Happy Independence Day to my American readers!
Starting today, I plan to post a book review each week for a year. I am challenging myself to do this because I want to read books for my age group more intentionally this year.
Another blogger asked for a guest post in response to my Favorite Read Aloud Series. I wrote about how I choose books for my class. As I was writing I realized I have categories for books:
1. Books I want to share with everyone
2. Books I share with select students
3. Books I allow, but don't promote
4. Books I ask students to take home and not bring back to school
I won't be reviewing books in level four. I find that it isn't the subject matter of these books and magazines, but the behavior they encourage. I want my students to increase their level of concentration during independent reading. Walking around and showing each other weird pictures from Ripley's Believe it or Not , for example, doesn't foster this deep level of concentration.