Friday, June 5, 2015

5th-Grade Independent Reading List

Every year at this time I post the list of books N. has read over the past year (I keep track throughout the year at Listography).  I'm quite proud of the quantity, quality, and wide range of books N. has read during his 5th grade year.  All my hand-wringing in previous years about his previous habit of dipping in to favorite books rather than reading new books straight from start to finish feels a bit silly now.  Not only did he read many many new books straight through this year, he also read some that I'd previously read aloud to him (for example, Knight's Castle), and he found this quite fun.  He still dips in to old favorites, especially Calvin and Hobbes, Asterix, and Tintin.  And he regularly reads Trains Magazine, Classic Trains Magazine, National Geographic, Discover Magazine, Popular Mechanics, nonfiction books about trains, train stations, and other architecture.  So all that, plus the books below, made up his 5th grade reading.  He has really become a committed, passionate reader of both fiction and nonfiction.

This has been a slowly unfolding process and sometimes I have been less than patient.  But I think several factors made it all finally click.  First, time -- time during the day (and night) to read when a book grabbed him.  And time over several years to let fiction reading catch fire.  A tiny bit of nagging on my part if he seemed to have lost interest in a novel would push him either to pick it up again or move on to something else.  When he really likes a book and asks me to read it so we can talk about it, I do that.  We have a house filled with books and Tim and I are always reading both for work and for fun; we're each currently in book clubs, so we're modeling reading as a social experience as well as a solitary pleasure.  N.'s friends, both boys and girls, all like reading, and that's been an important element of his development as a reader.

As always, I welcome your suggestions for books N. might enjoy reading in 6th grade.

Books my 10-year-old read:
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
  • Beowulf (translated by Burton Raffel) (read 1/4)
  • Tintin: Destination Moon by Herge (again)
  • Henry Reed, Inc. by Keith Robertson
  • Henry Reed's Babysitting Service by Keith Robertson
  • The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessel
  • Emily Windsnap and The Monster of the Deep by Liz Kessel
  • Emily Windsnap and the Castle in the Mist by Liz Kessel
  • Asterix Omnibus #7
  • Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun by Herge (again)
  • London Underground by Design by Mark Ovenden
  • Knight's Castle by Edward Eager
  • Forget-Me-Nots: Poems to Learn by Heart ed. Mary Ann Hoberman
  • Paris Underground: The Maps, Stations, and Design of the Metro by Mark Ovenden
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle
  • The Time Garden by Edward Eager
  • Captain Underpants #1-8
  • Wildwood by by Colin Meloy
  • The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson
  • Pinky Pye by Eleanor Estes
  • Emily Windsnap and the Siren's Secret by Liz Kessel
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein (read opening chapter)
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid #7, #8, and #9 by Jeff Kinney
  • The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Ried Banks
  • The Return of the Indian by Lynne Reid Banks
  • Asterix omnibus #8
  • Bad Cat, Good Cat by Lynne Reid Banks
  • The Secret of the Indian by Lynne Reid Banks
  • Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? By Roz Chast
  • The Mystery of the Indian by Lynne Reid Banks
  • Hardy Boys #1
  • Zita the Spacegirl #1 by Ben Hatke
  • Big Nate: In a Class By Himself by Lincoln Pierce
  • Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath
  • Legends of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
  • Return of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (first three chapters)
  • Big Nate Strikes Again by Lincoln Pierce
  • Under Wildwood by Colin Meloy
  • One Year in Coal Harbor by Polly Horvath (read 1/4)
  • Wildwood Imperium by Colin Meloy
  • Cat in the City by Julie Salamon
  • The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #1, 2, & 3 by Maryrose Wood
  • Nancy Drew Diaries: Curse of the Arctic Star by Carolyn Keene
  • Tales of a Fourth-Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
  • Asterix: How Obelix Fell into the Magic Potion When He Was a Little Boy
  • Chi's Sweet Home by Kanata Konami #10 & 11
  • Superfudge by Judy Blume (in process)
  • The Spy Lady and the Muffin Man by Sesyle Joslin (in process)
June 2014-May 2015

Previous years' lists of independent reading are here:
4th grade
3rd grade
2nd grade

Here's my list of this year's read-alouds.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

5th-Grade Read-Aloud List

Every year at this time I post the list of books Tim and I have read aloud to N. over the past year.  You can see quite a few titles from Tim's improvised curriculum of biographies and autobiographies here, most of which I have not yet blogged about.  If I had to name favorites of those I read to N., I'd say he especially loved Minnow of the Say, The Wheel on the School, The Evolution of Calpernia Tate, and the two Alice in Wonderland books.  We also, at his request, reread a couple favorites, including two Betsy-Tacy books and Winter Holiday Tim reads to N. first thing every school morning but it gets harder and harder for me to squeeze in nightly read-aloud time as we go to evening music concerts, as N. does music theory homework and practices cello, as he wants to read himself before bed.  But N. still wants me to read to him, and I treasure sharing books with him, so we'll keep at it!  As always, I welcome recommendations of books to read aloud in the coming year.

Books we read to our 10-year-old:
  • Confessions by Jean-Jacques Rousseau (read by T.)
  • Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey (read 1/2)
  • Prairie Town Boy by Carl Sandburg (read 2/3)
  • From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
  • Minnow on the Say by Phillipa Pearce
  • Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill by Maud Hart Lovelace
  • The Wheel on the School by Meinert DeJong
  • All-of-a-Kind Family by Sidney Taylor
  • The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
  • Autobiography by John Stuart Mill (portions; read by T.)
  • "Thomas Arnold of Rugby" from Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey (read by T.)
  • The Big Sea by Langston Hughes (read by T.)
  • The Fire Within by Henry Rowan (read by T.)
  • Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown by Maud Hart Lovelace
  • Winter Holiday by Arthur Ransome
  • Ramona Forever by Beverly Cleary
  • Ramona the Brave by Beverly Cleary
  • Emily's Runaway Imagination by Beverly Cleary
  • Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
  • The Great Brain Does it Again by John D. Fitzgerald
  • Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright.
  • The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell (read by T.)
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (first 4 chapters)
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
June 2014-May 2015

Previous read-aloud lists:
4th grade
3rd grade
2nd grade
1st grade