Thursday, January 3, 2013

Books I Want to Read - Reading Roundup Linky Party

I'm always collecting suggestions for different books, either to read professionally, for enjoyment, or to use in my classroom to help teach a skill.

What's on your To-Read List?

Join my Reading Roundup Linky Party and share one professional book you want to read, one book you want to read strictly for pleasure, and one you want to use to teach a skill in your classroom. Remember, these are books you have not read yet, but are next on your To Read List.

If you want to link up, grab the button above and link back to this post.

Here's my list:

Professional Book:

How To Teach Like a Pirate, by Dave Burgess
I've seen this book mentioned on a couple of blogs. I'm a firm believer that a teacher's enthusiasm for learning is one of the main influences on a child's learning. From what I've heard, this book reinforces that idea.

Here's another professional book I've already ordered from Amazon. (I know I said one book, but, really, who can limit books?)

Total Participation Techniques, by Himmele and Himmele 
I read about this tonight and ordered it right away. I'm all for learning about anything that has to do with student engagement.

Pleasure Reading:

Heading Out to Wonderful, by Robert Goolrick  This one is waiting on my bedside table for me. I read a review on it in "Southern Living" and ordered it. Amazon describes it as "a novel of obsession and love gone terribly wrong in a place where once upon a time such things could never happen."

Book to Teach a Skill:

My Even Day and One Odd Day, by Doris Fisher

I love using literature in my math class. It hooks the kids. I found these two books while browsing the Amazon site one day. Since this is our next skill in Math, I ordered them. As soon as they come in, I'll be posting a freebie based on both books, so be sure to check back!

Have fun linking up. I can't wait to get lots of new book ideas from you to add to my To Read List!
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  1. Great ideas. Any good books for a snow day (unrelated to teaching?)

    1. I've already seen several books that look perfect for a snow day on the linky. I'm reading Stephen King's 11/23/63 right now. It's pretty good, but I can't figure out where he's going with the story!
      Mary at Pitner's Potpourri

  2. LOVE this idea! I LOVE anything that has to do with encouraging reading! I am totally going to partake in this linky party. Give me a day or two and I'll post. I'll let you know when. As always...I just love your ideas and enthusiasm for teaching! Keep inspiring!

    1. I can't wait to see your list! Thanks for linking up!
      Mary at Pitner's Potpourri

  3. "Teach Like a Pirate", eh?? Sounds like fun! The even and odd books sound like a great idea. I've tried to make sure I'm talking about those two concepts all year since we don't have one built into our curriculum. Thanks for the linky!

    1. Thanks for linking up! I'm your newest follower. I loved ALL your suggestions in the linky.
      Mary at Pitner's Potpourri

  4. Hi Mary,
    Great idea! I've already found a couple books I need to add to my list! I love your choice for a professional book. Engagement is always something I can use tips for. Does your school subscribe to Tumble Books? If so, interactive versions the odd and even books are on there.
    Literacy Spark

    1. I'll have to check out Tumble Books. Thanks for the idea.

      Mary at Pitner's Potpourri

  5. Great list! I am adding your books to my 'to-read' list (the list that never ends!) Thanks for sharing the great ideas!
    Using My Teacher Voice

  6. Thanks for starting this linky! Lots of great suggestions here to get me thinking. I'll be linking up soon.


  7. Ok I posted my To Read List today! check it out at: http://communicationstationspeechtx.blogspot.com/2013/01/reading-roundup-linky-party-with.html
    Thanks for the great idea!!!

  8. Teach like a pirate seems like a great read. I'll have to add that to my list.

    room 4 imagination

  9. I love this linky party. I just linked up and I can't wait to come back and see more suggestions from other teachers.

    Darling Little Learners

  10. Hi Mary,
    These books look great! Teach Like a Pirate looks fun. I have to check it out. Heading out to Wonderful intrigues me. I use picture books to teach just about everything! You got me thinking about new ones I haven't used! Great linky! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Happy to have found you!
    Beach Sand and Lesson Plans