Each year, as school comes to a close, I like to run some statistics to see how our collection is being used. I run reports for the top 50 check outs of the school year, and then the top 10 based on format. It would come as no surprise to anyone who has spent any time at my school that graphic novels rule the day. With 5 active comic book clubs, the format is beloved. We do have some straight fiction and non-fiction in the mix as well.
Without further ado, here are some of the top 50 with the audience of tweens in mind!
Sunny Side Up, by Jennifer Holm
Nimona, by Noelle Stevenson
A Tale Dark and Grimm, by Adam Gidwitz
Auggie and Me, by R.J. Palacio
So You Want to Be a Jedi, by Adam Gidwitz
The Apothecary, by Maile Meloy
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, by Jeff Kinney
The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate
I'd love to know what your students/patrons loved this year!
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Wednesday, May 04, 2016
|1st graders explore the cover before|
reading. Photo by S. Chapman
I am reminded time and time again, that my school is a pretty special place. Yes, 4 year olds can talk about what it means to be transgender, as can 7 year olds, 10 year olds and 17 year olds. There are different entry points to these discussions and different directions that they can take.
Our community read aloud came about because of the Human Rights Campaign surrounding the cancellation of a read aloud of the book to support a transgender student in in Mount Horeb, WI. From the HRC website -
“Transgender children and youth are being targeted by anti-LGBTQ lawmakers and hate groups,” ... “Now, more than ever, they need to hear from adults who support and affirm them and help others understand who they are. And that can be as simple as sitting down for story time and opening a children’s book.”
Oftentimes teachers and librarians shy away from having discussions or sharing books that may provoke a reaction from some of the community. It is important to realize that by not sharing stories about all people, whole segments of our communities are silenced. As has been stated again and again in the We Need Diverse Books campaign, books are windows and mirrors. And when young readers don't ever see themselves, they often feel lost and alone.
So if you've been avoiding booktalking or reading aloud certain titles, just dive in and do it. Chances are someone in the audience will breathe a huge sigh of relief, and others will have their eyes opened.