Top 10 List #1: Reads of the Semester

This week, I am going to be publishing a few top ten lists to wrap up my semester of blogging. The first contains my top 10 reads of the semester.

The One and Only Ivan

Wow! Was I glad to have this as required reading. Not something I would pick up, but so glad to be directed to it by my professor!

Dear. Mr Henshaw 

My search for a core classroom library took a short detour through a minor obsession with Beverly Clearly. I feel like her books are well received among various audiences.


This book took me out of my comfort zone, but I really enjoyed reading it!

Esperanza Rising

This book wowed me. I think my top ten reads of the semester could easily be called the top ten books that I was pleasantly surprised by.

Mr. Wuffles 

This semester was my first introduction to wordless books. I read quite a few and they are really neat!

Diary of A Wimpy Kid

This book craze missed me, and I’m glad to have gotten the chance to see what this Wimpy Kid business is all about!

The Adventures of Beekle, The Unimaginary Friend 

I just loved the way this book captivated the group of kids that I read it to.

Strega Nona 

Again, what makes this books special is the group of kids I read it with. Their reactions made for a fun experience!

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief 

A great find late in the semester. Liked it so much that I plan to read the rest after the class is finished!

Al Capone Shines My Shoes

I read the first book before their was a sequel and later rediscovered it during this class. A fun find!




4 thoughts on “Top 10 List #1: Reads of the Semester

  1. So glad you took a detour through Beverly Cleary this semester! My favorite author when I was a child and I have to say, her books really hold up. I’ve reread most of the Ramona books in the last 3-4 years. I want to reread Dear Mr Henshaw too–maybe over break.


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