Monday, May 28, 2012

Summer Reading List Linky

Happy Memorial Day!! I want to start by thanking all of the men and woman who have served and currently serve our country for all that you do! Today is also my Dad's birthday so my family is celebrating with some fun in the sun and yummy BBQ!


 These two events always mark the start of SUMMER for me so I am joining in this summer reading linky hosted by Jodi from The Clutter Free Classroom. It's a party/giveaway combo to find out what personal and professional reading you have in store for summer vacation. Click HERE to join in!

These first two I have read before but they are at the top of my professional recommendation list.  I LOVE these books!

The Cornerstone by. Angela Powell

Angela's book is full of practical management solutions for every aspect of your teaching world. It's a must read for new teachers but experienced teachers will still take away a plethora of great ideas!

Teach Like a Champion by. Doug Lemov
Doug's book focuses on instructional techniques, lesson components, delivery techniques, and class routines. It's for anyone who is looking to do some personal professional development, you can pick and through the areas you would most like to improve and also comes with a DVD of teachers implementing each technique in their classroom. My favorite thing about the techniques is they are effective K-12 and the DVDs will model each technique 2-3 different times at various grade levels. 
 (I will also be reading my D5 book again. I've read it cover to cover before but the end of this year was the closest I've ever gotten to having the program up and running (thanks in large part to my student teacher) and this coming year our whole primary team wants to get on board- yay!!  I also want to read through No More I'm Done because I hear it's a good one for Writers Workshop management tips.)

Moving on to my leisure reading...Am I the only one who feels like I do not have time to read for fun until summer vacation rolls around?

 I am a HUGE Jodi Picoult Fan! Her stories always central around highly controversial issues and she captures the grey areas so remarkably. I've read almost all her books but I still have a few that I haven't and Perfect Match is the next one on my list.

And I think I am going to jump on the Hunger Game bandwagon. I can download the books for free on my Kindle from the lending library so myself and Katniss will be spending some time together at the pool this summer.

I can't wait to see what everyone else is going to be reading so I can add to my list!

Happy long weekend!!


  1. I've read No More I'm Done and LOVED it! I hope you like it!

  2. So glad I found your site! I am rereading D5 again this summer as well. And I love Jodi Picoult, but you're right - summer is the only time for leisure reading! Oh and we celebrated my dad's birthday this weekend too!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  3. I heart Jodi P too . . . I have read all of them except her newest one. Not so sure how I feel about the whole wolf thing. You will love the Hunger Games. I waited to jump on the bandwagon until last month and it only took me four days to finish the series. I am your newest follower :) Pop in for a visit if you get a chance.

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

  4. LOVED The Hunger Games trilogy!!! I also LOVE LOVE LOVE Daily 5. Unfortunately, I won't be able to use it next year but I am hoping to make my new principal a believer. I am your newest follower and would love for you to check out my blog!!


  5. I'm loving this linky :)

    Lisa- Thanks for the recommendation, it's at the top of my list!

    Sara- We're like two bloggers from the same pod!

    Kelley & Cindy- I've heard HG is a super fast read and I'm excited to be in the know. I never got on board with Twilight series but I have high hopes for Hunger Games!

  6. I am also re-reading The Daily 5 and I just received the Cafe! I also held out on the Hunger Games, but read through it very quickly and will probably read the rest of the series:) I have never heard of No More I'm Done, I will have to check it out.

    Surfin' Through Second

  7. Just found you! I like the name of your blog.
    LOVED the Hunger Games.
    I like Jodi's books, but some I avoid 'cause they're such tear jerkers.
    Happy reading!

    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

  8. Been meaning to pick up a Jodi Picoult book. The "No More I'm Done" book looks like it would be really good. Hunger Games is really great. I want to also read Gregor the Overlander by Collins.

    April @ The Idea Backpack

  9. I thought I was the only one who hadn't read Hunger Games yet. I'm about 1/3 of the way through and for the first time ever want to jump the end so I can know what happens (I won't do that-but very, very tempted :).


  10. LOVE Teach Like a Champion! Wonderful read for all educators.

  11. You will love the Hunger Games!

    Once Upon a Teaching Blog