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Library Thing Reflection:

Total # of books read: 103
Total # of awards: 83

Total # of..
easy: 38
nonfiction: 37
poetry: 6
folklore: 7
biography: 9
multicultural: 23
disabilities: 7
novels: 13

When choosing books for my online database, I felt that I did very well when selecting a collection of diverse books. I kept into consideration and looked at different genres, like folklore which was never really a favorite of mine. However, I know that I need to be aware of many different genres and include them in my classroom library along with books that are diverse in the terms of race, class, gender, culture, age, and ability level.

From all this reading, I have certainly gained an appreciation for picture books. I can now recognize and understand the depth found in a small children's book and sometimes the wisdom found in them. I've also gained an appreciation for different genres. As I mentioned above, folklore has never been one of my favorites but I grew to like it especially "The Elves and the Shoemaker", which I bought for myself.

I selected books according to the required reading list given to us on the syllabus. Although it was not specific, I used it as a guide to narrow in my search of the very wide range of books in the library. Also, I kept into consideration to pick diverse books, in terms of anything from gender to culture. My selection process I felt stayed the same over the course of the semester because it was expected of us from the beginning of the course to follow along with the syllabus and also to make sure to have a diverse book collection.

My favorite books include some from the holiday series by Gail Gibbons, such as "Thanksgiving is...", "Easter", and "Christmas is..." I really enjoyed these books because they took a look at holidays from an outsider's perspective, while not showing any bias or preferred religious beliefs or practices in them. Gail Gibbons also happens to be my new favorite children's author. I love her books and appreciate her as a child's nonfiction author. The nonfiction genre also was my preferred genre of choice this semester. I really took to it and find that kids love nonfiction books. I tested this out with a class of first graders at Lacoste Elementary in Chalmette. I would open every science lesson I prepared with a book reading and the kids absolutely loved it. The nonfiction genre is also shown as one of my favorites through my own genre of choice for my very own children's book which is a nonficition how to book featuring my neice Olivia.

Overall, Library Thing was a good experience and I really enjoyed taking a look at children's literature from a professional's view and I can now better appreciate it both as an educator and as a reader.
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