I have this problem.
This one teeny-tiny little problem.
I like books.
I like books a lot.
I have had summer jobs for over
10 20 30 years just to pay for my book habit.
In fact, I would not be stepping out on a limb here if I said,
“I LOVE BOOKS.”
So when I heard that TCRWP was going to develop lists of books for classroom libraries,
one side of me said,
“YAY, now I will know what the top of the line BEST books are!”
while the more frugal side of me said,
“Darn, I’ll need another job because this is really going to hurt my book budget!”
90th Saturday FREE Reunion – Teachers College Reading and Writing Project
So here is what I think I heard in Session 4. Get the Latest Scoop on Books and on the To-Die-For-Classroom Library Project
Lucy Calkins, Shana Frazin, Norah Mallaney. Molly Picardi and Heather Michael were all gathered in 136 Thompson to explain progress with the #TCRWP Classroom Library Project. (If you have not heard about the classroom project, you can read about it here on the TCRWP website. Read it now and then come back!)
Goals / Process:
- Develop a state of the art classroom library that students will want to and will be able to read.
- Make sure every word of every book is read so no surprise language exists anywhere.
- Represent the diverse culture we see in our current world.
Lists were solicited from teachers and other TCRWP literacy aficionados. However, approximately 50% of the books on the lists were picture books. The review team has searched for chapter books, when appropriate by level, to increase the volume of print as well as continued to monitor a balance of fiction and nonfiction. Book levels were also a concern as Lucy said, “Levels need to be accurate. We want the right books in kids’ hands; books they can and do read!”
Here are pictures of book covers of some of the books recommended for the libraries of students in grades 3 – 5.
And then for students in grades K 2:
- Rigby’s Where does Food Come From?
- Hammerray – Mrs. Wishy Washy
The group shared some of the things they had learned before a quick guided tour of the book review work.
- Titles for book bins do matter so the labels will be preprinted.
- Curating a collection of books that will sustain students’ interest is hard.
- High-low books are not all equal for middle school readers and finding age-appropriate and conceptually appropriate leveled books for MS students is tough.
Lucy reiterated that these would NOT just be your favorite books and few picture books would be included in classroom libraries. Why? Because 4 student chapter books could be bought for the price of one picture book. The few that are included will be in the brief “Read Aloud” section of the shelf!
What books do you know?
What books look interesting to you?
I ordered (10 books) and saved copies of those book covers during the session (to my “blog pictures” folder on my desktop). Ten was my limit! I read through my notes on Sunday and pulled the pictures of the remaining book covers and spent time perusing Hameray and other book publisher sites. A.lot.of.time! (Remember I said I had a book problem. Did you really think I could click without stopping to read? I had to look up Joy Cowley and then I was interested in her woodworking and then back to just how many Mrs. Wishy Washy books are there? Wonder . . . I created the opening, defined my categories, added the tags and then pasted in my notes from my Word Document. I did have to reload all the pictures into WordPress, but I had put the names into my doc so it went quickly.
Thank you, Anna, Betsy, Beth, Dana, Deb, Kathleen, Stacey, and Tara. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here. It’s the March Slice of Life Challenge so be ready to read DAILY posts!