Our “Book Tasting Party” – Graduate Students’ Top Three Picks

I recently hosted a “book tasting party” with my graduate students.  It was so much fun, and a good opportunity to share and talk about our favorite books in a relaxed setting.  There are so many resources online for party ideas, and my teachers appreciated the place cards and settings, festively decorated tables, and the cookies/candy!  The  teachers (Grades K-12) reviewed and rated books across grade levels.  They picked these three as their favorites:

WonderR.J. Palacio

Out of My Mind – Sharon Draper

The One and Only Ivan – Katherine Applegate

Fourth place went to:

The Dot – Peter H. Reynolds – to promote a “growth mindset.”

Tied for fifth place were:

We’re all Wonders – R. J. Palacio

Inside Out and Back Again – Thanhha Lai

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key – Jack Gantos

The Boy on the Wooden Box – Leon Leyson

One of my teachers, brought a list of her fifth graders’ favorites.  I was not surprised to see their appreciation for books that appear in series or collections.  As they get to know the characters and contexts of the stories better, their enthusiasm grows!  This is good to keep in mind when establishing a motivational and engaging library for this age group.   They liked:

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid  series

I Survived series

Beyonders  series

Mr. Terupt series

Hunger Games series

The Secret series

Beyonders series

Send me your favorite too!






2 comments On Our “Book Tasting Party” – Graduate Students’ Top Three Picks

  • “The Dot” and “We’re All Wonders” are two of my first graders’ favorites! I definitely want to try a book tasting party with my class next year. Thank you for sharing such wonderful ideas.

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