Monthly Archives: February 2013

Home Reading Tips

This post is for the parents out there who check my blog. Students, if you’re seeing this, show it to your parents, tell them you want to do some of these!

Click here for some great ideas of how to keep reading alive and fun at home!

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Posted by on February 26, 2013 in Uncategorized


Graphic Novels

lightning thief

red pyramid

Graphic novels are often mistaken for a comic book. However, that is far from the truth. A graphic novel is a great way to get reluctant readers to read popular books. You see Lightning Thief and Red Pyramid pictured here. These are two of Rick Riordan’s popular books with my fifth grade students. The graphic novel is a great stepping stone book for students who are interested in reading the novel – but maybe the novel is a bit intimidating, or even a bit challenging. The graphic novel gives readers plenty of pictures which aid in telling the story. The vocabulary and content of the story is just as rich, but is presented in a ‘reluctant-reader-friendly’ format.

wrinkle in time<

Title: A Wrinkle in Time

Author: Madeleine L'Engle/Adapted and Illustrated by: Hope Larson

Rating: 10/10

A story that tells the time travel of of three children to rescue their father from a secret mission, the children are helped by three ladies, Mrs. Who, Mrs. Whatsit, and Mrs. Which. The graphic novel tells the otherwise complicated and confusing story in an illustrated version for readers to enjoy and travel through time with the students.


Posted by on February 24, 2013 in Uncategorized


Stick Dog

stick dog

Title: Stick Dog

Author: Tom Watson

Rating: 7/10

The narrator tells this story through the eyes of four dogs. The main dog is Stick Dog. Stick Dog and his friends are alone outside and hungry. The narrator tells their journey through the park and a family picnic to find some delicious hamburgers.

This book reminds me of My Life as a Book. This would be a good book to bridge readers from Diary of a Wimpy Kid type stories to a real novel.


Posted by on February 24, 2013 in Uncategorized


World Read Aloud Day

One of the best ways to help support your child in reading is to read aloud to them – share a story. World Read Aloud Day is March 6, 2013. On this day read a story with your child, have them read a story to you, take turns reading a book to each other. This could be the perfect way to head to bed – with a story! As we do every day in class, I will read our class read aloud to the students.

After you read aloud with your child (or students, your parents or siblings) comment on this post and share what you read together. I would love to hear the books that were shared!

If you would like to learn more about World Read Aloud Day click here.

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Posted by on February 20, 2013 in Uncategorized


Looking for book recommendations?

Did you just read a book that you really enjoyed and thought to yourself, I wish there was another book similar to this? Click here to find a book recommendation. Just type in the title of the book you read and similar titles will be shown.

Happy Reading!!


Posted by on February 5, 2013 in Uncategorized