Read the first page and you'll be hooked on this new series by Kate Klimo. You will also be set for an outstanding minilesson on voice and another minilesson on strong leads. Plus you'll have a line of students just waiting to read Barry, the story of the most famous St. Bernard dog in history. Sam (grade 2) read this book as soon as it arrived and then brought it downstairs (well after he was supposed to be asleep) and said, "Mom! You have to read this NOW!" I cracked the cover and was up past my own bedtime too! (The first two Dog Diaries books were released simultaneously in January.)
The icing on the cake is Kate Klimo has a nice website, complete with a contact form in case your students would want to send her a note. Music plays when you open the site.
|The Goldilocks Variation by Allan Ahlberg and Jessica|
Ahleberg. Candlewick Press, 2013.
I'm a big fan of variations of tales. I think they are a great way to help students see how to use a story as a mentor. This book by father-daughter team, Allan Ahlberg and Jessica Ahlberg, is an interactive and creative book. I'm using it to help students see, first-hand, the way a story can be used as a mentor and inspiration for their own creations. Sometimes it's difficult to grasp what it means to use a mentor text. The Goldilocks Variations is helping students understand. I also appreciate this video because Allan Ahlberg and Jessica Ahlberg share their process and thinking behind the story.
Although we nudge Stephanie (grade 4) into thicker novels, she still gravitates toward shorter chapter books. I find this interesting. I think she likes to move through books as quickly as possible (just like she likes to do everything else in life). I'm realizing she needs to be able to go between easy reads and just right reads as she becomes a stronger reader. It's more important for her to feel good about her reading life than to only read thick books. The September and October Calendar Mysteries by Ron Roy were just released and get "These are awesome!" from our nine year old reader.
Happy reading! I hope you have time to read about some of the other book stacks linked up at It's Monday! What Are You Reading? hosted by Jen and Kellee. (Click on either of their names to join the link-up!)
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