My class have many, many favourite books that we love to share. From big books to picture books, non-fiction or topic books, books on CD, sing-a-long books, short story books, poetry books or novels, it is always something that my classes have long looked forward to...sharing a delightful, delicious book and devouring its rich language together!
Over the years, I have enjoyed reading some individual stand-alone novels that have been loved by all. I have never been tempted to repeat a class novel twice - only because that particular class seem to form a place in my memory which is attached to that particular book. I have read many Joy Cowley novels such as 'The Wild West Gang' (we read that series) and 'The Pirate's Mixed Up Voyage' by Margaret Mahy. I spent a whole year reading a Year 8 class 'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe' series by C.S. Lewis and another year reading the Harry Potter novels to a Year 6 class (we never quite finished past the 3rd one!)
But last year, my class kind of got caught up in the fantastic series of books by Cressida Cowell, all about a wonderfully 'normal' Viking boy who defies all of the odds by becoming the most unusual hero that ever was! My class last year became totally enthralled by every word on every page and hung to the very syllable of each word as I read aloud to them. We even did a film/book comparison between the first book of 'How To Train Your Dragon' and they did character studies and blogged madly about the books.
So this year, for the first time ever, I did the unthinkable...I repeated the series of books. But this time, my class have been a group of children who really struggle to concentrate, yet they have sat, wriggling giggling, as I shared the stories all over again. My class have just thought that this was the most wonderful thing - our day is not complete without the story continuing. We have just had the final, 9th book delivered to us and we are endeavouring to finish it before the year ends!
I cannot rave enough about the power of a silly story, a funny story, a powerful or spooky story, a thriller, a mystery or romance...the power of a story can never be underestimated.
Do YOUR class have any faves? Are there any books that you just read every year because of how much children love them?