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Over the course of three months, which is how long I have had an account on library thing, I have read the following number of books in each category:

total # of overall books = 112
- 93 of 112 are award winning books

total # for each genre, or category:
- easy = 52
- poetry = 18
- picture books containing rhyme = 9
- nonfiction = 35
- science = 18
- social studies = 15
- math = 6
- contemporary realistic fiction = 6 novels
- folklore = 7
- biography = 12
- historical fiction = 7
- fantasy = 5
- science fiction = 1

total # of multicultural books = 12

total # of books about people with disabilities = 8

total # of books for grade levels:
-pre k-3 = 9
- k-5 = 77
- 1-4 = 6
- 3-6 = 11
- 4-8 = 10

Reflection on Database:

Over the course of three months, my time on LibraryThing, I have read numerous books, both self-selected and required, using multiple strategies for selection. I used the database to search the children's library, looking books up by keywords, titles, authors, or subject. Fortunately, I became better at using the database as time progressed, which allowed my results to be more specific. Also, I found it very exciting to just walk around the library, picking books off the shelves and traveling around the room.

When I was selecting books, I wanted to be sure that I was selecting diverse materials. Having a lot of similar books on the same reading level or about the same topic would be pointless for a diverse group of learners. Therefore, having books available which meet the criteria, such as: genre, race, class, gender, culture, age, and ability level, is important.

I feel that I have successfully met the criteria listed above. It reflects in the literature I have selected. My database consists of materials for many grade levels, or reading abilities. However, to make my list of books beneficial, I focused on the grade levels I will be teaching. Also, I chose various books containing different cultures, classes, races and genders. My favorite way to demonstrate how I achieved this is through biography books, both fiction and nonfiction. However, I also demonstrated different cultures though folklore and poetry. Both genres contain literature that originated in a culture much different from our own.

By composing this list for my database, I have learned a valuable amount of information on delivering instruction in relation to children's literature. However, this is only part of the whole. Yes, being able to teach children the fundamentals of reading, how to examine illustrations, and the elements of literature are all very crucial skills. However, this experience has taught me more about how to foster a genuine love for reading. Also, it provided me with the skills to show others, such as a class filled first graders, how much fun books can be. I will never forget their reactions to the fiction and nonfiction books my colleague and I brought to their classroom every week from the library. It placed pure joy in my heart to see their faces light up as they begged to look at them.

I had a wonderful time completing this book list for my database. I was able to discovered details about myself, as a reader, I was unaware of. For starters, I cannot pick a genre, i enjoy them all. Before, I thought I preferred fantasy, but after reading a science fiction novel, that notion went out the window. Also, it was fun to reread books from my childhood and relive the past. However, as much fun as it was to reread books, I was even more fun reading great books for the very first time. Picture books, such as: "The Dot," "Beatrice Doesn't Want To," "Hound from the Pound," and "Bats at the Library," are among my favorite easy fiction books. As far as fiction novels, I read "Dairy of a Killer Cat," which I found to be absolutely hilarious, and "When You Reach Me," which was beyond engaging, as well as a puzzling piece of work. With that said, however, it made me think, which I truly enjoyed. Also, I found some fantastic poetry selections that are fitting, "Almost Late to School: And More School Poems." I would definitely share the poems in this book with a classroom of elementary school students.

I have already started a book collection of my own, containing many of the books I have discovered while creating my book list for my database. I am so happy that this opportunity was given to me. In three months time, I have learned such a great deal of knowledge that I am able to walk away with, share with other, and will soon be able to share with my very own students.
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