Where the Red Fern Grows from Sandy

I am a retired special ed teacher. I read this book to nearly every group of kids I taught over the last 22 years, and I cried every time. I shared a story and honest emotion. Kids really see adult vulnerability and tears. They benefit from experiencing adults reading, especially when it includes honest emotion. […]

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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry from Pauline

The original recording was sent to my middle school resource room during my 7th grade year. It really struck a chord as it presented the world of 1930s Mississippi from a child’s point of view. I think it should be recommended reading for young people in order to get an understanding of the consequences of […]

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A Wrinkle in Time from Evelyn

My favorite book, besides the Holy Bible, is the children’s book, A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle. I have read it many times both by myself and to children. I had the privilege of having lunch with the author. Even though the book is over 50 years old, the message is never out of […]

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The Amityville Horror from Julie

Reading was very difficult and arduous when I was young but while in high school (on Christmas break for some reason) I read The Amityville Horror. It was the first book I read for pleasure. I loved it. I am now a voracious pleasure reader and have overcome my reading challenges (not my spelling challenges […]

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Lord of the Flies from AJ

It shows how peer pressure can reflect human behaviors. These stranded young boys believe that they must become men to survive, but use of their ideas on how society works maybe looked at as misguided. With a close read of the book one can make the connection that the natural world is violent and impartial […]

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