Thanks to Fuse #8’s list of the Top 100 Children’s Novels, I had an especially delightful class with my 6th grade students yesterday. This is a group of eight very enthusiastic and avid readers so I knew they would enjoy looking at the list and counting (somewhat competitively) how many they had read.
I copied the list of 100 titles for each student and then saved a few minutes at the end of class to share it with them. Okay, I lost a bit of control at that point. The next few minutes were somewhat chaotic as they checked-off, gave recommendations to their friends and compared totals. After a few minutes, I just sat back and let them go because it struck me how truly amazing the scene was. The students were in a “zone” over a list of books. They were asking friends what to read next, asking me for recommendations and suggesting that by the end of the summer, they would have read any title they had missed. I have to say that it was wonderful.
With that class in mind, I will suggest three books that these kids seemed especially excited to see on the list:
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli