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My virtual catalogue of children’s books read throughout this semester has become more than just an assignment. The summaries, which were required for the assignment, became anecdotes of my experiences with each piece of literature and references for my future endeavors in education. With comments on the possible teaching points of certain books which could bridge together subjects or address specific topics left behind like a digital trail of breadcrumbs, I can consult this resource whenever applicable to lesson planning and instruction. Aside from the future benefits of this assignment, the act of reading such a volume of books was pleasurable within itself. Many of the titles selected from the UNO Children’s Literature Library were significant for a measure of reasons.
The range of genres and styles of books that we were exposed to and encouraged to experience independently helped to broaden my literary horizons to the advantage of not only myself, but to future students as well. Roughly 23 nonfiction books were read, which were a mixture of poetic compilations, biographies, and informational texts which presented insight into the topics and opportunity for interdisciplinary connections. Some of the themes encountered during my readings, if shared with students, would allow for making students aware of socially meaningful and important issues, such as people with disabilities and cultural diversity. The other 70-plus titles were from the immense spectrum of fiction, which did not hinder each book’s ability to deliver a meaningful message. Whether it was an ancient folktale explaining the origin of the Milky Way galaxy or a novel written entirely in poetic form, the vast array of fictitious stories provided different perspectives for dealing with joy, loss, and the mysterious.
While the textual aspects of the numerous books covered and logged onto were undoubtedly pleasing to read, it was their illustrative efforts which left me quite impressed. Titles such as Alan Say’s Grandfather’s Journey and Jorge Diaz’s The Rebellious Alphabet made me aware of the incredible and purposeful artwork which runs abound in children’s literature. While my total book count sits at around 100, I intend to continuously catalogue books using as a means of storing potentially useful resources and opportunities for incorporating literature into virtually every content area in education.
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