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. The best way to grow your TBR list!
Hoping all Moms had a lovely Mother’s Day yesterday! Here is one of the gorgeous bouquets that went home to Moms and Grandmas in my class:
My own children made me lovely cards. How well my son knows me! 🙂
I read a variety of picture books this week. Here are my favourites:
The Girl with the Brave Heart: A Tale from Tehran written by Rita Jahanforuz and illustrated by Vali Mintzi
Readers will notice similarities to well known folktales and fairytales. An important story that highlights how our true spirit shines through when we trust our heart. I imagine this story would be very popular in my classroom. Students love to learn from tales from around the world.
Baby Bear by Kadir Nelson
These illustrations are powerful – some pages almost overwhelming in their intensity. Baby Bear is lost and finds his way home through the wisdom of his fellow forest dwellers. Advice is soothing sometimes more than specifically helpful – “Hug a Tree” but Baby Bear manages to find his way.
Missuk’s Snow Geese written by Anne Renaud and illustrated by Genevieve Cote
A beautiful story of a little girl who wants to be a carver like her father. When he is lost in a storm, it turns out that Missuk’s creations helped bring him home.
A Packet of Seeds written by Deborah Hopkinson and illustrated by Bethanne Andersen
Historical fiction with much melancholy. A family travels west to settle in a new place and new home on the prairie. This book highlights the physical and mental courage and energy it took to be able to make a home in a new place. The promise of a flower garden and the memories the blossoms might evoke makes all of the difference for one Mom.
The Apple Orchard Riddle written by Margaret McNamara and illustrated by G. Brian Karas
A riddle weaves its way through this story all about a visit to an apple orchard. Much to learn and much to wonder.
Every Day is Malala Day by Rosemary McCarney with Plan International
This book is a photographic thank you letter to Malala Yousafzai for her courage and her determination to speak up for the rights of girls to have an education. Both text and photos (of girls all over the world) are powerful. I highlighted how I shared it in my class in this post.
The Troll written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by David Roberts
I love David Roberts as an illustrator. This story is very amusing. It mixes some pirates up with the Troll from the Billy Goat’s Gruff story in very delightful and silly ways. Comical and creative.
Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan
I started to smile on the first page and I was more delighted and amused with each page I turned. Beautifully odd and quirky. Rich images. I am of course convinced that I must own this book. I want to make my way through the pages time and again.
In other reading . . .
I am pages away from finishing Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee
I adore being lost in the other worldly ways of this novel. Magical. Mystical. Mysterious.
Up next? I plan to start Nightingale’s Nest by Nikki Loftin
Reading Goal updates:
2014 Chapter Book Challenge: 36/100 novels complete
Goodeads Challenge: 239/650 books read
#MustReadin2014: 15/30 complete
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 61/65 complete