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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten “Older” Books I Want My Students to Read

Well hello there!

It’s Tuesday which means its Top Ten Tuesday time! Every week the lovelies over at The Broke and Bookish post a theme for everyone to create a list upon.  This week’s official theme is a Top Ten Rewind, meaning that everyone is free to pick a previous theme to work with.

Last week the theme was Top Ten Older Books I Don’t Want People to Forget About, but I chose to do an October New Releases post instead.  So, this week I’m going back to focus on last week’s theme!  The books I’ve chosen for my list are books that I always try to push on my kids at school, but they’re just not super interested.  It’s such a shame because these are all wonderful reads that I know my students would love if they just gave them a chance!

Nancy Drew by Carolyn KeeneThe Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene

One of my favorites as a preteen.  These rarely get checked out in my Media Center…even the newer graphic novel versions. Why?!

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann BrasharesThe Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

This series is NOT that old, but my girls are never interested! They loved the movies, but aren’t concerned about reading the books.  What is wrong with youth today?! :p

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie BabbittTuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Such a hauntingly beautiful read. I guess my students don’t have time for hauntingly beautiful?

The Princess Diaries by Meg CabotThe Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot

Once in a while I get a 6th grade girl checking these out…but all the over kids are missing out.

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson LevineElla Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

This is just such a fun fairy tale mash-up and I try to encourage kids to check it out.  They just shrug and ask for something different. But ITS SO GOOD!

The Babysitters Club by Ann M. MartinThe Babysitters Club series by Ann M. Martin

They make the graphic novel versions (illustrated by Raina Telgemeir) which are awesome, but I’d love for my kids to get into these books.

Anne of Green Gables by LM MontgomeryAnne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Okay, so I didn’t even read these books in middle school, but my students should! It’s just full of such fun that I’m sure they’d fall in love with Anne if they only gave her a try.

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson RawlsWhere the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

This book is cry-tastically good.  It’s not that I want my kids to cry, I just want them to experience this beautiful story.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson BurnettThe Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

I haven’t even tried to push this one because it’s actually not in my catalog.  I know that my kids would take one look at this book and toss it back on the shelf.  They have little context for Victorian England…alas….

The Chronicles of Narnia by CS LewisThe Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis

Lewis’s classic get a little circulation when the movies come out, but not much.  My kids don’t even know what they’re missing!

So this list is pretty much just a list of books I loved as a kid and want my students to fall in love with to.  Parents: Read these books with your kids! Pre/Teens: Read these books!  Teachers: Encourage your students to read these books!!!

Are there any titles you think my students shouldn’t miss out on?

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In My Mailbox (11)

In My MailboxHello and Happy Easter to you!

It’s that time of the week again, to spotlight all the tasty treats we  received whether it was in the mail, bought, picked up from the library or gifted. In My Mailbox is a weekly event hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

This past week I went to Jacksonville to visit my parents for the night.  The weather had shifted while I drove the two and a half hours from Orlando and when I opened the car door it was so cold (colder than it had been in Orlando!  That’s driving two hours north will get you.  And for you actual Northerners, I know this is nothing compared to what experience on a regular bases!

Anyway, while I was visiting, my Mom who works in a children’s library gifted me with a set of three titles from the original Nancy Drew series. Thanks Mom!  I loved this series growing up so much and at one point had a copy of almost every title (not to sure what happened to those, I guess I’ll have to call Mom).  The Mystery at Lilac Inn by Carolyn KeeneThis set contained:

#4 The Mystery at Lilac Inn by Carolyn Keene

#5 The Secret of Shadow Ranch by Carolyn Keene

#6 The Secret of Red Gate Farm by Carolyn Keene

On Saturday I went to a baby shower for a good friend and the theme was children’s’ books.   We each had to bring a favorite children’s book along with the gift and there were little bookish decorations around the house.  These adorable little bookmarks were ours to take home, so I snagged two because you can never have too many bookmarks right?!

Baby Shower Bookmarks

Aren’t they completely adorable?  I think I’m going to have to laminate them at school so they’ll last longer.

My Kindle also got some action this week when I received a bunch of e-galley from NetGalley.

Thanks to Random House Children’s I now have:

Kissing Shakespeare by Pamela Mingle  Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson The Opposite of Hallelujah by Anna Jarzab The Little Woods by McCormick Templeman

Kissing Shakespeare by Pamela Mingle

Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson

The Opposite of Hallelujah by Anna Jarzab

The Little Woods by McCormick Templeman

Thank you to Disney-Hyperion for:

Breaking Beautuful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf Lucky Fools by Coert Voorhees

Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf

Lucky Fools by Coert Voorhees

Lastly (but not least!)  thank you to Lerner Publishing for

Skylark by Megan Spooner

Skylark by Megan Spooner

Overall, it was a fabulous week full of intriguing books that I was really excited to receive!  I look forward to see what you got in your mailbox this week and hope  you have a wonderful Easter!

I love reading comments, so please tell me what was in your mailbox!