Your state's reading list

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  1. AnonyMS

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    Does anyone else have a state reading list? In Texas, there is the Bluebonnet list for grades 3-6 and then the Lone Star list for grades 7-9.

    I'd be interested in knowing the titles of your state's reading list.

    Here are the Bluebonnet books for 2010-2011:
    Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate
    All Stations! Distress! - Don Brown
    The Uglified Ducky: A Maynard Moose Tale - Willy Claflin
    Surfer of the Century: Life of Duke Kahanamoku - Ellie Crowe
    14 Cows for America - Carmen Arga Deedy
    Umbrella Summer - Lisa Graff
    Pirates - David Harrison
    That Book Woman - Heather Henson
    Down Down Down: Journey to the Bottom of the Sea - Steve Jenkins
    Dying to Meet You: 43 Cemetery Road, books 1 - Kate Klise
    11 Birthdays - Wendy Mass
    The Hinky Pink: An Old Tale - Megan McDonald
    Squirrel's World - Lisa Moser
    Tap Dancing on the Roof: Sijo - LIna Sue Park
    Mudshark - Gary Paulsen
    Sparrow Girl - Sara Pennypacker
    Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow - James Rollins
    The Cabinet of Wonders - Marie Rutkoski
    Calvin Coconut Trouble Magnet - Graham Salisbury
    The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau - Don Yaccarino


    Every year, there are 20 titles. Kids from the entire state can vote for their favorite and the winner is announced in February.

    What are the books on your state's list this year?
     
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  3. czacza

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    I'm not aware of a NJ list. If there is one, my district doesn't use it. Are the Texas lists required reading or simply a 'favorite book' competition? Do districts provide complete sets of those books to classrooms?
     
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    we don't have anything like that....
     
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    No. Our libraries order their own books and some may have them, but I know ours doesn't. It's displayed in a separate section of most public libraries and usually you can't renew a Bluebonnet book, but only keep it for the 2-week period. The website says the voting can only be done by students who have read 5 of the selections, but I don't know how that could be tracked.

    Our district holds a reading competition each year with a list of 30+ books the kids have to read-usually all the Bluebonnet titles are part of that list-considered good reads. Of course, they are also more expensive, only available in hardcover and newly published. But I find that there are usually some real gems on their lists.
     
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    The Bluebonnet books are just for fun and they are lists of books that kids 'would' enjoy. It's sponsored by the Texas Library Association and is to encourage kids to read a variety of books. The book lists 20 books of living authors, published within the last 3 years.

    I had no idea that they are "displayed in a separate section of most public libraries" or that "usually you can't renew a Bluebonnet book, but only keep it for the 2-week period." My two closest public libraries do order them but they are not in a separate section although they have Bluebonnet Book posters and bookmarks. And, we can check the books out as often as we want until someone else is reserving them.

    Yes, the voting is open to any student in grades 3-6 who have read at least 5 books. The tracking is done by honor and the voting is done through the school librarian, as a school.
     
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    I guess I should have qualified it by saying that was my experience. I utilize several different branches of 3 different public library systems and they all have displays and limits on check-outs. I certainly wasn't saying all libraries in Texas have the same set-up-I would have no way of knowing that.
     
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    The Bluebonnet books are a great way to encourage young kids to read and seems to get them more excited and talking about books.
    Its a great way of making books seem as new and up and coming as the "new stuff" like ipods, etc the compete for students's attention.

    Really great books too. A Girl Named Eva from last year was my fifth graders absolute fave.
     
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    I really like that book too-I'm pretty sure it was "Someone Named Eva". A remarkable true story about the Holocaust that I had never heard before. 14 Cows for America and Home of the Brave on this list is interesting too.
     
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    You're right...Someone Named Eva.
     
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    For Georgia

    1. "You Might be a Redneck...The Complete Works of Jeff Foxworthy"

    2. "Gone With the Wind, Revised Edition" (You know who wins in this book before she takes down the drapes.)

    3. "The Original Possum Roadkill Cookbook" (Tasty!. There are a few squirrel recipes thrown in there jes fer fun.)

    4. "General Sherman--Pyromaniac"

    5. "Where is Peachtree Road?" by Anne Rivers Siddons

    6. "Sweet Tea Afternoon" (A kinder, more genteel Dog Day Afternoon)

    7. "Meemaw and Pappy Come A'Visitin' " and the sequel "Meemaw and Pappy Git Hitched"

    8. "Well Butter My Butt and Call Me a Biscuit" The true story of a teacher dealing with RTI Graphs
     

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