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CollectionsRead but unowned (104), Currently reading (1), All collections (105)

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Tagsk-3 (63), poetry (15), 1-5 (13), award winner (10), moon (9), pets (9), seasons (8), folklore (8), 3-6 (8), disability (7) — see all tags

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GroupsFall 2012 Children's Literature

Favorite authorsJohn Green, Stephen King, Chuck Palahniuk, J. K. Rowling (Shared favorites)

Real nameMegan Gilmore

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Member sinceSep 4, 2012

Currently readingBoom! by Mark Haddon

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Megan Gilmore
27 November 2012
Library Thing Analysis
I had 103 children’s book. Some were the ones read in class and many were from choosing books on my own.

According to LibraryThing, 68 of my books have won awards. This number is a lot higher than I thought. Many of the books I read were not sought after because the won awards.

Poetry - 15
Award Winning - 10 (illustrator award)
Author Study - 10
Biographies - 4
Social Studies - 3
Science - 3
Math - 2

In total I read 11 culturally diverse books. (I’m sure if I looked deeper at my books I would be able to find more.) I tried to read books about different cultures. 4 of my books involved African-American characters and traditions. I had 1 book that focussed on a Chinese tradition. I read 1 Cinderella book based on a Native American tribe called Ojibwa and a book about Native American names for full moons. 3 of my books had Mexican/Spanish roots. 1 of my books was a Cajun folktale about Little Pierre.

7 of my books were about disabilities or exceptionalities. My book topics included deafness, Down syndrome, and autism.

In my opinion, I kept my books diverse. In terms of age, the majority of my books were K-3. I had a few that were more for 1-5 grade level and a few that was 3-6. I made it a point to read stories that had to do with other cultures. I’m glad I had to because it gave me the opportunity to learn about something I never would have known. I learned how important the Moon Festival is to the Chinese people. I also felt my selection was diverse in terms of gender. My authors were split pretty evenly. Although I did not keep tags on the genders of the main characters, I also think that was also balanced. I feel that I successfully kept my genres and topics diverse, mostly due to the course requirements. I found myself becoming interested in books I never would have chosen for myself. Candy Bomber was one of my favorite books. It was great to read books outside of my comfort zone.

• From this assignment, I realized the world of children’s books is immense and overwhelming. There is no shortage of children’s books. I found out that I enjoy children’s poetry through my author study. I already know I liked Shel Silverstein, but I was able to discover Douglas Florian. I loved the way he included facts about science within his poems. It made learning fun! Although I liked Florian’s work, my favorite book would have to be.... too many! I cannot imagine choosing one book as my favorite. Out of the novels, Totally Joe was my favorite. I loved the way it handled a “controversial” issue with tact. It helped to show that sexual orientation does not make or break a person. It helped to show students around Joe’s age that they should accept people for whoever they choose to be. I felt the book had a great message. Out of the pictures books I read, I thoroughly enjoyed Shine Moon Shine, Press Here, and Please Bury Me in the Library. If it weren’t for this assignment, I may have never had the opportunity to discover those books. For most of the books, I had the opportunity to share them with Mia. Mia is the seven year old girl I have been babysitting for three years. She is more like a little sister than a job, so I had a lot of fun sharing these books with her. Sometimes I was spoiled and she read me the books. She loved getting into the car and seeing all of the new library books I had picked out. She would read them the entire trip home. This activity has created a habit for us. We make sure to make a trip to the library at least once a month, usually more often than that. Even though I let this assignment overwhelm me, I though it was great and I honestly had fun completing everything.
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