Monday, July 29, 2013

Georgia Children's Book Award Nominee

 Last week was very hectic because I was on the Diocesan Committee that is working on the math curriculum for our diocese. It was hard work, but a step forward for our diocese. 

Although I was very busy working on math, I managed to get one of the books read from the Georgia Children's Book Award List. This year I plan to get my students involved in reading the books that are up for awards in our state. Then we will be able to vote on our favorites.  I like to read the books myself before I recommend them, just in case I come across something that might be inappropriate at my grade level. I read Because Of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea. I picked it up on Monday and could not put it down. It was a great read in the evenings after working all day on curriculum development. 

Mr. Terupt is a young teacher who inspires his students and wants them to think for themselves. He reaches out to his students and wants them to appreciate their differences. It is a wonderful book for any kind of reader. The chapters are short and the characters are easy to follow. The book was both funny and sad. I had a hard time putting it down even when I was tired. As a teacher, it inspired me to do some of things he did. When I read the book I had no idea that there was already a sequel. From the reviews that I have read some topics discussed are a bit much for the students I teach. 

Because of Mr.Terupt is a must read!


  1. Yes there is a sequel. I have not read it yet. Read the reviews or read the book because there is some content that parents might not want their children exposed to just yet.

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    1. Oops! Sorry messed up on my first one! I really enjoyed reading your blog. My whole 4th/5th building read that book last year. It's great! I also teach 5th. My new favorite book is Wonder by R.J. Palacio. I just became your newest follower and nominated you for the Liebster Award. Check out my blog for instructions.


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  3. Thank you for your sweet comment. I feel like I still have a lot to learn in the blogging world and keeping up is one of my challenges. I did read Wonder by R.J. Palacio. I blogged about it in an earlier post. It is a great book and I plan on using it this fall with my fifth graders. I am now your newest follower.