Summer, for teachers, can mean a lot of different things. For me...it means that I can catch up on some much needed/desired reading! I am joining Lucky to Be in First and sharing my summer reads!
The past month has been a whirlwind for me thanks to graduating with my Master's, wrapping up my fourth year of teaching, getting married, and traveling to Italy for an amazing honeymoon. When we got back home to the states, the first thing I did was sleep and then I headed to the library. It was time to get started on my summer reading list.
One of my biggest "teaching" passions is to share my love for reading with my kiddos. Reading ANYTHING can open so many doors for us, and I hate to see children despise picking up reading material. After four years in second grade, I was finally getting a handle on what made 7/8 year olds "click" with books. Now, I am transitioning to the 5th grade, and I know that I am going to have to play catch up and make sure that I am up to date on the different types of children's lit that comes with teaching older students.
Thankfully, I have some awesome upper elementary friends who share books that they are reading in class with their students all the time. My friend Stacey at Literacy for Big Kids is my go-to resource for what books need to be on my shelves and in my hands. Be sure to head over to her blog and follow her on IG to keep up with the latest and greatest children and young adult books!
Here is my collection to read or reread so far. It is a mixture from my own childhood collection, the local library, and used book stores.
I have so many more on my "list" but these will get me started off nicely! I have already read The One and Only Ivan, Esperanza Rising, and reread Tuck Everlasting. I can PROMISE you that if you have not read Ivan or Esperanza...do it NOW. Ivan especially. I have been told that the audio book is fabulous, and the story was beautiful. I can't put into words how wonderful the literature piece is. You will just have to read it for yourself.
I also got my first Amazon order of personal professional development books for the summer in the mail today, and I could not be more excited. I loved The Book Whisperer and cannot wait to read Reading in the Wild. My highlighter and pen are ready to mark that lovely text up.
So...now that I have shown the start to my summer reading plans...here are my books I still want to read and ones that you SHOULD read.
Like really...you have to go read these if you haven't. I mean I can't force you....but just do it.
I am going to be pretty busy for the next few weeks! If you need me...I will be the lady with the messy hair bun and coffee mug in hand who is curled up in a corner with her nose in a book.