Monday January 27th, 2014

It’s Monday! What are you reading?


Join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and share all of the reading you have done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Follow the links to read about all of the amazing books the #IMWAYR community has read. One of the very best ways to discover what to read next!

My favourite picture books (both fiction and nonfiction) reads of the week:

A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin written by Jen Bryant and illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Again, Sweet just slays me. Everything she does is vivid colours and spectacular details. This fascinating biography of artist Horace Pippin is an inspirational tale of an artist with everything stacked against him who makes art despite it all. Loved the back story of how Bryant and Sweet collaborated on the research to create this book.

A splash of red #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

The Invisible Boy written by Trudy Ludwig and illustrated by Patrice Barton

This is such an important book with themes of exclusion, kindness and friendship. I shared what this book was like as a read aloud experience in my classroom in this post.

The Invisible Boy #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Dream Boats written by Dan Bar-el  and illustrated by Kirsti Anne Wakelin

Lyrical text. Illustrations full of folklore, magic and dreams. Fall asleep and ride through dreams and history on a dream boat. A title that must be read, reread, examined and explored. It sails you through many legends and cultures around the world.

DreamBoats #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Lost Cat by C. Roger Mader

Come and see the world from the perspective of a little lost cat, left behind when her owner moved. I shared my students’ reviews here.

lost cat #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

The Very Brave Bear by Nick Bland

Bear and Buffalo square off in a battle of bravery. I am completely charmed by the silly antics revealed in the illustrations. Not sure how much of the text I even paid attention to – the pictures are hilarious!

#IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Noisy Poems for a Busy Day written by Robert Heidbreder and illustrated by Lori Joy Smith

Busy, bustling poems perfect for the preschool set. Full of sounds, fun to say and lots of silly . . .


Jump-up jiggle.

Undies backward!


Hee! Hee!

Noisy Poems #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Born to Be Giants: How Baby Dinosaurs Grew to Rule the World by Lita Judge 

I learned an incredible amount about dinosaurs in this nonfiction title and thoroughly enjoyed all of the details and comparisons to modern day creatures. Amazing illustrations.

#IMWAYR There's a Book for That

I read some other fabulous nonfiction picture books which I shared in my Nonfiction Wednesday Post: Animal Stories

I also read:

Forgive me, Leonard Peacock written by Matthew Quick

A perfect book to sit down with when you don’t have to get up for hours. I found myself pulled quickly into the world of Leonard Peacock and not wanting to put the book down and abandon him for even a moment. Raw. Vulnerable. Hurting. What a character. This is the story of a teenage boy who begins his last day on Earth because by day’s end, he’s planning to be dead. How did he get to this place? He will tell you, unravelling details of his history and his pain. This was one of my #MustReadin2014 titles – the second Matthew Quick title I have read this month. Definitely YA.

#IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Next up? I am reading The Living by Matt de la Pena and then plan to read Marie Lu‘s The Champion to finish the trilogy.

Reading Goal updates:

2014 Chapter Book Challenge: 6/100 novels complete

Goodeads Challenge: 61/650 books read

#MustReadin2014: 4/30 complete

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 24/65 complete

Happy Reading to all!

30 thoughts on “Monday January 27th, 2014

  1. A Splash of Read and The Invisible Boy are MUST-HAVES for me! Also, thanks for reminding me about Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock. I’ve seen it a couple of weeks ago but forgot about it. I’ve just finished Sally Gardner’s Maggot Moon. This sounds like a great follow-up to such an intense read! Cheers to books with memorable characters! =)

  2. All of these books sound excellent. I do not read as many picture books as others, but will definitely look for a few of these titles. I also loved Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock. I was so taken with the way the protagonist viewed his world. I love that the teacher is a hero for this kid. Enjoy Champion. It is a really nice finish to the trilogy.

  3. So excited for A Splash of Red – Schneider and Sibert Honor Awards!! And I love how Melissa Sweet can change up her style of illustrations depending on the book. Such talent! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. I am so pleased that you wrote about your read aloud experience with The Invisible Boy. I have pondered over this book because it is a difficult topic. The problem is not cut and dry. I wanted the boy to be able to make himself less invisible but also appreciated when Justin sought him out for inclusion. That takes a lot of courage when you are a new kid or a strong sense of what is right. It is a wonderful book for discussions and a great one to recommend to counselors.

    • It is an important read for sure. My children got a lot out of discussing story and writing their ideas/questions/reflections. It is interesting to think about how possible it really is for a “quiet” child to make themselves be “seen” – I loved that Brian had his art and was passionate about what he did and how he expressed himself. Also thought his writing the note to Justin about his lunch was a brave act.

  5. I was disappointed with the ending of the Divergent trilogy, so it was with great trepidation that I began Champion. That lasted for about 2 seconds! Perfect ending to a strong series. I am behind on my Matthew Quick, but I did manage to get to Leonard Peacock. It’s a powerful one! Have you read Reality Boy by A.S. King? ~Megan

    • I have read Reality Boy! I’ve read everything A.S. King! LOVE her. So glad to hear this about Champion! Can’t put The Living down so I should finish soon and move onto this last in The Legend Trilogy!

  6. How great that you read A SPLASH OF RED this week with all the love it received at the ALA Youth Media Awards today. 🙂 I had to put it back on hold at my library because I read it a while ago and I remember really liking it, but I am ashamed to admit I don’t remember that much about it so I must remedy that.

  7. A Splash of Red looks great! Invisible Boy – this is by far my favorite from Trudy Ludwig – and I think the illustrations enhance the story so much! Your students made such profound comments about this book! I love using Noisy Poems for visualizing! Then we write our own “sound poems”! Love Robert Heidbreder! Thanks for the great list, as always! : )

    • I love Robert Heidbreder too! I remember when he came to my class years ago – I was in awe of his energy and open nature. So much fun! You will LOVE A Splash of Red and it did beautifully with awards today!

  8. Great books this week, Carrie! All of Trudy Ludwig’s books are so important to get kids talking about being kind. I will look for The Invisible Boy. Thank you for all of the recommendations.

  9. We love dinosaur books in our family, so I’ll definitely be getting this one. The Invisible Boy sounds like one I’d like to read and discuss with my Children’s Lit class. Isn’t A Splash of Red perfect? I was so excited when it got a Schneider and a Sibert. It’s one of my favorites of the year for sure. And Melissa Sweet is possibly my favorite illustrator. It’s hard to choose just one because I have so many favorites, but she is right up there at the top. Her work is amazing. I think we’re going to have a Melissa Sweet day in Children’s Lit too! I am still thinking about Leonard Peacock. I wasn’t sure how Quick was going to end the story, but I found it very satisfying. So glad I have more books by him to read. I am trying to finish Far, Far Away this week and read more on the 2nd Laini Taylor and I also started Maggot Moon last night. Because hey, why not read 10 books at once?!

    • I do love A Splash of Red! And I agree, Sweet is very talented. I think many books at once makes lots and lots of sense! What else can a book lover do? This dinosaur title is REALLY good – so much interesting information.

  10. A Splash of Red got some great accolades yesterday, didn’t it?! 🙂 It’s a great book! I loved The Invisible Boy and really want to read Leonard Peacock! I picked up The Living at the library after the awards!

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