I usually post here the books that my students will be reading each semester. I’ve changed things up a bit, which means a lot of extra (and fun) reading for me. We focus on middle-grade books, for children ages 8 to 12.
We start with fairy tales. All students must read Charles Perrault’s “Cinderella” and the Grimm brothers’ “Aschenputtel”. Then, they choose two versions of one other fairy tale to read.
Everyone is required to read The Wizard of Oz by L.Frank Baum.
Next, students choose one book from each genre:
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
The BFG by Roald Dahl
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
Bud Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
Contemporary / Realistic Fiction:
The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
Ungifted by Gordon Korman
Rules by Cynthia Lord
Love that Dog by Sharon Creech
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
I usually re-read every book I assign before the literature circles meet. I’ve got some work cut out for this semester. It’s great to have a job that requires me to read and re-read great books. I’m so lucky!