With the arrival of 2014, I wonder how many people have made resolutions about diet, exercise, new activities with which they plan to become involved? I like the concept shared by Scholastic at the following link. Scholastic Parent Page.
It suggests completing an individual reading resolution sheet which can be downloaded from the site.
• How many books do readers plan to read this year?
• How will readers keep track of their books?
• How often readers will readers visit the library?
• What new authors, series, and genres do readers plan to explore?
• And more…
The Reading Resolution also has a small section where readers will commit to practicing strong reader behaviors, like reading a few chapters or pages before they give up on a text, using self-monitoring skills, finding answers to questions, and talking to people about what they read.”
Funnily enough, I have just reviewed my 2013 reading journal and discovered that I managed to read only 53 books last year, a total which disappointed me somewhat. Statistically, 30 were titles I reviewed for either ReadPlus, Allen & Unwin or the Children’s Book Council. Another 7 were the titles we discussed at my non-school related book club, several were titles which had been shortlisted for Older Readers or titles mentioned at professional development or the CBC Book Club I attend and just a few were simply “escapist” literature. When I looked back more closely I noted that, in fact, I’d read another 9 titles as I reviewed 5 Too Cool and 5 Marcie books in the same review. Phew…make that 62 books for the year at least! If you then add the CBC short listed titles, add another 24 books as I read all of the Picture books, Early Childhood titles, Books for Younger Readers and the non-fiction choices so my total crept up to 86. I’ve proven to myself that I will need to keep better records in the New Year and aim to challenge myself to read at least 100 titles. You may have noticed that I’ve included the picture books I read too. Personally, I think that’s fair. Some are brilliant pieces of literature and couldn’t possibly have been left off of my reading list. The others were just a nice way to keep up with the new releases for young children.
What were my favourite titles last year? Well…I loved the illustrated version of Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse and can’t wait to use it with a class. Wonder by Joe Paloaci was an amazing account of life for a young boy with a disfigured face as he began school amid the teasing and taunting of his class mates. Pookie Aleera is Not My Boyfriend, shortlisted by the CBC is one I read to 3 different classes and which appealed to them all so I had to have loved that! For Year 7s entering Year 8…look out for The Fault in Our Stars and Too Many Katherines, both by John Green. The former is about cancer sufferers and, although it contains romance, is perfect for boys and girls alike. It is laugh out loud funny, sad and poignant and yet uplifting at the same time. Apparently, it is a massively sought after title in secondary schools and students do NOT want to borrow it in electronic versions…they want REAL books. Amina and Shahana, titles in the Through My Eyes series are also titles I’d highly recommend to all students in years 5 and up as well as to all teachers, thanks to the fabulous teacher notes which were written by an ex- Teacher Librarian. Of course, boys especially will love the eighth Skulduggery Pleasant book, Last Stand of Dead Men. I’m just cross that I read it before the final book in the series is due to be released as I know I’ll have forgotten by then what happened in Book 8 and get annoyed by Book 9 until it finally gets me sucked in again and I can remember the key points!
If you do set yourself some reading resolutions for this year, come and talk to me about them and we’ll see if we can spur one another on and ensure I reach my goal of 100 books. Maybe you can read “half a hundred”?