Thursday, March 02, 2006

Thursday Thirteen - Thirteen Books for Read Across America Week

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Books to Read for Read Across America Week

I'm a reading teacher, and books are a major part of my life. Here are thirteen of my favorites - some for children - some for adults - and a combination of genres

1. The Giver by Lois Lowry (I first read this as an adult and was thoroughly captivated by the story. A futuristic story for mature upper elementary children)

2. Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco (A true Civil War story from Polacco's family. I can't get through it without crying. Even more touching because it's true. Great for all ages)

3. Summer My Father Was Ten by Pat Brisson (for elementary age children - a story about respect, neighbors, and making amends and learning from mistakes)

4. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (for upper elementary children - a story of survival in the Canadian wilderness)

5. Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl (About Frankl's experience in Nazi concentration camps, and what he learned from it)

6. The Good Earth by Pearl Buck (I first read this in high school and still remember it clearly. Set in China - a tale of survival and hardship and priorities)

7. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth's Children #1) by Jean Auel (I read this when it first came out many years ago. It's the best one of the series)

8. Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For? by Rick Warren (Provides a plan for a purposeful life)

9. Whoever You Are by Mem Fox (I love the rhythm of this book for young children)

10. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (I read this in high school, too, and it still remains a favorite)

11. Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss (A classic for all ages. Children love the rhymes and sillines)

12. Frindle by Andrew Clements (For upper elementary children - how even children can change the world)

13. The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg (Stimulates the imagination - wonderful inspiration for writing)

Links to other Thursday Thirteens!

1. Norma

2. Shelli

3. YellowRose

4. Mel

5. owlhaven

6. Jen

7. Kimmy

8. Ruth

9. Joan

10. Jane

11. LadyBug

12. Elle

13. Moe

14. Lyn

15. Stacie

16. Enigma

17. Mama B.

18. Chickadee

19. Jane (better safe than sorry)

20. mar

21. Denise

22. kdubs

23. Lazy Daisy

24. d. challener roe

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Tanya said...

Great list - one I may refer back to. I'm actually reading The Good Earth right now, and am loving it. Has been recommended repeatedly to me, so I bought it off eBay (!!!).

My 13 are up.

Eric said...

Frankl's book is a definite regular read least every year or so. Great list! Will have to follow up on your recommendations.

Thanks for visiting my Thirteen.

Titanium said...

Great list! I've read most of them & will be checking out the others from my library. Thanks for visiting my TT. :)