Read, My Dear (An Independent Reading List)

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We sat down together and went over all the books on The Tornado’s  bookshelf this week. The goal was to create a list of 55 books that she would read this year. She has a tendency to read the same book over and over again – not necessarily a bad thing – but with the amount of time we spend in the library and Barnes and Noble I often feel like when she does that she is missing out on some really good reads.

While I think Independent Reading should not be ruined with an assignment, I also wanted to figure out if she was comprehending what she read. I’ve decided that every night we will discuss what we have read through mini book talks. I used to use book talks a lot in my classroom, and it’s a great way to share what you are reading. In fact, years ago, I wrote a few BookTalks for Pajama Mommy. For now these discussions will be private but she has expressed a desire to record them, so that may happen later….

Anyway, here is our current list.

Independent Reading Log 2012-2013
Title Author
2000 Year Old Man Goes to School, The Brooks, Mel; Carl Reiner
A Chair for My Mother Williams, Vera B.
Abe Lincoln’s Hat Brenner, Martha
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Viorst, Judith
Amelia Badelia and the Surprise Shower Parish, Peggy
Anansi the Spider McDermott, Gerald
Anansi and the Magic Stick Kimmel, Eric
Babar and the Succotash Bird De Brunhoff, Laurent
Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope Grimes, Nikki
Berenstain Bears and the Bad Dream Berenstain, Jan and Stan Berenstain
Charlie and the Caterpillar DeLuise, Dom
Cheerful, Mr. Hangreaves, Roger
Clever, Mr. Hangreaves, Roger
Curious, Little Miss Hangreaves, Roger
Dinosaur Days Milton, Joyce
Empty Pot, The Demi
First Book of Fairy Tales, A Hoffman, Mary
Flat Stanely Brown, Jeff
George Washington and the General’s Dog Waltz, Frank
Go Away Spot, Dick and Jane Foresman, Scott
Goodnight Moon Brown, Margaret Wise
Harry to the Rescue, Harry Cat & Tucker Mouse Feldman, Thea
Iron Man The Crimson Dynamo Returns Shealy, Dennis
It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
Junie B Jones and a Little Monkey Business Park, Barbara
Kingdom of Color, Tangled Lagonegro, Melissa
Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, The Oram, Hiawyn (C.S. Lewis)
Lost Treasure of Dragon’s Cave, The Taylor, Martin
Lost Treasure of Skull Island, The Taylor, Martin
Lost Treasure of the Mummy’s Tomb, The Taylor, Martin
Madeline Bemelmans, Ludwig
Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom Weatherford, Carole Boston
Mouse Makes Words Heling, Katheryn; Deborah Hembrook
My Mommy Hung the Moon Curtis, Jaime Lee
My Shoes Take Me Where I Want To Go Richmond, Marianne
Naughty, Little Miss Hangreaves, Roger
Olivia and her Ducklings Sollinger, Emily
Olivia Plants a Garden Sollinger, Emily
Outdoor Adventures, Bob Books Kertell, Lynn Maslen
Outside My Window, Tangled  Lagonegro, Melissa
Pajama Day, Fancy Nancy O’Connor, Jane
Princess and the Pea, The Isadora, Rachel
Raven McDermott, Gerald
Stone Soup Muth, Jon
Sukey and the Mermaid  San Souci, Robert D.
The Community Center Hood, Susan
The Delectable Cupcakes, Fancy Nancy and O’Connor, Jane
The Doctor’s Office Hood, Susan
The Post Office Albee, Sarah
The Secret of Snow Aikins, Dave
Three Little Pigs, The Wiener, David
Trains, National Geographic Kids Shields, Amy
Trucks, National Geographic Kids Mara, Wil
Wake Up, Sun! Harrison, David
Whoopi’s Big Book of Manners Goldberg, Whoppi
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears Dillon, Leo

2 replies on “Read, My Dear (An Independent Reading List)”

We do this same exact thing for my 12 year old. He also has a tendency to read the same things over and over without a little guidance. I’d love to link to your post to show a reading list for younger kids if that is alright. Thanks so much for sharing!

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