BOOKS TO RECOMMEND
It’s always difficult trying to anticipate what books with be popular with your students. Sometimes I think I have hit on a no-fail series, just to watch the books gather dust on the shelves. It seems like lately nothing can compare with the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series—all those books just fly off the shelves. I think, though, I might have found some series that rival Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
Recently I bought the entire Katie Woo series, and the students love them. One of my second graders last week told me: “I am going to read every one of the Katie books. I really like them.” Music to a librarian’s hears!!! Who doesn’t want to hear a second grader say her goal is to read the entire series?!??!?!
There are about 30 books in the Katie Woo series, written by Fran Manushkin and Tammie Lyon. The AR level range is between 2.0-3.0. Even though the plot of the books are universal, meaning the subject matter is appropriate for boys and girls, the girls will gravitate toward the books—I haven’t had one boy check out a Katie Woo book. The main character is a girl, and some of the covers are purple or pink—not exactly colors elementary school boys want to tote around. But that’s okay—I am thrilled the books are flying off the shelf and the girls are excited to read! It’s also a great series for 4th and 5th graders who read below grade level— the series has chapters, the series is not a graphic novel, and when the older girls earn a good AR score they feel successful.
Bone is another series that brags good circulation statistics. This is a graphic novel series by Jeff Smith that appeals to both girls and boys. Initially I ordered just the first three books, and recently ordered the other volumes—there are about 10 books to date in this series. Although younger readers who read above their grade level check out these books, it seems more popular with my 4th and 5th graders.
So does anyone have a series they could recommend? What’s popular in your library? Would love and appreciate any sage words!
Thanks so much-
Anja Tigges, Ed.S.
Scott Elementary School Librarian
1752 Hollywood Road
Atlanta, GA 30318