My Favorite Books

I LOVE to read! Here is my GoodReads account.

Here are some of my favorite teacher books: 

51c7vKRzfFL._AA160_51svEql0jkL._AA160_Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess and Learn Like a Pirate by Paul Solarz– I have whole other tabs and blog posts regarding these two books. They are super inspirational and contain some really exciting new ways to teach that I can’t wait to try! They involve making instruction engaging and exciting, and relinquishing control over to your students to make them take charge of their own learning.

41r7dn2oBJL._SX352_BO1,204,203,200_The Third Teacher- A lot of my ideas for my crazy deskless classroom came from this book. It has a lot of information for people building schools, but there are things you can apply to your already built school.

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32 Third Graders and a Class Bunny (and its sequel, Close Encounters of the Third Grade Kind) by Phillip Done- These books are hilarious stories from the author’s experience teaching. Any teacher will totally relate. My favorite story is when he gets his tie caught in the laminating machine 😉

519xZgWre1L._SX348_BO1,204,203,200_Leadership Coaching for Educators by Karla Reiss- I love working with teachers and giving PD classes, so coaching is something I am very interested in. This is a really good, practical guide to coaching other teachers.

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Here are some of my favorite books to read aloud to my third graders: I always try to align my read alouds to our curriculum: 

51rOK+cTYwL._SX373_BO1,204,203,200_The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis– This one doesn’t align, but I like to read it first because it is one of my favorite books and I can show the kids my passion for reading. If the kids enjoy this book I sometimes read them Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, or the Silver Chair also.

Pdownloadercy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan– This book takes a long time to get through, but the kids really love it. We study Ancient Rome. This book has a lot to do with Ancient Greece which my students study in second grade, so we do a lot of compare and contrast. We also study astronomy and can make many comparisons in mythology.

51NTmKpsfnL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_My America: Elizabeth’s Jamestown Diary by Patricia Hermes- I am always surprised that the kids like this story since historical fiction is not my personal favorite, but they get really invested Elizabeth’s life and they get a really good first person view of what life was like in the early stages of the 13 colonies.

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51cTIpSJacL._SX325_BO1,204,203,200_The BFG by Roald Dahl– We do a book club where all the students are reading different Roald Dahl books, so I read this aloud during that unit.

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614+9RogOVL._SX338_BO1,204,203,200_Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein- This book doesn’t exactly align, but it talks all about books and libraries, so I squeeze it in when I have time. It was a finalist for the National Children’s Book award last year.

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download (1)Peter Pan (abridged) by JM Barrie– One of our units is Classics and all the kids are reading different Classic Start books, so I read Peter Pan at that time.

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51hHgyrI1PL._SX335_BO1,204,203,200_The School Story by Andrew Clements- We write personal narratives at the beginning of the year and I read this book at that time. It’s a great personal narrative as well as a great “you can do anything you put your mind to” kind of book.

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51+cRtNBUyL._AA160_Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica George Day– I read this one while we are writing fairy tales.

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And for good measure, here are some of my all time favorite books and series, completely unrelated to school, in no particular order: 

51telt3xSoL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis 

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41v5r8HSynL._SY240_BO1,204,203,200_The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling 

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Percy JacksonThe Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan 

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516eMLHT9DL._AA160_The Austin Family Series by Madeleine L’Engle 

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51lB-mUx9KL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare 

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51-2eilnVbL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth 

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511UE0Uq4KL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield

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51Q+CphZ7rL._SX340_BO1,204,203,200_Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist 

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51DxkexIVJL._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_On the Shoulders of Hobbits by Louis Markos 

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51FXbatBjaL._SX333_BO1,204,203,200_The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis 

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41-pfQ2q+UL._SX305_BO1,204,203,200_True Believer by Nicholas Sparks 

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There are a million-trillion links in this post, if any of them aren’t working please let me know! Thanks! 

What are your favorite books? 

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