I'm pleased to announce that our library has acquired several new titles thanks to the generous donations of some of our families.
Yes, I know that many of you also sighed in relief as your reluctant reader *finally* read a book. Your child might even be *hooked* on reading -- as long as it is a Diary of a Wimpy Kid book, but nothing else. I wholeheartedly acknowledge that some reluctant readers -- many reluctant readers -- have finally finished a book because of this series. However, I think we must ask ourselves, “Why read?” Is the purpose of reading simply to put a book in a child’s hand to check off the box labeled "Child read a book," or does it have another, more valuable purpose?
Yet, despite my aversion to the overall message of this particular book, Palahniuk does successfully create something that lives forever -- a story and a community around that book. I’m not a religious sort, by any means, but I do believe that we each must find our place on this Earth. We each need to figure out what our purpose is and, hopefully, leave our own legacy. My legacy, I hope, will reside in my students and HEROES Academy. Yet, before any of us can begin to leave our legacies, we must each figure out who we are as individuals and what our purpose is.
Call me crazy, but I love the smell of new books. New books means new stories, new adventures, new friends, and new lessons to be learned. They stir up conversation inside and outside the classroom. Books can help us escape from the world we're in, find our true self, and develop a better understanding for the people around us. I'm a book worm at my core and I love to share this passion with my students and readers.
If you have an avid reader at home, you might find that (s)he is constantly "running out of books to read." Local book stores are dwindling. While Amazon proves to be an incredible resource for purchasing new books, it can be difficult to sort through all of the options to find the perfect book for your child. Some of our children may be reading far above grade level. Books written at a higher level often target an older audience and, as such, may tackle issues that our young readers aren't yet prepared for. I want to ensure that students find the perfect book for them. Books are meant to be enjoyed -- loved -- cherished, even. The books on this list are of varying reading difficulties and are appropriate for a wide range of audiences. As such, I've also included my assessment for "reading difficulty" and "maturity."