When I (Ms. Devito) became a librarian in 2010, I had started "Author of the Month" baskets to introduce students to some of my favourite authors, with the hope that students would come to enjoy these authors as well, and develop a love of reading. Now, in our grade 4 class, I am hoping to do the same thing! I am continuing to develop a great collection of books of all different genres that students will enjoy! Please feel free to donate any old books that you may have as well. The more books the merrier! Students are able to write about the books that they have read in our password protected blog. Please click on the images below to find out more about my favourite authors!
September's Author of the Month: Patricia Polacco I start out the year by reading "The Keeping Quilt" by Patricia Polacco. This is one of my favourite books because it introduces students to the concept of family and tradition. Click on Patricia Polacco's picture to learn more about the author!
October's Author of the Month: Andrew Clements
This month, we are going to start our Book Responses with another of my favourite books entitled FRINDLE by Andrew Clements. We will also be reading aloud some of his picture books. Our concentration for reading comprehension this month will be determining important ideas. Click on the picture to the left to learn more about Andrew Clements.
November's Author of the Month: Pamela Hickman This month, we will be focusing on a Canadian author who loves to write about nature. She writes many non-fiction books about the environment. Pamela Hickman was born in Mississauga, Ontario. She loves science and has made a career in it. Click on her picture to the left for more information about Pamela Hickman.
December's Author of the Month: Max Lucado
December always reminds me of Christmas and of our loving Father! Max Lucado is a very interesting author. He has written MANY beautiful books that remind us about our uniqueness and talents. Click on the image to the left to see his website.
January's Author of the Month: Trudy Ludwig
Trudy Ludwig is an excellent author who definitely makes a difference in children's lives. She writes about bullying, and all sorts of issues that kids experience in their daily lives. I have these books available for each student to read in my class. Click on the image to the left to see her website.
February's Author of the Month: Judy Blume
One of the author's in our Literature Circles discussions is Judy Blume. Students of this age level like her books, especially "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing". I used to read her books when I was young.....Click on the image to the left to go to her website.
March's Author of the Month: Elizabeth Winthrop
As part of our Social Studies Unit, we will be learning about life in the years of 3000-1500 BCE. In language, we will be reading a GREAT adventure story called "The Castle in the Attic" by Elizabeth Winthrop. For those kids who enjoy this book, there is a sequel called "The Battle in the Castle". Click on the image to the left to go to the author's website.
April's Author of the Month: Jon Scieszka
Two of my favourite books by this author are TRUE STORY ABOUT THE THREE LITTLE PIGS, and MATH CURSE. He is definitely talented! Click on the image to the left to see his website and more books by this talented author!
May's Author of the Month: Sid Fleishman
Our final class book will be "The Whipping Boy" by Sid Fleishman. This is another adventure/fantasy book created to inspire children's imaginations about Medieval Times. It also introduces "Old English" and new vocabulary that the students have not seen before. It is a very challenging read! Click on the image to the left to go to Sid Fleishman's website.
June's Author of the Month: Daniel Handler A.K.A. Lemony Snicket
I LOVE the series entitled "A Series of Unfortunate Events" by Lemony Snicket. There are many "fancy features" in these books, that we can talk about as a class. New vocabulary in the book is always one feature.....Character names in the "Unfortunate Events" series often reference either historical figures or popular culture that leads to the students to make new connections that they (and ME!) have not known before!