This month we have Gaye Sanders answering questions for us.
1.) What grades/age groups do you work with? I teach 4th grade English Language Arts. I teach 3 classes, so I have 75 fourth graders. Plus, this is my 35th year to teach.
Lately, I've loved:3.) What genres/topics do kids seem to ask for the most? What book titles are the most popular with kids right now?
The Crossroads by Chris Grabenstein
Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord
My Diary from the Edge of the World by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Ms. Bixby's Last Day by John David Anderson
But my favorites are, of course Harry Potter, Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Munoz Ryan, and Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan.
I see kids continually want to read Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Dork Diaries, or fantasy like Harry Potter, Artemis Fowl, etc. They also love the Reina Telgemeir books.
However, I always take the time to turn my kids on to the other genres and authors, namely Newberry winners. They love them after I've read them to the kids, and will say, "That's a book I would never have picked up, but now it's a favorite!"
4.) What do kids seem to like the least or what do kids complain about when it comes to books? I think kids would complain if the graphic novels were banned, or not allowed. I don't see that much complaining, though. If a kid doesn't like to read, I work super hard to eventually find something that he or she will connect to.
Skype. I have really not used it and shame on me! I have to admit that it's just that I haven't taken the time to set it up. Hopefully after testing!
7.) Any other thoughts about children's literature or reading you'd like to share?
Other thoughts...like I said, I feel it's my duty to inspire these kids to love to read, to crawl in that book and take an adventure!
Gaye Sanders has been an elementary school teacher for 35 years and counting! She's also a kidlit writer, mostly writing Middle Grade Contemporary, but she does have a PB coming out later this year about the Oklahoma City National Memorial Survivor Tree.
When not teaching, writing, or reading, she loves to explore! Gaye loves travel near and far, and often uses those adventures to fuel her stories. She has two grown boys who live in the Oklahoma City area.