Saturday, April 5, 2014

What Are the Book Choices for #GRA14?

This never gets any easier.  Between the many, many votes cast (more than 4,000!) and my own personal experiences reading the books, as well as reaching out to others to discuss the books, these decisions keep me up at night.

A big change for this year's project is the removal of grade levels.  Instead, just pick the  book you think will best suit your class and your goals.  Groups will be set up for each specific book soon.  All of the books chosen share the themes of transformation and love, something I think all students can relate to.



The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
Why this book:  This new classic has been nominated every year as a wonderfully engaging story that reads aloud beautifully.
From Goodreads:
"Someone will come for you, but first you must open your heart. . . ."

Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a china rabbit named Edward Tulane. The rabbit was very pleased with himself, and for good reason: he was owned by a girl named Abilene, who treated him with the utmost care and adored him completely. 

And then, one day, he was lost. 

Kate DiCamillo takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the depths of the ocean to the net of a fisherman, from the top of a garbage heap to the fireside of a hoboes' camp, from the bedside of an ailing child to the bustling streets of Memphis. And along the way, we are shown a true miracle — that even a heart of the most breakable kind can learn to love, to lose, and to love again.

The Fourteenth Goldfish
The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm
Why this book?  I am one of the lucky ones that have read an advanced copy of this book, and besides being immediately sucked into it, I think it will be a wonderful read aloud.  The story is whimsical, thought provoking and can definitely lead to bigger connections being made.  We are working on getting more copies to mail out to participants to pre-read before the release so you can see why this book was chosen!

From Goodreads:
Galileo. Newton. Salk. Oppenheimer.
Science can change the world . . . but can it go too far?

Eleven-year-old Ellie has never liked change. She misses fifth grade. She misses her old best friend. She even misses her dearly departed goldfish. Then one day a strange boy shows up. He’s bossy. He’s cranky. And weirdly enough . . . he looks a lot like Ellie’s grandfather, a scientist who’s always been slightly obsessed with immortality. Could this pimply boy really be Grandpa Melvin? Has he finally found the secret to eternal youth?

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One for the Murphy's by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Why this book:  Anyone who has read the book will know why.  This incredibly touching story that carries heavy themes is a story about transformation, love of the deepest kind, and survival of the spirit.

From Goodreads:
Twelve-year-old Carley Connors can take a lot. Growing up in Las Vegas with her fun-loving mother, she's learned to be tough. But she never expected a betrayal that would land her in a foster care. When she's placed with the Murphys, a lively family with three boys, she's blindsided. Do happy families really exist? Carley knows she could never belong in their world, so she keeps her distance.

It's easy to stay suspicious of Daniel, the brother who is almost her age and is resentful she's there. But Mrs. Murphy makes her feel heard and seen for the first time, and the two younger boys seem determinded to work their way into her heart. Before she knows it, Carley is protected the boys from a neighbourhood bullly and even teaching Daniel how to play basketball. Then just when she's feeling like she could truly be one of the Murphys, news from her mother shakes her world

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Why this book?  This book was first runner up last year and came back strong this year.  This incredible story of one girl's courageous battle and, yes, transformation, is one that will resonate globally.

From Goodreads:
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

There you have it, I hope you are as excited as I am.  To sign up, please go here.

Who is behind this?
I am a passionate (female) 5th grade teacher in Wisconsin, USA, proud techy geek, and mass consumer of incredible books. Creator of the Global Read Aloud Project, Co-founder of EdCamp MadWI, and believer in all children. I have no awards or accolades except for the lightbulbs that go off in my students' heads every day.  First book “Passionate Learners - Giving Our Classroom Back to Our Students Starting Today” can be pre-bought now from Powerful Learning Press.   Follow me on Twitter @PernilleRipp.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great picks!! Thank you for all your work in making worthwhile selections. Looking forward to it!

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to participate! Is is my first time joining in on the Global Read Aloud. Will future information be posted on Facebook AND be sent via email?

Anonymous said...

Love these books- great picks- Cathy Kreutter, Librarian, ISU, Kampala, Uganda

mrsogodogu said...

Thank you for selecting the books already!! They will be ordered for our school library today. ~Kiley

Mark Thomas said...

Did I miss something? Is kindergarten not doing an author study? Are they supposed to select one of these titles and read aloud to the class?

Mrs Ripp aka @pernilleripp said...

Mark, just scroll down to the next post and you will see Peter H. Reynolds is the picture book author study. Best,
Pernille

K Annalise said...

Which book would you recommend for a grade two class? Thanks!

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