Summary from Goodreads: “What is your name?” That’s what Nora asks her neighbors as she rides up and down the elevator of her apartment house. She doesn’t mean to be a busybody. She just wants to be like doorman Henry and know all the people in her building–all 200 of them! And then one day Nora gets a great idea: they’ll have a giant party, for everyone in the building!
This year I’m trying something new with my first grade classes. We are going to read a couple of short chapter books together throughout the year. We’ll still enjoy some awesome picture books and of course have many lessons on library and informational skills. However, the old saying “Too Many Books, Too Little Time” applies to children’s books as well as adult books. Many wonderful books get overlooked by students as they rush to get the newest Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Magic Tree House. Don’t get me wrong, I have ready many of the books in those series myself. I just want to expose the students to as many books as possible.
Each time they come to the library, we will have a short chapter or two from a good book that they might not have noticed.
We started with one of my favorite books, Busybody Nora by Johanna Hurwitz. I love Nora and her brother Teddy. It was first published in 1976 so it’s a bit dated for my students. Though, I was surprised how many of them new that records could also be musical and not just world. 🙂
Despite having been published almost 40 years ago, Nora and Teddy’s adventures are still entertaining for today’s students. Hopefully, reading the book together will have inspired them to go looking for other books by Johanna Hurwitz.
Our next book is The Candy Corn Contest by Patricia Reilly Giff.