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This is the blog of children's book author and third grade teacher, Stacy Barnett Mozer. I blog about my own writing journey, the journey of other kidlit authors, my classroom, and talk about books. Thanks for stopping by. Your thoughts are always welcome (and encouraged).

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

#BookTalkTuesday May 23, 2017

This year I have been trying to find new ways for my third grade students recommend books so we have decided to post their recommendations on #BookTalkTuesday. We'd love to see more classes join in. Don't have time to post? If you want to add books for an individual student, make sure to go to Miss Palmieri blog and fill out the book talk form.

Here's what my students recommend this week:


P. recommends The Night Gardner because it was kind of scary. The author's description of the characters and setting were very descriptive and made him want to read on.




J. recommends The Amulet series. It's a great graphic novel series that is similar to Star Wars. It has action and a lot of other elements that people would like - machines, magic, etc.



C. recommends Finding Perfect. She likes how Elly Swartz describes the main character. She also loves how the poetry is weaved into the book through the Poetry Slam. It's also full of suspense because there are so many terrible things that might happen, such as her friend moving away and her mom staying away.



L. recommends the Elephant and Piggy series because they are funny. He likes the way the author introduces the character's feelings. He likes the books very much.

That's all for this week. Check back next week to see what other kids are reading. Please comment on our reading choices or share your recommendations below. They love hearing from you! 

Monday, May 22, 2017

#IMWAYR May 22, 2017


Each week I join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers to share all of the reading I've done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. 

This week in the classroom:

Fractured Tale Study

To end the year my students will be fracturing a traditional folk or fairytale. To get them ready we have been exploring different versions of Cinderella.


My students loved how so many aspects of a Cinderella story were turned on end  and that everyone in this book wanted Cinderella to be happy. Plus - she plays baseball. http://sportygirlbooks.blogspot.com/2017/05/book-review-elly-and-smelly-sneaker.html


My class loved the humor in this version of Cinderella and that there was a male protagonist. Their favorite moment was when Prince Cinders lost his trousers instead of his shoe.


CinderHazel hates dresses and balls. She wants to spend her days in dirt. She's a great protagonist who kids will love, even if they are fond of cleanliness.


Here's what I read this week:

Middle Grade


The Green Book is a science fiction story set in a future world where a group of people have no choice but to flee the earth for a new planet. Life on the planet is challenging and they may not survive. This book would be a great read aloud for a 3rd - 6th grade classroom. I plan to pair it with The Wild Robot.

Young Adult


This week I read the next group of novels in The Iron Fey series. In some ways I enjoyed this sequence better than the first. I liked how Julie Kagawa brought back many of the original characters and found Ethan to be an interesting main character.



Check back tomorrow on #BookTalkTuesday to see what my third graders have been reading. 
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Stacy Barnett Mozer is a third grade teacher and a middle grade author. The Sweet Spot and The Perfect Trip are available now from Spellbound River Press. If you like what she's been reading follow her on Goodreads. Please leave a comment below. It's Monday, what are you reading?

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

#BookTalkTuesday May 16, 2017

This year I have been trying to find new ways for my third grade students recommend books so we have decided to post their recommendations on #BookTalkTuesday. We'd love to see more classes join in. Don't have time to post? If you want to add books for an individual student, make sure to go to Miss Palmieri blog and fill out the book talk form.

Here's what my students recommend this week:



J. recommends Lunch Money by Andrew Clements. She likes the book because she likes seeing all the ways that the main character finds to make money.



A. recommends The Talented Clementine by Sara Pennypacker because it's really funny. Clementine thinks she is not good at anything and at first she is only going to help at the talent show but she ends up doing more than that.



Y. recommends Ramona and Her Father by Beverly Cleary. In this book Ramona's father loses his job. She likes how Ramona helps her father to gain confidence.



W. recommends Spy School by Stuart Gibbs because it is about a kid named Ben who gets into a top secret spy school. When he is in the school he discovers a mole. He likes Ben's character and the book is exciting and dangerous (he almost gets killed - twice!).



D. recommends Summer Ball by Mike Lupica which is about a boy named Danny who goes to a summer camp with a really mean coach and barely gets to play. He likes all the action in the story and the way the games are explained. One thing that happens during practice sends the whole book spinning.

That's all for this week. Check back next week to see what other kids are reading. Please comment on our reading choices or share your recommendations below. They love hearing from you!