School ends at noon tomorrow–days later than usual this year due to a bunch of make-up days for winter snow, windstorms, and power outages! It was a tough winter in the Northwest!
Since my Leave of Absence will continue through next year, I am now in the process of boxing up 20 years worth of teaching materials and my Class Library, and moving it all to storage to make room for a new 6th grade teacher.
My Class Library has so far filled 8 boxes, and there’s still more to pack after the kids leave. It’s an amazing collection, and if I had the room (which I don’t) I’d bring all those books home to read or reread. I’ve been collecting these books for years, and it’s amazing how they have survived being read by so many students. (Most of my classes have taken really good care of them, obviously!) Yes, some of them have been read to death, but what a noble death for a book! I don’t mind tossing them, when they’re literally falling apart because so many kids have loved them. And, of course, I’ve always replaced those special ones.
So, in case you’re curious about which books have been my 6th graders’ favorites over the years, here’s a partial list:
- Any of the books by Brian Jacques
- All the Harry Potter books
- The Giver, Gathering Blue, and Messenger (the trilogy by Lois Lowry)
- The Cay, by Theodore Taylor
- The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
- Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World, by Jennifer Armstrong
- The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, by Avi
- Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen
- Any of the books by Roald Dahl
- The Pendragon series, by D.J. MacHale (I’ve had to replace The Merchant of Death twice since it came out in paperback in 2002)
- The Borrowers, by Mary Norton
- Inkheart, by Cornelia Funke
- Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine
- Holes, by Louis Sachar
- The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett
- Walk Two Moons, by Sharon Creech
- Artemis Fowl, by Eoin Colfer
- From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E.L. Konigsburg
- The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis
- The Call of the Wild, by Jack London
- His Dark Materials Trilogy, by Philip Pullman
I find fewer reluctant readers in 6th grade these days. The literature for this age group has always been rich and wonderful, but I think it just keeps getting even better! I’ve read many, many of the books in my Class Library, but there are still so many more I want to read.