Kristin Covaleskie

Influential Books

May 18, 2008|By Liz Atwood

Kristin Covaleskie, Baltimore City's Teacher of the Year, makes a surprising admission. For years she encouraged her students to read, while she herself didn't enjoy reading very much. All that changed when Harry Potter cast a spell on her. From the moment she picked up the first book in J.K. Rowling's series, she was hooked. Covaleskie, who grew up in Oneida, N.Y., has taught in the city schools for 12 years - the past six at Northwood Elementary. The fourth grade teacher is single and lives in Butchers Hill.

"The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963" by Christopher Paul Curtis.

It's a great book to expose young people to [the] civil rights movement. ... I like it because it fosters a dialogue that I can have with students.

"Hoot" by Carl Hiaasen

I am a very big advocate for animals and taking care of the earth. It's another great one for opening the dialogue with kids.

"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" by J.K. Rowling

It was the first time I could not put a book down. Although I was always an advocate for reading, it was hard for me until I fell in love with it, too.

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