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Spotlight On: Michigan State University’s James Patterson Teacher Education Scholars



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Each year, The Patterson Family Foundation awards James Patterson Teacher Education Scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students that are studying education and are committed to teaching careers.  Over the next few months, ReadKiddoRead will highlight Patterson Scholars at schools across the country.  For this first post, we're introducing you to the eights recipients at Michigan State University.  Read on to learn about their favorite recent reads and their recommendations for Kiddos!

  • Name: Carley M.
    Hometown: Walled Lake, Michigan

    Teaching Focus: Elementary Education

    Favorite Book I Read This Year: Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks. I love Nicholas Sparks books because I can feel all of the emotions the characters experience. I love when I feel like I could jump into the book and live the story.

    My ReadKiddoRead Recommendation: Any of the Winnie the Pooh books. These were my favorite books as a child. There are so many life lessons and beautiful quotes hidden in children's literature!
  • Name: Alexis L.
    Hometown: New Boston, Michigan

    Teaching Focus:Elementary Education with a focus on Language Arts

    Favorite Book I Read This Year: Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult. I always enjoy her books, but I especially liked this one because it crossed so many different themes.  It made you question the things you believe and what you think could actually be the truth.

    My ReadKiddoRead Recommendation: Mick Harte Was Here by Barbara Park. My teacher read it to a small group of us in 5th grade, and it has stayed with me for all these years. It was such a moving book. I cried then, and I would probably cry if I read it again.
  • Name: Kelcey L.
    Hometown: Columbus, Ohio

    Teaching Focus: Elementary Education with a focus on Language Arts

    Favorite Book I Read This Year: Wicked by Gregory Maguire. There was a lot of imagery and I could picture the musical while I was reading it. I also loved the storyline.

    My ReadKiddoRead Recommendation: Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein. It represents many different genres and it allows kids to begin analytical thinking at a young age.
  • Jessica
    Name: Jessica H.
    Hometown: Saline, Michigan

    Teaching Focus: Special Education with a focus on Language Arts

    Favorite Book I Read This Year: Mockingbird by Katherine Erskine. I loved this book because it was a drama written from the perspective of an autistic child. As a special education major, I found the book very interesting and worth reading!

    My ReadKiddoRead Recommendation: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. This is one of my favorites because it is timeless. I enjoyed my mom reading it to me when I was young, and I can sill flip through it now and catch on to meaning I didn't notice before. It's a classic!
  • Mary
    Name: Mary R.
    Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

    Teaching Focus: Special Education with a focus on Elementary Education

    Favorite Book I Read This Year: The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom. I really enjoyed this book because it was inspiring and thought-provoking, and gave me the chance to reflect on the meaning of my life here on earth.

    My ReadKiddoRead Recommendation: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. I recommend kids (of any age) to read this story. This story touches home to anyone of any age, exemplifying the true meaning of love and how we sometimes take it for granted. I love how emotional of a read it is.
  • Sarah
    Name: Sarah H.
    Hometown: Muskegon, Michigan

    Teaching Focus: Elementary Education with a focus on Language Arts and Urban Education

    Favorite Book I Read This Year: The Alex Cross series by James Patterson, As a recipient of his scholarship this year, I was very interested in reading some of his writing. My favorite thus far has been this series, because I was very intrigued by the mystery mixed with the strong emotions in the novels.

    My ReadKiddoRead Recommendation: The Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborn. I loved these books as a child because they were fun and interesting. I think these are great books for kids because each story is based on a historical event with a fun twist for kids.
  • Maxx
    Name: Maxx M.
    Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

    Teaching Focus: Elementary Education with a focus on Language Arts

    Favorite Book I Read This Year: The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. I can't wait to read the sequel.

    My ReadKiddoRead Recommendation: The Amelia Bedelia series by Peggy Parish. The kids I babysit and I love to read the series together, and I remember also loving them when I was younger. They are really fun reads!
  • Gabrielle
    Name: Gabrielle G.
    Hometown: Detroit, Michigan

    Teaching Focus: Secondary English Education with a minor in History

    Favorite Book I Read This Year: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. I recently read the Hunger Games series and I really liked the second book, Catching Fire, the best. I liked that Katniss was starting to realize who she was as a person and what she stood for even when faced with adversity.

    My ReadKiddoRead Recommendation: The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. The books are a series of coming of age novels that evolve as Harry and his friends do. I grew up reading the books and I fell in love. One of the major lessons I learned was that you are responsible for your life and the different choices you decide to make.