It’s Monday! What are You Reading?

Children’s/YA Lit Read Last Week: 

The One and Only Ivan – love, love, love this book. Check out my review here.


The Fault In Our Stars – I’ve been hearing about this and have had a signed copy sitting on my shelf since I got home from ALA Midwinter more than a month ago. When I woke up at 3:30 last night and couldn’t go back to sleep, I decided to start it. I started and couldn’t stop – I went back to sleep at 6 a.m. after I finished it. I am tired today but it was SO worth it.

Extra Yarn – I’d heard about this one and picked it up to read at the wonderful Pooh’s Corner children’s bookstore in Grand Rapids. The story is lovely and the pictures exquisite – it is now on my desk so that I can take it to class next week to share with my students.

Practicum Reading

The Torch Lighters: Tomorrow’s Teachers of Reading – this was a study headed up by Mary Austin at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education and published in 1961. I’m reading it to get a better understanding of how people were thinking about training teachers to teach reading and if/how children’s literature played a role in those conceptions.

Next up: practicum writing — time to take a short break from reading and start to write about what I’ve found, more soon!


It’s Monday, What are you Reading

Children’s/YA Lit Read Last Week:

  I loved it and am still thinking about Deza & Jimmie. Looking forward to heading to Ann Arbor tomorrow to meet Christopher Paul Curtis at Nicola’s Books. <update: just found out it’s been canceled due to illness, hoping it will be rescheduled soon!>

Next up:

I have heard so many great things about this, I’m excited to start it.

Practicum Reading:
(I know this isn’t children’s/ya lit, but it pertains to my practicum work about children’s/YA lit in the classroom so I’ve decided to start including it in my posts. More on the practicum in a future post.)

Why Johnny Can’t Read – Rudolph Flesch – the 1955 edition.
WOW! The language that he uses in here to discredit and discount teacher and teacher researchers cuts right to the quick. Flesch also published a version of his work in a research journal which I’m going to hunt down this week to read.

Next up:

Jeanne Chall’s The Great Debate, published in 1967. I’m reading this to have a better understanding of how the “reading wars” debate between whole word and phonics started.