I've been linking up this year with Carrie Gelson and many other bloggers to keep track of our #mustreadin2015 books and goals. You can check out other bloggers lists at www.thereisabookforthat.com.
Goals. We make them all the time. Sometimes we make them with the intent of hitting our goal. Sometimes we make them because it sounded like a good idea.
Goals give us something to work towards. It's a target. As Rick Stiggens stated in 2004, "Students can hit any target that holds still for them."
I give myself a reading goal because it's something I intend to accomplish. My current reading list is large. Will I finish all of them? I'll let you know December 31 :) Am I going to be upset if I don't? No, because I am taking this time to reflect. I can see that I am working on my goal. I can see what I still need to do in order to accomplish my goal. What if I don't hit it in December? I will look at my journey and reflect more.
As Jennifer Serravallo tells us, if a student cannot hit a goal that we set in front of them, it may be because we set the goal too high. We need to see what a student can do, and see what the next step is. Looking at my list, I may have set my goal a bit too high. But what can I do? Well, I've read 22 books. I'm going to aim to read another 22 before the end of the year. And maybe, just maybe, we'll see if I can completely hit the target!
I challenge all readers to reflect on their goals! We ask our students to do this, shouldn't we do it as well?
Books that are coming out in 2015
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
Finding Serendipity by Angelica Banks
The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart
Cody and the Fountain of Happiness by Tricia Springstubb
Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff
The Island of Dr. Libris by Chris Grabenstein
The Quirks and the Quirkalicious Birthday by Erin Soderberg
All Fall Down by Ally Carter
Books that are part of a series
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
Villainous by Matthew Cody
Always Abigail by Nancy Cavanaugh
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Books that are on the IL 2015 Bluestem list
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead
Books that have Newbery buzz
West of the Moon by Margi Preus
Books that I haven't read and I really want to
Glory Be by August Scattergood
The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer
The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill by Megan Blakemore
The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson
How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O'Connor
Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier
Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald
Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee
The Nightingale's Nest by Niki Loftin
The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern
Nest by Esther Ehrlich
Fleabrain Loves Franny by Joanne Rocklin
Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere by Julie T. Lamana
The Power of Poppy Pendle by Natasha Lowe
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
The Family Romanov by Candace Fleming
Transitional Chapter Books
Wild Things! by Betsy Bird, Julie Danielson, Peter D. Sieruta
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
Best to Laugh by Lorna Landvik
So, as of July 1, I've read 22/59. I have 37 more to read. Hmmmmm.....
Next on my list is the new Judy Blume!
Are nonfiction picture books on your list to read? Take a look at this picture book biography collection I found here. Find more NFPB love at kidlitfrenzy.com I promise you'll find something else to add to your reading list!