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My current favorites for historical fiction and nonfiction

December 13th, 2012

I put together a list for a 7th grade Social Studies teacher and I thought that others could benefit, so I’m posting it here. This is just a sampling and is in no way an all-inclusive list. If there are books that you would recommend that make history lively, mention them in the comments.

The students just learned about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, thus the first bit:
Books about the Shirtwaist fire like Ashes of Roses by Mary Jane Auch:
Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix; Threads and Flames by Esther Friesner

Mr. Griggs’s Favorite Historical Fiction Books
• Fire from the Rock by Sharon Draper (Little Rock 9)
• March Toward the Thunder by Joseph Bruchac (Civil War)
• The Journal of Scott Pendleton Collins by Walter Dean Myers (World War II)
• The Journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty by Ellen White (Vietnam)
• The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez (Operation Pedro Pan)
• Shooting Kabul by N.H. Senzai (Sept. 11, 2001)
• A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park (Sudanese Civil War)
• Sunrise Over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers (Iraq War)
• The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne (The Holocaust)
• Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson (Revolutionary War)
• Fever, 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson (Yellow Fever Epidemic)
• Revolution is not a Dinner Party by Ying Chang Compestine (Chinese Cultural Revolution)
• All the Broken Pieces by Ann Burg (Vietnam)
• Killer Angels by Michael Shaara (Civil War)

Mr. Griggs’s Favorite Historical Nonfiction Books
• The Dark Game by Paul Janeczko (History of Spies)
• Lost Boy, Lost Girl by John Dau (Sudanese Civil War)
• Bloody Times by James L. Swanson (Lincoln’s mega-funeral and the hunt for Jefferson Davis)

Reading in pairs

January 4th, 2011


Part of what I enjoy about reading great books are the discussions that I have with other readers.

Ms. Hofmann is doing a pretty cool experiment with AR reading. She paired up students based on an interest survey and I pulled all of my books that I have two copies of. Tomorrow I’ll booktalk a few and we’ll let students choose from there. The goal is to get good books into the hands of students and to have a little bit more interactivity with their reading.

The other fun bit is that for the library to have two copies of the book, it has to be a good book. I’m excited to see how it turns out. If you look at the above photo, that’s just a small sampling of the awesomeness.

This Week’s Griggs Greats – for 7th grade

December 3rd, 2007

With all of the podcasting and iMovie DVD burning, it was nice to do a booktalk today.

I was stressed a little, since reading time was a little crunched. (But the podcasts were awesome! I was walking around with the school’s iMac showing different people – “Now that’s a podcast!”)

So, for all of the crunched librarians out there, here is a list of Griggs Greats guaranteed to add a couple more patrons to your hold list. (At least that’s what happened today.)

  1. The Contender by Robert Lipsyte
  2. Transall Saga by Gary Paulsen
  3. All-American Girl by Meg Cabot
  4. Romiette and Julio by Sharon Draper
  5. Atherton by Patrick Carman
  6. Star Wars: Shadow Academy by Kevin J. Anderson
  7. Cover-Up by John Feinstein
  8. Lion Boy by Zizou Corder
  9. The Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick (read it before it’s banned)
  10. Young Man and the Sea by Rodman Philbrick