Top 10’s

Top 10 Reads of the Semester:

  1. The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien
  2. Holes by Louis Sachar
  3. James and the Giant Peach by Roald
  4. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  5. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
  6. Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
  7. Saint George and the Dragon by Margaret Hodges
  8. Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds
  9. My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohnmann
  10. The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship: A Russian Tale
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Top 10 Books Everyone Should Read

  1. The Giver by Louis Lowry
  2. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
  3. Why Misquotes Buzz in People’s Ears by Verna Aarderma
  4. Shadow by Marcia Brown
  5. Sylvester And The Magic Pebble by William Steig
  6. Mirette On The High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully
  7. Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar
  8. The BFG by Roald Dahl
  9. Tuesday by David Wiesner
  10. A Story, A Story by Gail E. Haley

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Top 10 Books with Inspirational Character

  1. The Giver by Louis Lowry
  2. Holes by Louis Sachar
  3. Harry Potter and the Scorer’s Stone
  4. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  5. The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
  6. Grandfathers Journey by Allen Say
  7. Saint George and the Dragon by Margaret Hodges
  8. Mirette On The High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully
  9. Bud, Not Buddy by Paul Christopher Curtis
  10. The Biggest Bear by Lynd Ward




“It’s Monday! What are you Reading?”

For my final post on “It’s Monday! What are you Reading?” I decided to end the semester with one of my favorite read we read in grade school! The Phantom Tollbooth.


The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster Illustrated by Jules Feiffer

Milo, a very bored little boy, receives an unusual package one day: a make- believe tollbooth. When he drives through it in his electric toy car, he is suddenly transported to the Lands Beyond, a fantastic world of imagination. On his way to Dictionopolis, one of the country’s two capitals, he meets Tock, the watchdog who joins him on his journey. In Dictionopolis, Milo meets King Azaz who presides over the world of letters and words. Azaz sends Milo on a mission to rescue two princesses, Rhyme and Reason, who are imprisoned in the Castle in the Air, which floats hundreds of feet off the ground. Milo and Tock leave Dictionopolis with a new companion, the Humbug, whom Azaz has sent along as a guide. The three head toward Digitopolis where they hope to persuade the Mathemagician to release the princesses.


Mock Newberry and Caldecott

This week our assignment we were to read two articles on teachers who put in the effort of challenging their students to read Newberry and/or Caldecott titles. I have learned a lot about reading these articles. The number one thing I recall from my reading is before beginning this challenge you must have a very well organize plan. You will need to find out which student will partake. Also making sure the students understand the material and what is expected. Another is making sure that the students are at par of the reading level.

I think for my classroom. I will lean more towards a mock Newbery. Just because I feel most students at this age group are already reading more dense books. I will introduce that coming up years candidate form the Newberry award. This will most likely take place in my homeroom time/study hall to encourage all my students to read.

My top 3 book from Mr. Schu’s list of nominees:

  1. Claymates by Dev Petty and Lauren Eldridge – I enjoy reading books that are a different medium. Such as the creativity of having the charters made form clay instead of using the traditional illustration of drawing or painting. Image result for claymates dev petty
  2. Blue Sky, White Stars by Sarvinder Naberhaus; illustrated by Kadir Nelson
  3.  Life by Cynthia Rylant; illustrated by Brendan Wenzel




“It’s Monday! What are you Reading?”

After two and a half weeks. I have finally finished Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone!! Honestly it feels silly to say, but I feel so accomplished after reading my first Harry Potter novel. I now understand why so many people young children to even adults are so obsessed with this series. It takes you on this amazing journey and it suck you into the story. J.K. Rowling does an amazing job developing each character in the novel that you feel epiphany for them and kind of brought you into the story in away.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Harry becomes the only living person ever to survive the killing curse, and the only sign of his encounter with Voldemort is a unique lightning bolt-shaped scar on his forehead. Because Harry does not have any other living relatives, Albus Dumbledore, the headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, decides to leave him with the Dursleys until he is old enough to attend Hogwarts. A month later, Harry leaves Little Whinging to catch the Hogwarts Express, which leaves King’s Cross Station from Platform Nine and Three-quarters.

Now skipping forward to where Harry decides to steal the Sorcerer’s Stone before Voldemort can. Harry, Ron, and Hermione sneak off to the forbidden corridor and get past the three-headed dog by lulling it to sleep with music. Once through the trap door, they land on Devil’s Snare, the first of several challenges put in place by the Hogwart’s teachers.

Now without trying to give too much for those who have not read this novel. I really would recommend reading this story! So amazing, I thought I would not like it because I was never a fan when I was younger ha. I was a StarWars kid. But now this has opened my eyes to a new favor series that I want to read now!


“It’s Monday What are you Reading?”

I did not reach my goal of reading of 4 hours this week. I hope to get back on track this week as I travel for Thanksgiving break and I will crush some reading time while in the car with the audio version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. This week I was able to bang out two more chapters from this novel. So far loving this book, just hope that I will find some time where I am not in a big rush or crush for time. I would like to just sit and relax for a few hours with this book in my hand.


So far from chapters 5-7, Where I left off last week. Hagrid takes Harry to get fitted for this uniform. There is where we meet a snobbish and unlikable boy who will also be starting Hogwarts in the fall. The snobbish boy talks highly about grand old wizard families, this young boy is Draco Malfoy. The shopping trip to Diagon Alley and the train journey to Hogwarts represent not a total abandonment of Harry’s earlier life, but in many ways represents a more magical and mythical version of it. The Muggles’ world and the wizards’ world are not opposites, but parallels. Certainly there are major differences as far as Harry is concerned. Moreover, just as the name Dudley Dursley contrasts with the name Harry Potter, so does the name Draco Malfoy. Draco was the name of a harsh ancient Greek lawmaker and is also the Latin word for “dragon”; Malfoy is an Anglicized version of the French words mal and foi, which mean, roughly, “bad faith.” Draco Malfoy can thus be seen as a more villainous (and more glamorous) version of Dudley Dursley.

