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.
Before I get started on sharing a number of fantastic titles, have you heard our exciting news? The strike is OVER!!! I explain it here (there is even dancing) Possibly when you read this post, I will actually be inside my school! Full days begin Tuesday! Hurray!
The “best of the week” in picture books:
Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton
First, I have to rave about the colours in this book. Shades of blue like I have never seen done. And then some reds and fuschias – wow. But, this isn’t a book you would start by describing as beautiful (even though I just did . . . ) because first it is clever and amusing and wonderfully funny!
The Zoo Box written by Ariel Cohn and illustrated by Aron Nels Steinke
I had no idea that this book was a graphic style picture book until I opened it up. What a wonderful surprise! Shades of Jumanji fantasy with lots to explore more deeply. I don’t want to spoil anything. Go find yourself a copy and jump into the book! But, be careful, something might jump back out!
The Grudge Keeper written by Mara Rockliff and illustrated by Eliza Wheeler
I had this title on one of my picture book wish lists that I made this summer when all of my book shopping was put on hold. The very generous Mara Rockliff sent me a copy! I already know that this will be a book I share with the students in the first few weeks back. I think I will not talk about it here now because I have the feeling I will be sharing more of this title with student reactions quite soon.
Volcano Rising written by Elizabeth Rusch and illustrated by Susan Swan
One of the very best, if not the best nonfiction picture book I have read on volcanoes. Two layers of text (one section with more details for those who want to read more information) and incredible illustrations. A title I am making sure we purchase for our school library.
Emily and the Mighty Om written by Sarah Lolley and illustrated by Sleepless Kao
Lots to love in this book with messages about slowing down, breathing deep and yoga poses.
Penguin and Pumpkin by Salina Yoon
The ending is my very favourite part of this book. So very sweet. I do love Penguin but my favourite tale is still the first: Penguin and Pinecone.
Fox and Squirrel Make a Friend by Ruth Ohi
I loved the first Fox and Squirrel title and I adore this one too. Wonderful friendship story but light and playful. Ideal for younger students.
Little You written by Richard Van Camp and illustrated by Julie Flett
The perfect baby gift for first time parents. Flett’s illustrations are so stunning and the spirit of this book is pure celebration.
Hostage Three by Nick Lake
This book was great. So gripping. Emotional. Intense and beautifully written. The characters were so raw and vulnerable which compounded the intensity. A highly recommended young adult read.
Next up? I am reading All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry
A kind of yikes: I was 54 books behind on my Goodreads goal this a.m. Now I am 42 books behind. Many picture books today! Trying to get this down to zero – recording it here and making it public, will be motivation. Would have thought a strike would have given me more time to read, but it just kind of froze the world. Piles of books did not get read. After just this weekend, I feel my reading spirit returning.
Reading Goal Updates:
2014 Chapter Book Challenge: 62/100 novels complete
Goodreads Challenge: 427/650 books read (currently 42 books behind)
#MustReadin2014: 20/30 complete
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 107/65 complete