Monday August 11th, 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. You are guaranteed to find something new to add to your list.

The picture books I loved this week include some nonfiction titles. I won’t be posting for Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday (away on holiday) so sharing some wonderful nonfiction here today.

Jacob’s New Dress written by Sarah and Ian Hoffman and illustrated by Chris Case

Really a must have title for those of us trying to build a library that represents all of the diversity in our classrooms. This picture book touches on gender non-conforming children and sends a beautiful message: “There are lots of different ways to be a boy.” Little Jacob’s interactions with his parents are emotional as he waits to see their reactions to his requests to wear a dress to school. A brave little character. A must have book.

Jacob's New Dress #IMWAYR Monday August 11th, 2014 There's a Book for That

Mr. Flux written by Kyo Maclear and illustrated by Matte Stephens 

I have said it before – I embrace the odd and quirky in picture books and this title is all about just that. Eccentric, yes. Embracing change, it’s here. A book you will either like or not but worth checking out!

Mr. Flux #IMWAYR Monday August 11th, 2014 There's a Book for That

A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee

I am really not sure how I haven’t read this book. I knew about this book. I have held it in my hand at the library. But, I only finally read it now. Huh? Marla Frazee, my favourite! A book about connections between generations, which I love. So asking again, how did I miss this? Maybe because I needed the perfect summer day to read and savour it. Loved everything about this title – the humour, the boy energy and whims, the awesome grandparents and the big and small adventures.

A Couple of Boys have the Best Week Ever  #IMWAYR Monday August 11th, 2014 There's a Book for That

The Eye of the Whale: A Rescue Story by Jennifer O’Connell

This book made me cry. Just a gorgeous picture book based on a real life rescue. There is magic and hope here.

The Eye of the Whale  #IMWAYR Monday August 11th, 2014 There's a Book for That

A Baby Elephant in the Wild written by Caitlin O’Connell with photographs by Timothy Rodwell and Caitlin O’Connell

My students aren’t to read Scientist in the Field titles yet so books like this (written by the author of The Elephant Scientist, a Scientist in the Field title are perfect. Lots of learning about elephants in a book younger students can manage.

 A Baby Elephant in the Wild  #IMWAYR Monday August 11th, 2014 There's a Book for That

In the Trees, Honey Bees written by Lori Mortensen and illustrated by Cris Arbo

The illustrations in this book are just incredible. They look almost like photographs. This book reads like a poem with more information on each page so it can be read in many different ways. Lots of learning about bees and how they interact in this title.

 In the Trees, Honey Bees  #IMWAYR Monday August 11th, 2014 There's a Book for That

I also finished Circa Now by Amber McRee Turner

This is a very special title. Themes of grief, friendship and family are interwoven through a story that makes us believe in magic or at least “meant to be”.  This would be the perfect middle grade book club selection. There is so much to talk about.

 Circa Now  #IMWAYR Monday August 11th, 2014 There's a Book for That

Next up? I have a large pile of titles to take on my holiday. I am hoping for a book a day! Reading, the ocean and family time! Hurrah!

Reading Goal Updates: 

2014 Chapter Book Challenge: 55/100 novels complete

Goodreads Challenge: 383/650 books read

#MustReadin2014: 20/30 complete

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 97/65 complete

39 thoughts on “Monday August 11th, 2014

  1. Your book pile for your vacation looks excellent. There are some gems in there! Thanks for sharing all these great picture books. I am especially interested in The Eye of the Whale. Thanks also for mentioning the Scientist in the Field books. I am intrigued and need to go look for those. Have a great reading week and have fun at the ocean!

    • Andrea, I really love the Scientist in the Field titles. I learn SO much – I have been reading them to my own children (Grade 6) – great as read alouds. I showed my class a whale rescue caught on video last year so would love to get this book in our library and share it as a read aloud.

  2. Carrie, you always seem to curate such a lovely collection of books. I have not read Jacob’s New Dress but it sounds delightful. Is it reminiscent of William’s Doll? I plan to check out The Eye of the Whale. My 6th graders spend a lot of time in the oceans during science — seems like a nice tie in. I too loved Circa Now and cannot wait to recommend it to my students this year. Finally, I am jealous you still have a Snicker of Magic ahead of you! Enchanting book! Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks so much Beth. I am enjoying hours of reading already – read a bunch on the ferry yesterday! It is wonderful to be able to read for hours!Jacob’s New Dress is in a sense a more modern version of William’s Doll with a child who in his dress is gender non-conforming. It is very well done. The Eye of the Whale is a great story that would spark a lot of discussion.

  3. I’ve seen Jacob’s New Dress a few times now! Circa Now was definitely one of my favorites from this summer. I’m looking forward to book talking that one this fall! I need to see if my library has Baby Elephant. I hope you have plenty of time to read this week, you’ve got quite the stack. Enjoy some ocean reading time!

