I came across the "Face to Face with..." nonfiction series a couple of weeks ago in Barnes & Noble and loved it! One of my favorites in the series is Face to Face with Polar Bears by Norbert Rosing and Elizabeth Carney. Within this series, there are books on grizzly bears, whales, dolphins, wolves, elephants, lions, ... and the list goes on! I love how the books are written with both narrative and expository structures to create a hybrid of the two structures. The books begin with national geographic experts observing the animal in their habitat and they make you feel like you are exploring right there with them. Throughout the book, they teach you all about how the animal lives, eats, hunts, survives, etc. In addition, they explain how the animal may be endangered and how people can help. The photographs in the books are amazing, along with the embedded facts in sidebars, bulleted lists, and in the back of the book. There is no doubt that this series will become a favorite in my classroom this year!
One of my former students recommended that I read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green this summer. She raved about it and even brought her copy to me this summer so I could read it. I heard great reviews about this book since it was published, but kept putting off reading it for a couple reasons. First, it is not a book appropriate for my 5th graders so I tend not to rush to read books that I can't put in the hands of my students. So those books, even though they are great, usually get put on hold. Second, my grandfather and one of my best friends died of cancer so I have to be emotionally prepared to read books like The Fault in Our Stars. This weekend, I read the book with tears streaming down my face throughout the whole last part of the book. I am so glad that my former student kept persisting that I read this book and make the time to read it - thank you Allie! If you have been like me and you keep putting it off because it isn't appropriate for your grade level, I highly encourage you to move it to the top of your stack and make the time to read it! This is a powerful book for young adults and adults to read - just make sure you have tissues nearby!
Enjoy reading this week! :)