was able to practice using different voices, tones, and volume to tell the story. The kids really loved the books and kept asking for another to be read.

Looking back on this semester, I am very appreciative of this opportunity. It was a lot of work, but well worth it and now I have a long list of books that cover numerous topics that I can share with my class one day.
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