Since I've been testing (for the last 4 weeks), I've been paying attention to the books students are reading, and then have been asking why they like the books. PS- Many of these books have to be put on the back table, because students would MUCH rather read these books than take the test! As a reading teacher, that makes me super happy to see students WANTING to read! I have students fill out this "Mini Book Report" to let me know what books they enjoy, so I can make sure we order books they like!
Dork Diary Series- These have been SUPER popular with the girls. It seems like it is the Diary of a Wimpy Kid for girls. It seems like there is a little bit of "drama" and girls can make lots of connections when they read the series.
The Infinity Ring Series- The students have been telling me that they love that they get to travel back in time. They kind of remind me of a more "grown" up version of the Magic Treehouse books. One boy told me they were like the 39 Clues books. These books seem popular with both boys and girls.
Geronimo Stilton- These yellow covers are EVERY where in our building. I think our librarian got a major bulk discount on these books! I have not read these books, but the students in 3rd and 4th grade tell me they are funny, and they can't wait to read all of them!
Big Nate- This is another popular series, and the students love the comic style of the book. These books seem to hook more reluctant readers, because of the comics (less words). They also like how the author uses the bold style print to emphasize when someone is mad or yelling. It seems like these books offer some extra support for struggling readers.
Franny K. Stein- These chapter books also offer many pictures, and even though the main character is a girl, the boys seem to like this series, as well.
Anything by Rick Riordan! His books are very popular. Both the boys and girls LOVE them. We have them in our bookroom, and many students in 5th grade are using them in literature circles right now.
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