T5F – Books to Read During the School Year

Ok, ok. I messed up. I have a review for Siege and Storm ready to go but I don’t have it today.

You see, I thought I would have time last night to get a review put together, but I got home from my first day back to school — YES! I get to see students in a little less than a week! — and I was just so beat I didn’t know if I could form actual thoughts about Siege and Storm.

So the plan: I will write the review on Friday night, when I’m home and less tired, and set it to publish for next Friday. I would say Wednesday, however, I’m really excited for the top five Wednesday.

Anyway, I’ve been in total teacher-mode lately and one of the things I find myself doing a lot is thinking about possible books I can read with my students. Alas, this post was born. Here are five books that I want to read on my own, or with my students, this school year.

The Witches by Roald Dahl

I’m becoming known for my love of Roald Dahl. My students read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory last year, and I really debated having them read The BFG this year. The only hangup was that my school doesn’t have any class copies.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

This is a book I have wanted to read for a long time that I’ve yet to get the opportunity to read. Hopefully I can couple this with The Witches and try to play them off of each other as a lesson. Who knows. It may be a terrible idea.

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Ok. I saw the movie when I was 11 and I thought it was amazing. Fast forward to Eden at 25 and I still love this movie. Obviously the book is amazing if the movie is good. Right?

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

This list is looking rather tragic. I’m sure right now many of you are asking, “How has this girl, a book blogger, never read The Secret Garden. Well, I’ll tell you. I hated reading as a child and this was another book that I thoroughly enjoyed the film adaptation to.

The Little Prince by Antoine de Sainte-Exupery

I have this book in my classroom and all of my students fight over it when we do independent reading. At first I thought it was because it was the shortest book and they were looking for something small, but I later found out it’s because all of them think it’s an awesome story. If the kids love it, I’m sure I’ll love it.

That’s it for today! Please trust me when I say that my review will be up next week. I’m just a horribly tired creature currently. Also, what do you think of my picks? Any that I left off that I should be considering?

20 thoughts on “T5F – Books to Read During the School Year

  1. Sorry to disappoint but the book version of Ella Enchanted is not anything like the movie. In some ways it is better, but you might find it so different from the movie that you won’t like it. I like your idea of tying the Witches and Wrinkle in Time together, could be interesting. I still have about a month before school starts again, I can’t believe you start this early! Have a good first week!

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    1. I’m pretty good at distancing the book and the movie. I honestly didnt expect the book to be anything like it. I am excited to try The Witches and A Wrinkle in Time together though. It’s going to be a lot of fun.

      Oh yeah. We used to start later but a few years ago we our county readjusted the school start schedule so now we’re much earlier.


  2. I do remember loving the film of The Secret Garden and it being mostly similar to the book I think, unlike Ella Enchanted where the book is very different to the film. I like the book more because I like the world building a lot more, so I’m looking forward to seeing what you think, if you watched and liked the film first.

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    1. Everyone continues to say this about Ella Enchanted. I definitely love world Building and I feel like I’ll really enjoy the story. I’m used to seeing the book and movie as two separate things so hopefully that won’t effect my opinion.

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  3. Reading this post has brought me back to elementary school! Ella Enchanted had me terrified for a long time as a kid that I was going to end up with the same curse put on me as Ella! I have no idea why, but it was just one of those irrational fears that was born after reading that book. And Roald Dahl! We read James and the Giant Peach as a class one year, and shortly after, I started writing what I can only describe as fanfiction about the cloud people James encounters in that book. It was my first foray into writing and essentially the whole reason I decided I wanted to be a writer when I grew up.

    Also, A Wrinkle In Time–I haven’t read that book since maybe third grade??? and I remember absolutely nothing about it. I think I was a little confused by it when I read it, but I do remember liking it too, even if I have no recollection of the plot now. I know there’s a movie coming out in the next year or two though, so I’m going to revisit it before then.

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    1. Aw. This was a fun comment to read! I can definitely understand that fear. I used to believe my dolls would come to life and try to kill me after seeing Chuckie.

      I’m really excited to read A Wrinkle In Time. People speak so highly of it. I even have a poster for it in my classroom, so we’ll see.

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      1. Yeah, I’ve been working on my preschool teaching certificate and those kids are wonderful but the third graders I know are so much fun and you can do a lot more complicated things with them vs preschoolers

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