Choosing Great Books!
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"Reading is a joy, a privilege, and the right of every student. As you select the library books you will read, please understand that every book is not the best choice for every student. If a book is unappealing to you in any way, please return it and select another book. You, the student (and your family), know which reading materials best serve you and your standards, reading level, and beliefs."
(thanks to Cindy Feather, Menard Texas)
In order to help our students make enjoyable reading choices, Mrs. Wildner and the Holy Apostles teaching staff have created a number of reading lists.
Lists by Grade Level
Every fall and spring, we create suggested reading lists by grade level. Here are links to the most recent lists:
Middle School Genre Lists
Students in middle school often have assignments with required reading in a particular genre. Students should refer to their assignment notebook or talk with their teacher about the assignment and due dates. Books for projects may be renewed, but the student must bring the book to the library to initiate the renewal. The following lists represent age-appropriate books in the following genres:
Novels in Verse
Battle of the Books
Every year every student in 5th and 6th grade participates in the Battle of the Books. The book lists are released in November; the battles are held in June.
5th Grade Battle of the Books 2012/2013
6th Grade Battle of the Books 2012/203
The above links are connected to TeachingBooks.net. If prompted to log in, leave the login name blank and put onwisconsin in as the password.
There are so many children's books to read, how can I find one I like?
For a comprehensive list of children's book award-winners (including Newbery, Caldecott, etc.) visit the American Library Association website at www.ala.org/awardsgrants/awards/browse/bpma/all/cyad
Regina Medal - Catholic Library Association - lifetime author achievement
Charlotte Zolotow Award - University of Wisconsin - best picture book in terms of writing, not illustrations
Golden Archer Award - Wisconsin students choose best book
Book Review Sites and Recommendations
CCBC - Madison
Carthage College Center for Children's Literature
Curled Up with a Good Kid's Book
Christian Library Journal
One of the most common questions in the library concerns the order in which to read series books. The Mid-Continent Library keeps very good track of children's series and is the perfect resource!
A (Baker's) Dozen Ways to Pick a Great Book by Judy Freeman
It has a compelling cover
The title sounds intriguing
It was recommended by a friend whose opinion you trust
It was made into a movie
It is one of a series you've enjoyed
You are crazy about the author's other books
You are fascinated by that theme or subject
The book flap or back cover blurb draws you in
Looking inside, you find the chapter titles or illustrations irresistible
The first sentence or paragraph or page makes you want to keep reading
It's on display in the library
You read a great review of it online or in a magazine or newspaper
It won a medal or prize