1. On my trip to Barnes and Noble this past Saturday, I stumbled upon the book, Just Jake. It’s written like a diary but geared toward boys, so I knew my students would love it. I had to get it! Not to mention it was brand new and only $3 (yay B&N used section)!
The book is about Jake, a sixth grader, who is struggling to regain his social status in a new school. The pages are filled with Jake’s drawings, and surprisingly sensible bits of advice (or as Jake calls them, “Rules of Awesomeness”). Despite its preteen audience, I really enjoyed reading this! The best part? The author, Jake Marcionette, is only 12 years old! How amazing is that? I can’t wait to tell the students! You can read more about him on his website here.
2. Another book I found in Barnes and Noble’s used section, is Amelia’s Notebook. When I found the two books side by side on the shelf, I was ecstatic! About a week ago, I was telling my students about Amelia’s Notebook, because diary books are very popular right now. I told them that it was my favorite series when I was younger, and that I would try to find a few. I’m so happy that I did, and I will definitely be on the lookout for more! Does anyone else remember Amelia?
3. The last book is a book I’ve been reading, and I just can’t wait to tell you about it, even though I haven’t finished yet (halfway through is enough, right?). The book is called The Tipping Point, and I can’t stop talking about it to anyone who will listen. It’s filled with so much interesting information! The author, Malcom Gladwell, works towards explaining the main idea, the so-called Tipping Point (how something goes from nonexistent to an epidemic, or trend), through easy to understand sub-categories, and examples. From Hush Puppies, to the decline of the New York City crime rate, to the success of Blue’s Clues, Gladwell covers it all. I can’t wait to finish, then check out more of Gladwell’s books.
What are you reading right now?