GoodReads Goals

I have upped my goal each year to read more and more. I spend a lot of time each year reading picture books to students and chapter books (novels) with students, and that accounts for a good portion of what I read. I do take time out each year to read as many YA and adult books as possible.

My goal this year was to read 150 books, so far I have met and exceeded the goal. I have a couple of ebooks to read and a couple of hardbacks on my side table ready to go. I am trying to finish them before the end of December but I think my time has run out!

I read some classic stories with my students … most did not understand what they read. Old Yeller, Island of the Blue Dolphins, From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, The Cricket in Times Square, and The Phantom Tollbooth.  Our students have lost so much over the years. They only want to read Captain Underpants, Bone, Big Nate, etc. Real books bore them, but it is to be expected because even though they are more mature (knowledge of sex and the seedier parts of the world) they are also more immature (empathy and selfishness). As parents, we want to save our children from experiencing pain, but we have forgotten that pain and loss help children develop emotionally and psychologically. Moral development has been stinted over the past twenty to thirty years. Too many parents were raised with the believe that personal happiness outweighs the betterment of society and do not believe in sacrifice for the benefit of others. Many of my students have not left those selfish stages of toddlers and neither have their parents. I’d like to read Catherine, Called Birdy with them but they are too immature to deal with some of the situations and vocabulary.

Some YA – Young Adult – reads this year:

Infernal Devices, Swipe, Ender’s Game, Divergent, Lunar Chronicles, The Mortal Instruments, Black Hearts in Battersea, Catherine, Called Birdy (re-read), Esperanza Rising (re-read), The Midwife’s Apprentice (re-read).

TBR:  The Boneshaker, The Dreamkeeper, Flying the Dragon, Brotherhood, Dreamland, and Freakling.

I have more, but I won’t be able to read all of these my Tuesday! I will begin The Boneshaker today.

I will be writing more on the YA and children’s books later today to round out my reviews. Stay tuned!


I Love Toni Buzzeo!


Really! The woman is a genius!


I have been reading the “back to school” selection of books to my students this week and I chose Get Fired Up With Reading! for my second through fourth grade students. It never fails to inspire my students to read.They all want to have a contest and get their teachers into the dragon-head costume! Mrs. Skorupski is at it again as she challenges the entire school to read. The winning class is awarded the honor of having their teacher in the head of the dragon costume to be worn in the Read Across America parade. The top readers (measured in minutes read) in each grade level will fill out the body of the dragon.


Two girls in Mr. Dickinson’s fourth grade class battle it out while one kindergartener needs help to be the dragon’s tail! See who wins in this wonderful book that is inspiring my students to read!


Toni Buzzeo is a school library media specialist (this is what she calls herself) in Maine. She has written numerous books about Mrs. Skorupski and her devious ways to get students to use the library media center! She has also written other non-library education books that leave me breathless, such as The Sea Chest. However, I think her brilliance is in the way she inspires educators such as myself to read and explore the library.