Genres! Genres! Genres! Action and Adventure

Action and Adventure
Stories of a hero on a mission frequently fast-paced, action-packed, and set in exotic locales.
Keywords: Adventure, Spy, FBI agents, Assassins, Survival, Superheroes, Pirates, Spies, MI- 6, Adventure and adventurers — Fiction.

For each genre in this project I wrote a simple description and then brainstormed what I thought would be good keywords. I then selected books that seemed to be prime examples of the genre to see what keywords I could gather from their description in Destiny and on Novelist K-8.

Genres, genres, genres!

Screen Shot 2014-12-01 at 11.10.23 PMOne of my goals this year is to help my middle school students develop their skills in selecting books for reading. My plan is to genre sort the middle fiction portion of the library to help the students find more books they will enjoy reading. I asked the fifth grade students to take a survey about their interests to help me choose the genres I would focus on for the collection. Currently, I am working on checking all of the books for the Action and Adventure portion of the genre categories. I am using Destiny and Novelist k-8 to help me make my list of Action and Adventure books.

Finishing the Ninth Annual 48 Hour Book Challenge

My limited amount of time towards the challenge makes me sad, 8 hours total. Finishing two books and starting on a third book makes me happy.

Hours reading = 7.5
Hours on internet doing twitter, Goodreads update, my blog=.5
Total hours on challenge = 8

Books finished
Happier by Tal Ben-Shahar
Spilling ink by Ellen Potter, Anne Mazer, Matt Phelan (Illustrator)

Book started
Buddha in the Attic
97/129 pages completed

Total pages read 220 + 132 + 97 = 449

Ninth Annual 48 Hour Book Challenge

My start to the challenge is the completion of two books, Happier and Spilling ink. I wish I had a big pile of books that supported the main theme of diversity to start the challenge but I struggled to find any from my home library’s OverDrive account. This the first time I will be doing the challenge from my home in Shanghai. So I guess I will have to sneak into my work library tomorrow to checkout some books.
The fabulous host of the challenge is …

Lexile- love, hate and acceptance

It is important to note that the Lexile measure of a book refers to its text difficulty only. A Lexile measure does not address the content or quality of the book. Lexile measures are based on two well-established predictors of how difficult a text is to comprehend: word frequency and sentence length. Many other factors affect the relationship between a reader and a book, including its content, the age and interests of the reader, and the design of the actual book. The Lexile measure is a good starting point in your book-selection process, but you should always consider these other factors when making a decision about which book to choose.

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Things I love about Lexile:

  • Quick computer based assessment
  • Numeric reporting makes it easy to predict range of texts that students will comprehend

Things I hate about Lexile:

  • Only tests two parts of reading: word frequency and sentence length
  • People obsess on the number
  • Not that many books have been measured (159,712 volumes)

Things I accept about Lexile:

  • Lexile and its uses, misuses and abuses will be part of the library world for the foreseeable future
  • Like any tool it is not the tool that is bad, it is how it used that makes it bad

Database Review – Novelist k-8 an EBSCO product


Irish Girl Reading Book. Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest. Web. 25 Sep 2013.

How do I find a book I want to read? We all want to read a book that speaks to us. Novelist K-8 Plus by EBSCO is a database that will help you find your next great book. Books can searched for using lexile, genre, subject, author, title, and/or series. There are reviews, lists of awards, and read-alikes. Maybe you have just finished reading a book and you want to find more books like it, enter the title into Novelist K-8 Plus and a list of books that are similar will be generated for you. Maybe you are looking for fantasy books in your lexile range, use the Advanced search on Novelist K-8 Plus to find books to meet your criteria. Novelist K-8 Plus even has Recommended Reads Lists if you have no idea where to begin. Check it out today and find your next favorite book!

We come bearing gifts- books for Christmas!

Three Kings . Fine Art. Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest. Web. 10 Dec 2013.
Three Kings . Fine Art. Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest. Web. 10 Dec 2013.

I sent this image to my middle school and high school students wishing them all a Merry Christmas. Then I extended an invitation to all of them to check out materials for the two week holiday. Christmas break is a great time for pleasure reading. So far I have read three books: Icefall, Perfect, and A Tale Dark & Grimm.

Letter as sent to students:

Merry Christmas from the library! We like the Three Wise Men come bearing gifts. All books checked out this week are due Wednesday January 8, 2014. Give yourself the gift of reading this Christmas break.

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