I know that at the end of last week’s Ask Miss Night, I promised that this week would focus on a situation where a teacher is counting bathroom trips as discipline issues (seriously. You can probably guess where I’m going to stand on that one), and I PROMISE I will still write that column this weekend, but first, a sort-of-an-emergency question from NewfieNelly.
Nelly teaches at a small rural school where most of the classes are multi-grade, and she has the BEST problem EVER:
I know this question is specific to my situation, but I think maybe a lot of people would like a list of good books to read. Our school was recently awarded a large sum of money to build a library. ($30,000!) What is your dream list of children’s books? (The grant is intended for k-8).
Ok, readers, I know you are all much smarter than me, so please help Nelly out on this one: what are the MUST HAVES for a school library for K-8 students? Dream big – $30,000 is a lot of book money!
My initial list, off the top of my very tired head:
- The complete works of Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume, Mo Willems, Laura Numeroff, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Robert Munsch, Gordon Korman.
- The entire Magic Treehouse Series.
- All of the I Spy books, in hardcover.
- All the Madeline, Curious George, Olivia, Eloise, and Franklin books.
- Several complete sets of Harry Potter
- For the big kids: the Hunger Games & Divergent trilogies, all the Jodi Picoult books (I do not LOVE all of them, but they are fiction of reasonable quality in a format that appeals to many teenagers), everything by Barbara Kingsolver.
- The Poetry for Young People series published by Scholastic.
- Everything by Shel Silverstein.
I know this is just the tip of the iceberg, and I’m sure I will be inspired by your suggestions, so please GO NUTS in the comments!
Happy Friday, friends.