Search Results for: Katherine Sokolowski

December 30

THE 2016 NERDIES: GRAPHIC NOVEL WINNERS ANNOUNCED BY KATHERINE SOKOLOWSKI

The Nerdy Book Club Awards are a time of great excitement and great expense. I look forward to these awards each year, but also fear for my credit card bill by the end of them. Just getting this list for the graphic novel winners shortly before Christmas was wallet draining. There were several books I […]

November 18

Book Talks by Katherine Sokolowski

I recently gave my students an end of the quarter survey to see how they felt the year was going. In looking at survey after survey, my seventh graders repeatedly listed our daily book talks as one of their favorite parts of our class. They had positive things to say about finding other kids in […]

June 30

A Clatter of Jars by Lisa Graff – Review by Katherine Sokolowski

Sometimes it’s hard to trace back my love of an author. With some authors, one book stands out and I know that’s where we “met.” With other authors, I feel as if I’ve always known them through their books. In the case of Lisa Graff, that seems true. How is it that Absolutely Almost has […]

December 29

The 2015 Nerdies: Graphic Novel Winners Announced by Katherine Sokolowski

Graphic novels are the single most circulated section in our classroom library. My students cannot get enough of them. When we made our stacks to take home for break, kids were taking the entire series of Lunch Lady, Amulet, Bone, or Babymouse. Students shouted across the room to other students to make sure they grabbed […]

November 20

High Tech Student to Student Book Recs by Katherine Sokolowski

One of my goals with my fifth graders each fall is to create an awareness amongst my three classes that I am not the sole source of book recommendations for them. That they can get recommendations from their friends. After all, I will not be traveling with them to sixth grade, but their friends will. […]

October 01

We’re All Hooked by Katherine Sokolowski

Graphic novels. They are a staple in most classroom libraries. In my classroom they are the single most circulated section of the room. Three walls of the classroom are covered in books. Tucked in the back in one section of the book shelves are the graphic novels. Most often, they look like this:   Book […]

June 06

Top Ten Reasons I Choose To Read Poolside by Katherine Sokolowski

The last day of school has passed and summer has officially begun. That means it is time to fill up the pool bag, grab some sunscreen, a book, and head to our community pool. Many of my friends think I am crazy. Truly, my boys have reached the age where they could go on their […]

April 17

Sharing Our Love of Picture Books by Katherine Sokolowski

It was this photo that started it. Nine weeks ago I looked up from a reading conference with a student and saw this, took the photo, and posted it to Facebook and Instagram.     It really wouldn’t be an unusual sight in my classroom of fifth graders. When we have independent work time, kids […]

December 30

2014 NERDY AWARDS FOR GRAPHIC NOVELS BY KATHERINE SOKOLOWSKI

I am honored to be writing about the graphic novel winners for the Nerdy Book Club awards again this year. See, if you came to visit my classroom you would find a welcoming place—some comfortable old furniture, tables scattered around, and bookshelves encircling the room. We have a lot of books – over 3,000 – […]

December 04

The Witch’s Boy by Kelly Barnhill – Review by Katherine Sokolowski

When trying to describe The Witch’s Boy to my students, I was at a loss for words. I finally said, “Sometimes I don’t know how to describe the books that I love to read, but I know they will be magical from the moment I open them.” The Witch’s Boy was just that type of […]