The Results: All of my students in grades 4+ are fully literate. These students are reading at a higher level than the average 11th/12th grade student. Students who actively participated in the reading program surpassed the predicted growth metric by an average of 6.7 points. Students who did not actively participate in the reading program fell 1.2 points shy of the predicted growth metric. To put this into perspective, students average about 5 points of growth per year on this assessment.
Everyone loves a good fairy tale! Fairy tales are timeless. There are wonderful contemporary adaptations of fairy tales, books more loosely based on fairy tales and, of course, the classics! Some of these stories are perfect for bed time -- read them as a family! Others are better to read independently. There's something for everyone! Don't forget to support my resources page by using the links below to shop!
The topic for the February Reading Challenge is "Books by African Americans" in honor of Black History Month. You should also take a look at Coretta Scott King Award Winning Books.
Pick a book for yourself. Let your child pick a book. Read them together and discuss! I included discussion questions at the bottom of this post. Create a global discussion by using the comments box at the bottom of this page.
A special thanks to members of The School Librarian's Workshop for helping me compile this list!!
For children's authors, today is full of excitement and honor. The American Library Association announced the winners of several prestigious children's literary awards today. As a child, I remember my mom telling me that I could "have any book that had a sticker on it." Really?? I get a book AND it has a shiny sticker on it? To this day, I still look forward to the shiny stickers that decorate award-winning novels. I am often tempted to re-purchase books with the medals on them. These 'stickers' are the Nobel Peace Prizes of children's literature. They are must read novels. They will always be must read novels. They are books that every child should read. Pick a book, snuggle up and start reading!
I love reading challenges! Reading challenges inspire you, and your children, to explore a wider breath of literature. Since there are twelve months in the year, I picked twelve different themes for you! Each theme is appropriate for readers of any age. Pick a book for the family or a few different books for each family member that fits into each monthly theme. Then, you can discuss these topics at dinner! You don't have to all read the same book to discuss your reading and what you're learning.
Use the comments to let us know which books you picked for each theme! I'll post monthly updates with suggestions for the following month!