What books are on YOUR bedside table? - The Teacher Studio: Learning, Thinking, Creating

What books are on YOUR bedside table?

Hello!  Just thought I'd carry on from my Friday post about favorite read alouds. . . and today thought I'd share the NEXT books I plan on reading!  I have to be careful to not get too many books on my bedside table because my special feline friend knocks them over in the night.  Right now there are three . . . but I finished one of them yesterday, so I am looking for suggestions!

My team is considering reading "Flutter" with our next unit as it is deep in symbolism and we want to tackle some of those deeper literary elements in our next unit--things like flashback and foreshadowing and symbols.  I read it and liked it but wasn't "wowed" by it.  That being said, I read "Tiger Rising" 3 times on my own and didn't really ever like it but when I shared it with my students, they got SO into it!  We STILL talk about it today . . .

So--what books are on your "to read" list right now?  Do you have any books that are full of great literary elements that I might want to add to my stack?  

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Thanks for stopping by--enjoy the rest of your weekend!


  1. I loved Wonder and am doing it as a read aloud with my class focusing on point of view and social skills.

    One and Only wasn't my favorite as I thought it was slow. I read it as I live in the Seattle area where the story takes place.

    1. I haven't heard ANYONE complain about Wonder...I still haven't finished Ivan--we shall see!

  2. I just finished the One and Only Ivan last week. I thought it was good, but not as amazing as others have claimed. I actually just finished Wonder last night. I thought that book was fantastic. I am recommending it to everyone I know. One of the best I have read in a very long time.

    Eclectic Educating

  3. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is one of my favorite reads. It's great for teaching folktales and cultural elements.

    1. I'm not familiar with that one! Adding it to my list!

  4. I love "Wonder" and there is so much you can do with it. I am reading "The One and Only Ivan" right now - think there are some good jumping off points to discuss zoos and keeping animals in captivity. Read "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane" last year and loved it, we all cried.

    Looking From Third to Fourth

    1. Have you read Tiger Rising? I wonder if kids would make a connection between it and The One and Only Ivan--both deal with animals in captivity...

  5. Our Grade 5s read 'The Girl Who Owned a City' every couple of years and love it. It's not for every year group but it has some fabulous discussion points. I'm looking for new books too - we've read the same ones for a couple of years now and I think it's time for a change.


  6. The fifth grade teacher keeps raving about Wonder; it's on my summer reading list. I'm reading "Hatching Magic," a student has loaned me "A Dark and Grimm Tale" to read next (yes, I ask students to borrow their books on occasion to keep me current and teach reciprocity!) I just bought about 6 books from the Scholastic Book Fair yesterday, and I just put "The Seems, The Split Second" in my Amazon basket. Now I just need a vacation to read them all in!

  7. I vote for Wonder! Absolutley loved it! Great book with great life lessons!

    Wild About Fifth Grade

    1. Can't wait to read it...haven't heard anything bad! I wonder how it compares with "Out of My Mind"--one I haven't read because I'm afraid it will hit too close to home with me...


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