  4. Definitely going to keep an eye out for Circa Now…always looking for great YA books to draw in those middle school kids! Love the picture of your stack…wish I could get through a book a day but two little ones makes that tough!

    • Yes, with little ones it is tricky. My kids are now old enough to want some quiet down time everyday which gives me reading time. They also get up a few hours later than me – I squeeze in early a.m. reading before the house is up!

  5. Whew, you have a busy week ahead! I’m happy with BookAWeek at this point 😉
    I haven’t seen Circa Now, I’ve added it to my 2014 to read list! Have a wonderful holiday by the sea with your family!

    • Thanks Nicole – today we had a busy day loading in supplies, etc so just now settling in with a book in the late afternoon – but I always can squeeze in reading before everyone gets up in the morning. I am up with the sun!

  6. Glad you featured Jacob’s New Dress–an important book to include in our classroom libraries for sure and also a good story. I love the little moments between Jacob and his parents. Thanks for the reminder about Caitlin O’Connell’s new book. I love the Scientist in the Field series but can’t yet read them aloud to my kids, so this new book is a must-have for us. A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever is a delight, isn’t it? How I love Marla Frazee. I’ve read this one many times to my kids. My older son can recognize her art anywhere and loves it when I find new books illustrated by her! Enjoy your holiday–and your holiday reading!

    • Yes, the moments between Jacob and his parents are so special. Emotional. I love Frazee and yes, her style is so recognizable! It would be great if more Scientist in the Field did junior versions of their stories for younger readers – such great stories and amazing photos.

  7. I Hope you have a wonderful holiday, Carrie, & return to good news! I’m happy to say that my library has Jacob’s New Dress & The Secret Hum of A Daisy-love the library! Hope you enjoy A Mango-Shaped Space. It’s been a life-saver for more than one student of mine–big connections. Thanks for all the N-F ideas, always good to hear from you in those.

    • I can’t even imagine returning to good news but the sides are back to bargaining so stranger things have happened! Sigh. Thank goodness I have ocean, lots of books and downtime with my family! We just had fish and chips on the wharf and a lovely boat ride.

  8. Love seeing all that you’ve read. I want to check out Circa Now, A Baby Elephant in the Wild, and The Eye of a Whale. Your vacation stack is intriguing – fun to see some I’ve read: A Great and Terrible Beauty, A Mango Shaped Space, and Where the Heart Is. I just picked up The Hum of a Daisy and I’ve seen Snicker of Magic everywhere. So maybe it’s time to request it. Problem is that my eyes are always bigger than my stomach and then I have to return it because someone else has requested it. I have a list that I call my “I checked that book out once, caressed it, and had to return it before I could read it.”

  9. Everyone is raving about Circa Now! I need to read it. I also love odd and eccentric books, so I am surely going to add Mr. Flux to my list. Thank you for sharing both of these! I hope you have a phenomenal week filled with terrific texts. 🙂

  10. Hey there dearest Carrie. You are truly a kindred. I take very careful note of the books I am bringing with me, even on an overnight travel. I also make very careful decisions about which to put in my carry-on luggage (my backpack usually) and which ones I should put in my check-in suitcase. It’s a lot easier though if it’s a long road trip and we’re bringing our own car along, at least that way I am sure that I can bring as many as I wish.

    I love the odd and eccentric in picturebooks – the quirky, the off-the-wall, the strange, the surreal. And so I am definitely checking out Mr Flux. I am pinning a few of your titles here. I am still avidly on the lookout for the Scientists in the Field series – any recommendations for the 12-15 year old age group? I am looking for a few titles for my daughter’s summer reading. I know about Marla Frazee’s picturebook – I’ve seen it featured and discussed in depth in a few of the PD texts I read – I definitely have to check that one out – haven’t seen it in our library though, so that’s one for book hunting purposes! I’m excited that you’re finally reading Snicker of Magic – I hope you love it as much as I did.

    • Myra – I think the Scientist in the Field titles are all ideal for that age. I like reading them as an adult. Depends on her interests – there are many books to choose from – we are currently reading about tree kangaroos and then on to cheetahs. I think there is a website that lists them all.

  11. I’m trying to catch up on a few blogs this morning so I’m a bit late responding to this post! A great collection, as always. The Marla Frazee book is one of my favorites – so glad you have now read it! I saw the bee book in Chapters and almost bought it – LOVE the illustrations. Jacob’s dress – a must for our library. Whale Rescue also looks like one I must get my hands on. Your book pile looks delicious! I would never get through so many books – even on holiday! Circa Now looks wonderful – the goldfish on the cover reminds me of Rules! Have a wonderful holiday!

    • I don’t always get to all of the books – but I like to have a variety because you never know what mood you might be in or how much it might rain etc. Better too many books than not enough is my philosophy!

  12. I agree with about Jacob’s New Dress. I read it earlier this summer and immediately ordered it for our school library! Thanks so much for the heads up about the rest of these titles. You are always my go to person for picture books!

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