Monday August 25th, 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.

I thought I would have finished many more books this week. Problem is I can’t sit still. If I am still, I think. I think about how we are still on strike. How September is going to begin with us in limbo here in B.C. No teaching, no learning. Just sad. So I spent time I would usually be reading, doing other things. Sorting. Organizing. Puttering about to keep moving. And less reading was the result. Ridiculous really because reading is one of my favourite things but it’s been a hard week knowing that there is no resolution in sight. Taking a deep breath and trying to dive back into books.

Still, I read some great titles!

The picture books I loved:

 A Boy and A Jaguar written by Alan Rabinowitz and illustrated by Cátia Chien 

Oh wow. This book. It’s gorgeous. It’s special. It’s a must own and must share. A story of a boy who finds his voice and shares it in the best of ways.

 A Boy and a Jaguar #IMWAYR There's a Book for That August 25th, 2014

Hooray for Hat! by Brian Won

This book was sent to me by the wonderful Alyson Beecher and it marched into my hands and begged to be read. Delightful. Charming. It whispers, “Hey, there is an art project just begging to happen here don’t you think?” Yep!

Hooray for Hat  #IMWAYR There's a Book for That August 25th, 2014

The Long,  Long Journey The Godwit’s Amazing Migration written by Sandra Markle and illustrated by Mia Posada

I am always fascinated by migration stories. This title highlights the journey of the godwit’s migration. Almost unbelievable. Beautifully illustrated.

 The Long, Long Journey  #IMWAYR There's a Book for That August 25th, 2014

Chamelia and the New Kid in Class by Ethan Long

Perfect read aloud for little ones – addresses feelings of jealousy, wanting attention, accepting the new kid. Always relevant.

  #IMWAYR There's a Book for That August 25th, 2014

In New York by Marc Brown

A great introduction to an incredible city.

In New York  #IMWAYR There's a Book for That August 25th, 2014

I also finished

A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

Reading this book was kind of like stumbling into an eclectic antique store and picking up interesting items to examine. Stacks of sentimental. Little bowls of charm. Artifacts full of whimsy. Sorrow. Longing. Joy. Magic. What a book.

a snicker of magic  #IMWAYR There's a Book for That August 25th, 2014

Up next? I am now reading Okay for Now by Gary D. Shmidt with my children and plan to start Revolution by Deborah Wiles later today.

Reading Goal Updates: 

2014 Chapter Book Challenge: 60/100 novels complete

Goodreads Challenge: 394/650 books read

#MustReadin2014: 20/30 complete

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 100/65 complete

24 thoughts on “Monday August 25th, 2014

  1. The beginning of your post made me sad too…I hate all of this strike stuff! I’m also finding it difficult not to dwell on it, so here’s hoping we’re back before we drive ourselves crazy (although maybe with much cleaner, more organized houses)! I am definitely going to pick up A Snicker of Magic…have seen it a few times now and am intrigued.

    • It’s almost impossible not to dwell. We can’t escape it. I would like nothing more than to be back in my classroom next week and to have my children in school. Best wishes to you!

  2. I know of some of the picture books, but still haven’t read them. Will look for Hooray for Hat. Need also to find Revolution-had to return it before I read it! Sending my best wishes, Carrie!

  3. I am so sorry that there is no resolution yet with the strike. I’m stunned that the govt hasn’t resolved this to ensure the start of school. There is really no excuse. I understand your need to putter. I have been thinking about rereading Okay for Now this semester. My library has it on audio, and I am always looking for new audios for my commute. I loved Hooray for Hat, and A Boy and a Jaguar is definitely a must own and must share. The Long Long Journey looks incredible. Just added it to my list!

    • It is kind of stunning except when you live it day by day and then it is just deplorable and so so sad. Okay for Now is a favourite of mine so I am thrilled to be reading it to my kids. Enjoy it as an audio title. I bet it would be great. I am really enjoying reading it aloud.

  4. I loved the way you shared Snicker. Your description made me smile with your comparison to the antique shop and your fun word choices. When I am upset, I often clean and organize too. Keeping busy holds the bad feelings just at bay a little. I’m sorry your schools are in that situation and I hope that a solution is found soon.

  5. I’ve seen A Boy and A Jaguar on a few posts recently and now your review has made me put it at the top of my list! I love how you love migration stories and have followed your posts about this topic with much interest. A bit like me and my obsession with seasons! Camelia looks adorable but makes me sad that we won’t be able to read it to our new class because there will be no new class! What a strange feeling not knowing what, when, why and how can this happen?

    • Strange feeling indeed. I am just sick about it honestly. We did a family walk in the forest and landed at Kidsbooks today. Ways I calm down. This is just too ridiculous for words. The trees, the full air and the great books did help! And yes, A Boy and A Jaguar -it’s a WOW!

  6. Hi Carrie, I just requested Hooray for Hat. If Alyson sent it to you and you loved it, that’s good enough for me. I agree wholeheartedly about A Boy and a Jaguar. I will be requesting a copy of The Long, long Journey for my partner teacher who teaches science. Thanks for these.

    • Gigi- so glad that you found some titles of interest. Hooray for Hat! is so much fun – I think it’s one of those books that can be enjoyed by little ones right on up to older students. It is just joyful!

  7. Hi there Carrie. I am sending you lots of positive energy, fairy lights, and a whisper-ful of warm wishes – hoping that things get better for you and the rest of the teachers in BC.
    I am pinning your picturebooks here. The Long Long Journey sounds like a book that I would fall in love with. 🙂 I am also glad to hear that you enjoyed Snicker of Magic – your sparse description of what the book is about perfectly captures its ‘whimsy.’

  8. The more I read about Snicker, the more I know I need to read it sooner than later. I am trying to get NEED TO reading done so I can get to want to reading.
    I have Boy and Jaguar from the library–it will be read soon 🙂

    Happy reading this week!

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