Saturday, June 1, 2013

Armchair BEA - Picture Books to Young Adult

Yay!  Today's Armchair BEA topic is to discuss favorite picture books to young adult books!  This is my favorite topic since I'm a 5th/6th grade ELA (English/Language Arts) gifted intervention specialist for accelerated readers.  My students LOVE to read, so they need lots of good suggestions.  Because I'm a big believer in choice and wide and voracious reading, I have a large classroom library.  I challenged them with Donalyn Miller's 40 Book Challenge last year and will up it to 50 this coming year.  This is the first day of summer for us since school ended yesterday, so I will begin the Fifth Annual Bookaday Challenge and will e-mail the kids and challenge them to do it with me.  Therefore, we need lots of good ideas - picture books count in the Bookaday Challenge since some days you might have to fill in with shorter texts to meet the challenge.

I love children's literature because writers for children can capture the simplest things and make them meaningful.  I love the camaraderie created in a classroom when great books are shared and discussed.  I love the community of kids, teachers, and parents children's literature brings together.  I love teaching children, and I love teaching reading.  When my two favorite things come together it equals children's literature!!  This is going to be a long post, so get ready for lots of books!

My favorites:
City Dog, Country Frog
This might be my all-time favorite picture book because it's about my favorite theme topic: leaving a legacy (you'll see a few other recommendations in this list that have the same theme). I also love circular story structures.   City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems, illustrated by Jon J. Muth
Flora and the Flamingo
Love, love, love this book - it's wordless!  Flora & the Flamingo by Molly Idle  Molly's newest book, Tea Rex is also a gem. 
I even own an original watercolor by Matthew Cordell!  Jealous?!
Unspoken: A Story From the Underground Railroad
Another wordless one!  My students loved this book.
This is Not My Hat  I Want My Hat Back
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
Saturdays and Teacakes
If you ever get a chance to hear Lester read aloud, GO!
Thank You, Mr. Falker
All the Places to Love
The Red Tree
Okay, I could go on and on, but I'll move on to...
(Classics first)
Now there's a cool graphic novel adaptation, too!
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo (really, ANYTHING by Kate DiCamillo is fantastic)
The audio version is fantastic!
The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy, #1) 
The entire Harry Potter series, of course!
Again, I could go on and on...
If I taught high school, we would be reading all of John Green's books AND watching all his Vlogbrothers videos!
The Absolute Value of Mike
This could be categorized as a middle grade novel, too.
This is also appropriate for a middle grade classroom.
Code Name Verity
I Am Messenger is also great!
Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip
Going Vintage
Nineteen Minutes
I also love lots of the science fiction young adult novel series that are popular right now:  Delirium, Divergent, Cinder, Hunger Games, Matched, Legend, etc.
Okay, I'm done.  I knew I would get carried away, and I did!  I can't wait to read all the other Armchair BEA blog posts today!!

1 comment:

  1. You have a lot of great picks here! It's amazing how varied children's lit can be!