Monday, July 05, 2010

Pacing My Summer...

I must admit that I am enjoying my summer vacation. There are many things I need to do this summer, but I would like to catch up on some reading. I find myself reading mostly children's books, as I try to read all books before I put them on my classroom bookshelves. (I read to make sure that there is nothing inappropriate in them.) I like the Harry Potter series but many parents have problems with wizards and magic (the supernatural), so I don't have that series on my classroom shelves. I recently noticed that several children's books these days are leaning towards the macabre with the Twilight series (which I would never place on a fourth-grade bookshelf). Many children's books have topics such as death and vampires. A parent recently complained about the movie (and book) 'Coraline'. She said it was too 'dark'. Currently, I am reading The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan. One of my students could not put the book down--she would even read it while she was in line walking down the hallway. I am curious as to what kept her so enthralled. I try to keep more non-fiction books in my classroom than fiction, but we all enjoy a good fiction story!

2 comments:

bcriminger said...

I'm glad you cater to the students who love nonfiction. I, myself am a BIG fan of fiction, and therefore my classroom library is probably only 1/4 nonfiction. But I am working on that. My hope is to have brought the count up to 1/3 by the end of my first year teaching.

writemind said...

I used to be like you. I had a LOT more fiction books in my classroom library. But, slowly, surely, more and more non-fiction books are appearing. I think I do that because few children seem to choose non-fiction books on their own. You will find as you build up your classroom library that children really like non-fiction books: books about nature, insects, storms, etc.