“It’s Monday! What are you Reading?”

I am currently reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone I had a late start to this reading I began last Wednesday, and with my work scheduled being hectic with subbing, homework and preparing for the Praxis Core test this week my reading has not been up to par as it should be.


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone by J.K. Rowling

As of today I am on chapter 4 in the novel and so I am enjoying it! and I am trying to draw comparisons form the novel to the movie by memory. Just like anything else the novel gives much greater detail into the story of Harry Potter than the film.

The arrival of Harry’s birthday coincides with Hagrid’s revelation of who Harry is, further suggesting that Harry must mature into his new identity. The time may be coming when Harry actually becomes a young Mr. H. Potter, as the letters refer to him, who lives his own life and is capable of making his own way. Even the chocolate cake that Hagrid brings for his birthday shows that, for the first time, Harry is no longer dependent on the Dursleys to feed him. His departure from home at the end of Chapter 4 is symbolic of this maturation. Harry can begin to imagine a future life of adult self-reliance, and we see that the story is perhaps a tale about growing up.

My takeaways from reading the two blogs would have to be the importance of reading to a child and there is no age limit to reading aloud to anyone especially the older high school students. I am personality a huge fan of making time to read aloud to students. As a future educator with an emphasis in science. I will take the time to read to all my student who I will have. As I know in many middle schools have a set block for study hall or mentor period, I will take this time to really reach out and read age appropriate titles and hopefully find some books that will inspire them to do something amazing in the future. Also I feel by reading aloud to my student will create a strong bond between teacher and student.

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TOP 10:

#1 The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

#2 Home of the Brave Katherine Applegate

#3 The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

#4 Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar

#5 Hello, Universe by Erin Kelly Entrada

#6 Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

#7 The Giver by Lois Lowery

#8 James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

#9 The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

#10 Mirette On The High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully


“It’s Monday! What are you Reading?”

This week I read The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. I have never watched or read any of the Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit stories until recently with beginning with the first book in the franchise. I honestly fell in love with this novel right from the start! Great story telling and it just sucks you in, I caught myself itching to read this book whenever I was able to score some free time. I strongly believe that I have a new genre of novels to enjoy.


The Hobbit or there and back again by J.R.R. Tolkien

Bilbo Baggins lives a quiet, peaceful life in his comfortable hole at Bag End. Bilbo lives in a hole because he is a hobbit one of a race of small, plump people about half the size of humans, with furry toes and a great love of good food and drink. Bilbo is quite content at Bag End, near the bustling hobbit village of Hobbiton, but one day his comfort is shattered by the arrival of the old wizard Gandalf, who persuades Bilbo to set out on an adventure with a group of thirteen militant dwarves. The dwarves are embarking on a great quest to reclaim their treasure from the marauding dragon Smaug, and Bilbo is to act as their “burglar.” The dwarves are very skeptical about Gandalf’s choice for a burglar, and Bilbo is terrified to leave his comfortable life to seek adventure. But Gandalf assures both Bilbo and the dwarves that there is more to the little hobbit than meets the eye.


Article #1 Here I Am! By Brain Pinkney

After reading this article from Brain Pinkney, really had me thinking on some topics that I have not really thought about. I come from a Hispanic background and growing up in city that’s population is majority white. I has some difficulty fitting in with my peers and had the same questions just like Brain Pinkney has has a child, wondering why there was no Hispanic superheros, picture books, major movie roles staring someone form the Latin culture. Usually we are in the role as the bad guys in most movies, or any type of media. So I can see where most of the issues can come from that Brain brought up, but also that never really stop me from liking a lot of my early childhood picture books who have a white child as the main character because I never really seen that as problem for me. I just seen that as someone who I can be.

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It’s Monday! What are you Reading?

This week I read two extremely great books! The first was one of my favorite that I remember reading either in seventh or sixth grade literacy class. “The Giver” by Lois Lowry is such a powerful and provocative novel. Should be a novel that all young adults need to read before they graduate from high school. The other novel I read that I was a little skeptical about, because I felt like I would not enjoy it as much or not want to finish it but I truck through it and was surprise that it was a book that I ended up liking quite a bit! “From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler” At first it looks like a book that is very plain and boring but trust me just it a chance it will be worth your while.


The Giver by Lois Lowry

Twelve year old Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does he began to understand the dark secrets behind this fragile community. The Giver is written from the point of view of Jonas, without giving too much away.  The Giver transmits memories by placing his hands on Jonas’s bare back. The first memory he receives is of an exhilarating sled ride. As Jonas receives memories from the Giver memories of pleasure and pain, of bright colors and extreme cold and warm sun, of excitement and terror and hunger and love he realizes how bland and empty life in his community really is.



From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

Claudia is an intelligent twelve-year-old girl who loves nice things and is easily frustrated. She is particularly infuriated by what she perceives as ill treatment by her family, so she decides to run away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. She decides to bring her brother Jamie. The children’s adventure collides with mystery when they encounter a new exhibit. The children conduct extensive research on the statue, and, one night, they discover the imprint of Michelangelo’s artist’s mark on a cloth where the statue previously stood. Excited, they anonymously present their findings to the museum.