We are several weeks into the semester, so I guess it is time to post my readings! These are for the children’s literature class I teach at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point.
Students are required to read seven books in my class. The first, which all students read, is The Wizard of Oz by L.Frank Baum. They will read two choice books, one based on an author and one based on a theme.
About mid-semester, my students participate in literature circles. Each group picks a book from each genre:
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
The Watsons Go to Birmingham–1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
Contemporary Realistic Fiction
Ghost by Jason Reynolds
Rules by Cynthia Lord
Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff
Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
Mixed Genre Novels
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman
The intended audience for these books is between third grade and sixth grade. But, adults, don’t let that stop you from reading them. They are all wonderful stories!