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.
Lots of picture books in my reading week. The ones I loved:
The Girl and the Bicycle by Mark Pett
I always think that when I read a really fantastic wordless title that I should have many words. But my review is just about raving. This book has everything I love, love, love about picture book magic. Sigh. Soar. Divine.
Mr. Frank by Irene Luxbacher
I always love books about connections between grandparents and grandchildren. This book is nostalgic and tender. Just lovely.
Give and Take by Chris Raschka
Well, well, well . . . This book holds some great potential for some fascinating philosophical discussion inside of its 32 pages. How far can greed go? What is selfish? Is there a line? What about giving? Can we give too much? Such an interesting little book.
My Pet Book by Bob Staake
Bright, book adoration. What can be better?
Julia’s House for Lost Creatures by Ben Hatke
This book went on a wish list of mine after reading some great reviews. Now I have read the book and am sure I need to get it into my classroom! Delightful is the best way to describe this title. I adore the unique creatures. I am impressed by Julia’s problem solving finesse. And who doesn’t love a journey into someone else’s imagination? Such fun.
I’m My Own Dog by David Ezra Stein
I did a lot of book store therapy this week. Not book shopping because that is not currently in the cards but bookstore “being” – perusing titles, recommending to friends, making lists. I actually laughed often while reading this book. And I need some laughs. A book that throws the usual “human = owner animal = pet dynamic” on its head. Giggles are underrated.
Mr. Brown’s Fantastic Hat by Ayano Imai
I loved the illustrations in this book. An incredible hat that grows to accomodate a number of birds come to nest. Themes of loneliness, making friends, growing community.
I also read some fantastic nonfiction titles:
A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams written by Jen Bryant and illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Everything about this title is inspiration. What a story, first of al,l of a poet that had to share his perspective with the world. This book is full of art and words and images. It nudges the reader – go . . . write . . . share . . . create. A beautiful, beautiful book.
Who Was Here? Discovering Wild Animal Tracks by Mia Posada
Loved the guess and read to find out aspect of this story. Would be perfect to share a few pages at a time.
Bizarre Dinosaurs: Some Very Strange Creatures and Why We Think They Got that Way by John Updike and Christopher Sloan
Whoa dinosaurs are wild creatures! This title shares photos of fossils and digitally modeled images along with scientific explanations of why dinosaurs were structured the way they were. Fascinating.
I am sick of typing it so you must be sick of reading it but the mess of BC Education is still happening. We still have no contract. The mediator declared an impasse. Tomorrow is NOT the first day of school as it should be. So my reading time has continued to be interrupted by things like remembering to breathe. I am almost finished and thoroughly enjoying Revolution by Deborah Wiles. Hoping to be able to escape into more books this week after picket line shifts and beginning to home school (temporarily I hope) my own children who should be beginning Grade 7 tomorrow.
Happy Reading to all of you. Thank goodness for the land of books!
Reading Goal Updates:
2014 Chapter Book Challenge: 60/100 novels complete
Goodreads Challenge: 406/650 books read
#MustReadin2014: 20/30 complete
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 104/65 complete