Book Haul (For My Students)

It’s kind of a weird day because I”d intended on writing a post specifically about reading speeds and how much of a hassle it is that I’m a slow reader, but realized I may have a more interesting post on the books I recently purchased.

First off, I’ve been trying to create book clubs for my 6th grade language arts students. I want to create groups of 3-5 students reading, analyzing and discussing novels.

My plan is to be able to implement this in the second half of the school year, however, there are some obstacles.

My first obstacle is that I’m not very will read in children’s literature.

Eleven and 12 year old kids don’t read YA, or at least not the YA that is in my wheelhouse. Most of them love the Lemony Snickets and Percy Jackson series. They don’t want anything with kissing or romance. They just really aren’t at that age yet.

I’ve had to do a lot of research to understand exactly what novel A. students will be interested in, and B. haven’t read yet as a class or will be expected to read as a class in the future.

With all of that research I’ve come up with a number of books that should work. Will they? Maybe. Hopefully.

My second obstacle is my lack of reading materials.

I went into my first year of teaching two years ago. When I got to the school that I work at I requested a classroom library set of books. An employee at the school brought me a small rectangular bin with about 30 books in it.

Since then, I’ve donated some of my own books, thrifted, and even picked up books for free at teacher supply give aways in my county. Not to mention, I purchased 10 brand new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory novels last year so that I had enough for all of my classes.

One Saturday, I bought my largest set of books since becoming a teacher. What was sad is that I actually didn’t even purchase that many. In all, I bought about 14 paper back books (some new, most used) for $39. I managed to pull books that I’d been considering and even possibly help Jenn with a few.

With all of that said, I think I made a good dent in the books I picked up this weekend and know I can continue to add to them as we move through the year.

Here’s a list of some of the books I purchased:

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

One For The Murphys by Linda Mullaly Hunt

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

Fairest by Gail Carson Levine

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

Joey Pigza Swallowed The Key by Jack Gantos


3 thoughts on “Book Haul (For My Students)

  1. It really sucks that we can’t support our teachers and classrooms more and you have to resort to buying your own! Actually, there is a place around me that gives books away for free and the guy that started it started because of some teachers he knew that had the same issue.


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