When Katie and I started Rooted in Reading back in October, we really weren't thinking that far ahead. We knew we would want to do it each month, but we didn't know exactly what that would look like. Now that we are five months deep into the project, we realize that many teachers would love to know the books WAY in advance... which I love because I, myself, am a planner. If I could have all of my lesson plans written, copies made, and emails to parents prepped before school started I would totally do so! So, we finally sat down (thousands of miles apart) and nailed down the remaining Rooted in Reading books. Y'all, we don't take choosing these books lightly. If you could see my Amazon purchases you would probably cry over the amount of money spent just on choosing the perfect books. There are sooooo many really great books out there, but we try to keep a few things in mind:
1. Are the books meaty enough to study for a week?
2. Can we make connections to the book with other books we have in our classrooms?
3. Are these books going to be LOVED by both teachers AND students??!
Now, we realize that some of the books have been difficult to find or purchase at the last minute. That's why we wanted to give you all TEN months of books in one easy spot. We also realize that some of you are purchasing these books with your hard-earned money. So, having this list in advance will give you time to thrift, bargain, and hunt down the best deals. I would email my librarian, staff, and even parents asking if they had access to any of these books. Maybe you could even talk your principal into buying the books for your classroom or grade level! We know several people who have had success with just that! So, without further adieu, here are the books we have selected...
To make life a little easier we have included all of the titles in one easy-to-print document so that you can keep it in your purse while thrifting, submit it to your librarian/admin, or keep by your desk when you are online shopping! You can download the list HERE!
I don't think that Amazon always has the best prices, but you just can't beat their one-click shopping and fast shipping. These books are available on many different websites, but for the sake of saving time, here are the links for purchasing at Amazon:
August (unit not yet released):
September (unit not yet released):
October (HERE for the unit):
November (HERE for the unit):
December (HERE for the unit):
January (along with biographies about MLK) (HERE for the unit):
February (HERE for the unit):
March (unit not yet released):
April (unit not yet released):
May (unit not yet released):
As the months approach we will continue to share the books and where you can find online read-alouds or better shopping deals. Many of these books are also available on Scholastic... use those bonus points you have saved up!
Before I go, I just have to share our MLK directed drawings my class did last week. We didn't have quite as much time as normal, but they are still cute nonetheless!
We truly hope that having the list in advance helps you out! Happy Book Shopping!