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#30 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Jodi's Classroom Favorites

Hello Friday! Hello Follow Friday with book bloggers!

Meet Jodi, a lovely reader, who spreads book love among children. Keep on reading! 


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How did your book love begin?


My love of reading truly began when I was in fifth grade with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling . After that, I was hooked! Reading became my favorite past time, and still is today!


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling,Mary GrandPré 


How did your blogging adventure start?


My blogging adventure began as a classroom assignment (Hi Mrs. Gilmore!). I am currently enrolled in the Elementary Education program at the University of Montevallo. The goal of the assignment was to allow future teachers to become familiar with online resources for finding books to use for lesson planning. I have thoroughly enjoyed this assignment, and will continue to use BookLikes because of it.



In your short bio you write “A collection of my favorite picture, short story, and chapter books that I hope to house in my classroom library” Can you tell us more about your profession?


I am currently employed at a preschool, and I am preparing to become an Elementary Educator. BookLikes has allowed me to find wonderful books that I have already implemented while teaching!



How do you encourage children to read books? In your book reviews your include tips on how to use the titles during the lessons which is really great! 


I think the best way to encourage children to read is by making it a meaningful experience for them! By providing real life connections and experiences, children are likely to retain the information they have read. Hopefully this will inspire them to seek more opportunities to do so on their own. I also think that children learn so much from what adults model. I recommend that anyone trying to encourage young readers to devour more literature should do so themselves!



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What are you favorite genres? Why are they special?


I love to listen to stories being told, so my favorite genre is fairy tales! I love how lavish and detailed these stories tend to be. I have discovered so many spins on classic fairy tales as well. It is always exciting to have a fresh perspective on and old topic. My most recent discovery is Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood!


Interstellar Cinderella - Deborah Underwood,Meg Hunt 


What are you three favorite book covers?


My favorite book covers include: Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs Illustrated by Ron Barrett, Oh, The Places You’ll Go! Illustrated by Dr. Seuss, Let Me Finish Illustrated by Isabel Roxas; They say that you can’t judge a book by its cover, but when it comes to reading - I often do!


Oh, the Places You'll Go! - Dr. SeussCloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - Judi Barrett,Ron BarrettLet Me Finish! - Minh Lê,Isabel Roxas



How much time do you spend reading?


I am constantly reading! Whether I am reading for class, reading for pleasure, or reading to my students, I am immersed in text. I might be late to the party, but I just finished Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. It is phenomenal!


Turtles All the Way Down - John GreenThe Book with No Pictures - B.J. Novak 


Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers? 


I am so excited for readers to discover The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak. Young readers love to have them read aloud to them, as it provides an excellent time to poke fun at adult



Do you read one or several books at a time?


I tend to stick with one book at a time. By brain is too busy to consume more than that!



What’s your reading goal for 2018? 


I want to read 100 new children’s books this year, especially those titles that celebrate diversity!


A paper book or an e-book?


Paper - for sure.


Three titles for a desert island? 


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling, Holes by Louis Sachar, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J.K. RowlingHoles - Louis SacharThe Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman


Favorite quote? 


It is only with the heart that one can see rightly.

What is essential is invisible to the eye.

- Antoine de Saint-Exupery


If you could meet one author, who would it be?


I would love to meet J.K. Rowling. I grew up with Harry, and he was a friend to me when I had none. I would love to thank her for providing me with that experience!


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Thank you!


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