7 things about me

I have been tagged by Mary Lee over at A Year of Reading.  I think I will follow her lead and post 7 things about me as a reader. 

7 Things about TheReadingZone as a Reader: 


1)  My to-be-read piles (yes, piles) are strewn about my house, in no particular order.  Sometimes, I don’t even know where to begin when it comes to what to read next!

2)Right now, I am reading aloud “The Postcard” by Tony Abbott to my class.  My morning class thinks it is ok, and my afternoon class absolutely loves it.  That’s what I love about teaching two classes- they can be so different! 

3)  Right now, I am reading “The Aurora County All-Stars” by Deborah Wiles.  

4)  I have never read the His Dark Materials books.  After the recent controversy, “The Golden Compass” has moved farther down on my to-be-read pile.  Not because I don’t want to read it, but because I am tired of hearing about it!  

5)  I am determined to read the Newbery before it is picked.  Maybe not this year, but I do think I have a good shot this year!  I have read over 100 children’s/YA books since last January, and about 15 adult books in that same time period.  

6)  I prefer middle grade/YA lit over adult lit almost any day.  I do have a soft spot for chick lit, though.  My latest guilty pleasure is the Megan Mccafferty Jessica Darling series.  It reminds me of a more grown-up version of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.  Plus, it takes place in NJ! 

7)  I am not a huge fan of adventure books, or boy books, as my students call them.  I detest “Hatchet” and most Gary Paulsen books.  Most likely because I just can’t connect with them!  

I tag- everyone!  😉 

Top Ten Picture Books

After reading this post over at the Seattle Post Intelligencer blog, I decided to make my own list of top ten picture books. My criteria range from my own personal favorites to those that I love to use in writing workshop.

Top Ten (in no particular order)

The Lorax (Classic Seuss) by Dr. Seuss

Night in the Country by Cynthia Rylant

17 Things I’m Not Allowed to Do Anymoreby Jenny Offill

Don’t Laugh at Me (Reading Rainbow Book) by Steve Seskin, Allen Shamblin, and Glin Dibley

Hurry and the Monarch by Antoine O Flatharta

Nothing Ever Happens On 90th Street by Roni Schotter and Krysten Brooker

A Chair for My Mother 25th Anniversary Edition (Reading Rainbow Book) by Vera B. Williams

The Journey: Stories Of Migration by Cynthia Rylant

Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco

The Butterfly by Patricia Polacco

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst and Ray Cruz

Wow, what a variety! I never realized my choices of picture books runs such a gamut of topics and authors. So let me see your lists!