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BC1: Favorite Book

on January 1, 2014

This was the first year that I’ve read The One and Only Ivan with my students. This wonderful story by Katherine Applegate immediately captured our hearts. I cried at least 3 times while trying to read it aloud. My 24 fifth graders were known to shed some tears also. I’d definitely recommend this book as a read-aloud for students in grades four through eight. If you want a real emotional treat, don’t read ahead of your students. I knew from the experiences of people  I trust that this book was exceptional. Discovering its magic along with my students was part of our joy.

This was the Discovery Ed DENbrarian selection for April 2013, so there is an awesome collection of resources already pinned on Pinterest.

Check out Katherine Applegate’s sharing on Global Read Aloud Day!

8 responses to “BC1: Favorite Book

  1. Kelly, I’m going to add this book to my list of read aouds. Here is the link to my BC1 Thanks again for inspiring me!

  2. I loved this book. I honestly had no interest in reading it as I am more of a YA fan now that I am in high school, but I won a copy from @MrSchuReads so I “had” to read it. Oh my goodness….so good. And now that I think about it, I loaned it to a friend over a year ago for her son. Time to get it back!! 🙂

  3. I have heard so much about this book but have not read it yet … guess I need to add it to my list! Thanks Kelly!

  4. This is my most favorite book of all times! Love, love, love!

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