Oct 7, 2014

October Booktalks (grades 4 and 5)

One of my many goals for this year is to take some time each month to encourage my middle grade readers to broaden their reading horizons. Our students love to read nonfiction, I suspect it is in part due to their innate curiosity, but also because it is easier to find books in the nonfiction section.

With that in mind I decided to book-talk a few fiction titles to each of the 4th and 5th grade classes. I adlibbed a bit, read a from the back cover, and sometimes just started reading from page 1, stopping just as things were getting interesting.

My success rate is pretty high -- only 3 books out of the 29 did not go home with a student. The true results will be revealed the next time we meet... Did they read the book? Was it interesting to them? Do they want more?

4th grade Book Talks
  • Potterwookiee by Obert Skye 
  • Inkheart by Cornelia Funke 
  • The Big Field by Mike Lupica 
  • The Report Card by Andrew Clements 
  • Spiderwick Chronicles: The Field Guide by Tony DiTerlazzi and Holly Black 
  • Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen 
  • The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl 
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman 
  • 43 Old Cemetery Road: Dying to Meet You by Kate Klise 
  • Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat by Lynne Jonell 
  • A Nest for Celeste by Henry Cole 
  • The Monster’s Ring by Bruce Coville 
  • Dodger and Me by Jordan Sonnenblick 
  • The Doom Machine by Mark Teague 
  • Hocus Pocus: A Tale of Magnificent Magicians by Paul Kieve 

5th grade Book Talks
  • Found by Margaret Haddix 
  • Confectionately Yours by Lisa Papademetriou 
  • Three times lucky by Sheila Turnage 
  • Adventures of Nanny Piggins by R A Spratt 
  • Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli 
  • Missle Mouse by Jake Parker 
  • What Happened on Fox Street by Tricia Springstubb 
  • War Horse by Michael Morpurgo 
  • The Puzzling World of Winston Breen  by Eric Berlin 
  • Masterpiece by Elise Broach 
  • Tennyson by Lesley Blume 
  • The Barn by Avi 
  • Chickenhare by Chris Grine 
  • Giants Beware by Rafael Rosado and Jorge Aguirre