Upper Elementary Authors...

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  1. loves2teach

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    Hi,

    I have leveled book baskets in my room, but I am thinking about having some author baskets as well. So far I have thought of Gary Paulsen, Louis Sachar, and Andrew Clements. I would like to start out the school year with 3-4 additional author baskets. What author(s) would you suggest?

    Thanks!
     
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    E.B. White and Beverly Cleary
     
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    Chris Van Allsburg
    Patricia Polacco

    These authors write picture books but there is a lot of text them.
     
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    I have author baskets as well. I have Beverly Cleary, Roald Dahl, Judy Blume, Jean Craighead George, Ursula LeGuin and JK Rowling. For picture books, I have all of Ruth Hellers books. I should add the authors you mentioned as well.
     
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    Avi
    Andrew Clements
    Kate DiCamillo
    Sczieska
    James Howe
    Gary Paulsen
     
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    Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

    Sharon Creech
     
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    I have author baskets in my classroom (grade 2): Mem Fox, Patricia Polacco, Tomie dePaola, Kevin Henkes, a few others. Since you listed the authors you did I'm thinking you are grade 3/4? Here's some upper elementary authors (and web pages for them) for you to consider:

    David Adler - http://www.davidaadler.com/

    Anno, Mitsumasa - http://www.yamaneko.org/einfo/mgzn/jcb_e0104.htm#anno

    Avi - http://www.avi-writer.com/aboutAvi.html

    Baylor, Byrd - http://falcon.jmu.edu/~ramseyil/baylorbib.htm

    Judy Blume - http://www.judyblume.com/

    Betsy Byars - http://www.betsybyars.com/

    Matt Christopher - http://www.ipl.org/div/kidspace/askauthor/Christopher.html

    Beverly Cleary - http://www.beverlycleary.com/index.html

    Joanna Cole - http://coe.west.asu.edu/students/dcorley/authors/Cole.htm

    Barbara Cooney - http://www.ortakales.com/illustrators/Cooney.html

    Paula Danziger - http://www.scholastic.com/titles/paula/

    Louise Fitzhugh - http://falcon.jmu.edu/~ramseyil/fitzhugh.htm

    Jean Fritz - http://www.cbcbooks.org/html/jeanfritz.html
    and http://www.carolhurst.com/authors/jfritz.html

    Jean Craighead George - http://www.jeancraigheadgeorge.com/
    and http://www.kidsreads.com/authors/au-george-jean-craighead.asp

    Virginia Hamilton - http://www.virginiahamilton.com/home.htm

    Brian Jacques - http://www.redwall.org/

    Phyllis Reynolds Naylor - http://www.eduplace.com/kids/hmr/mtai/naylor.html

    Gary Paulsen - http://www.randomhouse.com/features/garypaulsen/

    Patricia Polacco - http://www.kathimitchell.com/Grade2reading/patp.html

    J. K. Rowling - http://www.jkrowling.com/

    Louis Sachar - http://www.louissachar.com/

    Seymour Simon - http://www.seymoursimon.com/

    Donald J. Sobol - http://falcon.jmu.edu/~ramseyil/sobol.htm

    Jerry Spinelli - http://www.jerryspinelli.com/newbery_002.htm

    Chris Van Allsburg - http://www.eduplace.com/author/vanallsburg/

    Laura Ingalls Wilder - http://www.lauraingallswilder.com/default.asp

    Lawrence Yep - http://www.scils.rutgers.edu/~kvander/yep.html

    Jane Yolen - http://www.janeyolen.com/
     
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    What a great list of author sites, czacza. Thank you very much.
     
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    Bruce Coville, Bruce Lanskey, Shel Silverstein There are others I like. I am just trying not to name anything already mentioned. J.K. Rowling is wonderful for showing examples of the 6 Traits of Writing even if you are not a big Harry Potter fan. She does them all so well!
     
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    Do kids still read Madeline L'Engle? I loved A Wrinkle in Time when I was a kid.
     
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    Oh my goodness, that was one of my all-time favorites. I read every other one that followed it, too.
     
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    Jerry Spinelli

    Caroline B. Cooney

    Sarah Dessen

    Walter Dean Myers

    You will not regret these!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    I really can't say I see them with her books very often, but then most of her literature is rather challenging for 10s and 11s. I usually only suggest her if one of my higher readers is looking for a good book. I loved A Wrinkle in Time. I tried the others but just couldn't get into them as easily.
     
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    I tried reading A Wrinkle in Time year before last because I remember reading it in 5th. OMG-I almost poked my eye out. Most of my kids didn't get it at all.

    Thanks so much for all of the ideas. I am really excited about working on these. Have found a bunch of books at Goodwill and Half Price Books in the past couple of days.

    I am thinking about making labels w/ the author's picture on them along with the name. Thanks!
     
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    I think it seems somewhat dated to today's kids. Too bad.
     
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    I used A Wrinkle in Time as a lit circle choice book last year and had a group of 4 girls and 1 boy choose it. The boy loved it (no surprise - he's a sci-fi/fantasy nut), but all the girls did, too. In fact, they were fighting over who got to read the sequels first (I only had one copy of the sequels)
     
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    Oh how nice. I think I've seen more 4th graders read it than 5th.
     
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    Really? I thought it was more of a jr. high (6th and 7th) age book than 5th. It can get rather confusing if the reader is not able to keep up. I remember trying to read it in 5th because my friends were. I was totally lost and very frustrated. I didn't try again until 8th grade, but then I was ready for it and just loved it.
     
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    Did someone not mention Sharon Creech or Kate DiCamillo?!? If you have, I'm sorry- I'm tired.

    (REALIZATION: I saw them two seconds after posting this! However, they're excellent and so are all the others mentioned. I have baskets for them, Andrew Clements, C.S. Lewis, Lois Lowry, and a few others. However, my college literature teacher warned our class to not collect bunches of Judy Blume books because some of her works go way beyond upper elementary. I guess you have to take everything individually.)
     
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    Judy Blume is the Gary Paulsen for girls-lots of coming-of-age books. I would lean more toward Beverly Cleary and her Ramona series at this age.
     
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    While I am thinking about this tonight... Do any of you think There's A Boy in the Girl's R.R. is appropriate for a read aloud? I am getting tired of my usuals, and thought this might be good.

    Also, be careful w/ the Judy Blume books. I took over for a teacher who left EVERYTHING in the room- I stupidly assumed the books they left were appropriate. It took one student to find a naughty one to make me snatch most of them off the shelf lol. Thank goodness I saw the title before they read it.
     
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    How about:
    Lois Lowry The Giver, the Anastasia series, Number the Stars
    Katherine Paterson Bridge to Terabithia, The Great Gilly Hopkins
    Pam Munozz Ryan Esperanza Rising
    Patrick Skene Catling The Chocolate Touch
    Natalie Bobbitt Tuck Everlasting
    Jean Craighead George My Side of the Mountain
    Sharon Creech Walk Two Moons
     

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