November 26, 2009

Books to Be Thankful For - According to 7th Graders

I asked my 7th graders to tell what book they were thankful for and why.  Here's what they had to say:

Breathe: A Ghost Story by Cliff McNash -  because it lead me to read more.
Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan - because it was never boring.  Everything they do was exciting
The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan - because it is entertaining and has lots of action
Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket - because I understand it.  Most other book I don't understand
Inheritance Series by Christopher Paolini - because it got me reading more and made my summer
Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass - because it got me reading again.  And it made me want to be a character in the book.  I could relate to what was happening.
Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick - because it teaches you a lot about how lucky you are
Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown - because it was the 1st book I remember reading by myself
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr., John Archambault - because my mom and dad read it to me
Scat by Carl Hiaasen - because it made me keep reading
The Ugly Series by Scott Westerfeld - because I didn't like reading until 5th grade and the teacher told me about them
The Cay by Theodore Tayler - because it makes you think about what is really important
Jack's Run by Roland Smith - because it's always moving, never boring.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney - becuase it was the first I finished

So - what book(s) are you thankful for??
Me you ask?

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt - because it's the first book in a long time that I've felt ALL my students should read.  You can see my review on it here.
Can You See What I See - because my nonreading 2nd grader will read them.
Dear Diary Series  - because they have taught my daughter a lot


  1. What an excellent question. I say: The Hunger Games. :D

    Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. What a great list! I teach preschool and this got me thinking about what books my students will be thankful for years from now. Is it selfish to hope a few of the ones we've read together will make the list? Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. I teared up while reading what the kids had to say. I am grateful for Graceling by Kristin Cashore because it taught me so much about being a strong woman. Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Great List! I would say the inheri cycle!:)

  5. What a terrific idea! And a great way to get more book suggestions too. When I was a kid the stories by Laura Ingalls Wilder and Beverly Cleary were my favorites at a very early age. Now as an adult the Harry Potter series will always hold a special place in my heart. So creative!

  6. this post. It's every librarian's dream :)