I have been branching out and reading more nonfiction as well as adult fiction, since I read so much fantasy and kids books. It is a little more difficult to read nonfiction and adult novels, but I like struggling and getting my brain stronger?!
- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel – I had first listened to the audio and it was super hard to follow. I know there is someone named Jeevan and that the beginning takes place in a theater, but I understood nothing after that. I had a hard time getting through the paper version too but I am seeing how it’s a very imaginative and well thought out book. It reminds me of The Hunger Games for adults.
- The Canning Season by Polly Horvath – Polly Horvath is my spirit author. She gets me because she knows that life can be weird and strange, and adults can be unreliable, and she attaches no judgment to any of it. It just is and that is what makes a book like The Canning Season so awesome.
- The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer – I normally don’t read biographies but I’m glad I picked up this one because it is very inspiring. I would use it to talk to students about persevering and trusting that your work will result in something, even if no one supports you. Good luck to William!
- This Is Our Constitution by Khizr Khan – Since I am teaching U.S. History, I thought I should read up on the Constitution. (Too bad I was not able to translate my passion for this book to my students.) I wish all 8th graders had a copy of this book because it uses kid-friendly language to explain the Constitution, and in our current political climate that is very important.
- How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way – My nephew goes to a Montessori preschool and I am hoping I can incorporate some Montessori methods in my class next year. This book talks about it from the lens of parents and what they can do at home, such as giving children sensory experiences and creating a safe environment for them to play. It might be tricky to incorporate that in a public school because there are so many standards to follow, but I think the basic thing about letting children feel capable is something I can argue for in my classroom.