And this week, I need your help! Every year I use a portion (of an undisclosed percentage) of my budget to add to my classroom library. I'm always on the hunt for books that my students will love, books that will teach them, help them grow as readers, etc. As I sit down to begin my list of books to order I feel excited and nervous! That budget money is precious, and so are books! I've got to proceed with caution, order well, and have fun!
In the comments section feel free to let me know what book(s) you think are a must for a 4th grade classroom library! I'd appreciate your help, and I will love seeing what you all have for favorites!
Books I Read This Week:
An Army of Frogs: A Kulipari Novel by Trevor Pryce with Joel Naftali, illustrated by Sanford Greene
Amulet Books, 2013
Recommended for grades 4-7
This certainly feels like the making of a series. We follow the frogs as they stand off against their enemies the scorpions and the spiders, in an attempt to keep their Amphibilands and their lives.
Sweet wood frog Darel has longed to follow in his father's footsteps as a member of the elite Kulipari, unfortunately, the Kulipari are all poisonous frogs, and Darel is not a poisonous. But Darel's preparation to become a warrior pays off when the enemies invade.
Kids will like the danger and adventure, and some may love the fight sequence.
The illustrations are bold and will certainly have appeal to many readers. They have a strong cartoon animation feel to them, which makes sense considering the illustrators background of doing animation.
This book isn't a top favorite of 2013, but I'm sure I will have plenty of students interested in reading it this fall!
More to come on this.
Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff
First Second, 2013
Recommended for grades 7+
Humor, sword fighting, traveling, blood, and revenge are all packed into this short graphic novel. A fun read, but geared beyond my students. Love the artwork.
The Boy Who Cried Ninja by Alex Latimer
Cute idea about a boy that is telling the truth and not believed. I would have loved the ending to be as catching and clever as the beginning of the book. Cute pictures. I'll be watching to see what Latimer comes out with as he continues on his writing journey.
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Happy reading and discovering to you this week! Thanks for stopping by.
P.S. Congratulations to Andrea for winning an ARC of The School for Good and Evil!