We had our fall Scholastic Book Fair in the library all last week, so I didn't get to do any read-alouds.
The upside is that I got to spend an entire week booktalking with students, parents, and teachers, as they looked for books to purchase and checked out at the registers.
These are the books I saw flying off the carts and tables last week:
- The Book With No Pictures, by B.J. Novak. I can't keep this book on my shelves at school, and now several children have hardbound copies of their own from the book fair! This must be read aloud to be enjoyed to the fullest.
- Ghosts, by Raina Telgemeier. This graphic novel from the author of Smile portrays the life of a family dealing with the chronic illness of a child. Telgemeier is receiving kudos for the way she handles death in this story. Dozens of copies were sold last week.
- The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton--our read-aloud two weeks ago--was happily snatched up by several kindergarteners. Yes, the parents knew the word "fart" was used twice in the book!
- Dog Man, by Dav Pilkey. We sold out of the first and second stack of these! A favorite among boys...who I am guessing are also fans of Captain Underpants.
- Wonder, Auggie and Me, and 365 Day of Wonder--all by R.J. Palacio, and all big sellers. Wonder was our school district-wide community read a couple of years ago, and it is heartening to know it is still impacting young readers today.
We had a terrific turnout at our book fair--thank you to our learning community for supporting our library with your purchases and volunteer hours!