Monday September 29th, 2014

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

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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.

Picture book love overflowed. Ten favourites from the week:

The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee

I will admit that I coveted this book from first just the title and then, once revealed, the cover. Yes, of course, because I adore Marla Frazee but also because . . . what a cover. It hints at mystery and strange happenings and . . . ? This book could have been so many stories. If you haven’t yet experienced it, don’t you have numerous story lines floating about in your head? It surprised me with its tenderness, the sweet, the kind. All the more amazing of course, because it is wordless. I cannot wait to experience this next through children’s eyes when I share it with my class.

the farmer and the clown Monday September 29th, 2014 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Flashlight by Lizi Boyd

My, my, my, my. What a package of brilliance and wonder and beauty. A quiet forest walk in the dark with highlights of little bits of magic. Amusing. Beautiful. Wow. And wordless . . . Yet, I imagine this in children’s hands and all I hear is natter, natter, natter.

Flashlight Monday September 29th, 2014 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

The Best Book in the World by Rilla Alexander

All about the journey that books take us on – how it is somewhat endless and circular and full of all kinds of wonderful.

the best book in the world Monday September 29th, 2014 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Catching Kisses written by Amy Gibson and illustrated by Maria Van Lieshout

Love these illustrations in a very big way. Gorgeous visually all around. A book that is comforting, soothing and about the power of connection.

catching kisses Monday September 29th, 2014 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Once Upon a Memory written by Nina Laden and illustrated by Renata Liwska

Ode to memories and inspiration for dreaming up more. The perfect book to inspire a list, a discussion, a story . . .

 Once Upon a Memory Monday September 29th, 2014 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Rock-A-Bye Room written by Susan Meyers and illustrated by Amy Bates

I found this at the library and instantly wished I could read it multiple times to a near sleep toddler – it is the perfect bedtime book. If I find it in board book version, I will buy multiple copies to gift to new parents. Just lovely all around.

Rock a bye room Monday September 29th, 2014 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

And Two Boys Booed written by Judith Viorst and illustrated by Sophie Blackall

I love books that capture what it is like to be courageous in everyday moments. This is one of the best.

And Two Boys Booed Monday September 29th, 2014 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

The Rain Stomper written by Addie Boswell and illustrated by Eric Velasquez

I am not really sure how it is that I haven’t celebrated this book before – considering it is all about finding ways to embrace the rain and I live in the rainy Pacific Northwest. But now that I have, let me rave. This is all about powerful language, great energy and the magic of a community of children and a rainy day. Delightful.

the rain stomper Monday September 29th, 2014 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Ladybug Girl and Bingo by David Soman and Jacky Davis

Every time I read a LadyBug Girl title, I become more enamoured with these lovely stories and the incredible illustrations by Soman. In this title, Ladybug Girl has some big time camping adventures with her beloved dog Bingo. Of course, adventures can seem big or small according to your perspective on the world . . .

LadyBug Girl and Bingo Monday September 29th, 2014 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

29 Myths on the Swinster Pharmacy written by Lemony Snicket and illustrated by Lisa Brown

I know for sure that some people will just not like this book. It is odd. It doesn’t necessarily make sense. It can be considered confusing. For me though, it is quite brilliant. Takes me right back to being a child and imagining wild and wonderful things about perhaps the most ordinary of places. Or perhaps not . . .

29 Myths Monday September 29th, 2014 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

I also read a sweet little beginning chapter book:  Squishy McFluff The Invisible Cat by Pip Jones and illustrated by Ella Okstad

Love the rhymes and often I don’t like rhymes. This rhyming text allows for a smoother read and predictability with the text. Lots of naughty here. Is it our darling Ava up to no good? Or her sneaky invisible kitty?

Squishy McFluff Monday September 29th, 2014 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Next up? I have been switching novels around a little bit and have now settled into The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill by Megan Frazer Blakemore

Reading Goal Updates: 

2014 Chapter Book Challenge: 62/100 novels complete

Goodreads Challenge: 441/650 books read (currently 40 books behind which is actually progress! Last week it was 54!)

#MustReadin2014: 20/30 complete

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 107/65 complete

30 thoughts on “Monday September 29th, 2014

  1. Every now and again, picture books will sound good to me, but in general, it’s a good thing I read mostly middle grade. I have never been fond of wordless picture books, especially. What a great variety of things you’ve read this week!

  2. I still haven’t seen any of the Ladybug Girl books. I’d never even heard of them until I saw them on Earl’s blog sometime in the last few months. Really need to find those books, as I loved the new Soman title. All a book really needs for me to want to read it are these words: “Pictures by Sophie Blackall”–and I’m in! So her book with Judith Viorst is a must-read for me. I am hoping my copy of Farmer & Clown arrives today. I have been indulging in an extra bit of picture book purchasing, since of course I need all the titles with Caldecott buzz for the Mock Caldecott we’ll do in Children’s Lit in January! Basically I want to read every book here. Off to add to my Goodreads list….

    • Picture book purchasing is a wonderful indulgence. I found some titles on sale at a local bookstore this weekend and with a partial pay cheque on the horizon, I had to bring a few home with me. Very excited to be book shopping! I, too, love Blackall’s illustrations. Ladybug Girl titles are for younger readers but very cute. I do so appreciate Soman’s illustrations.

  3. I think it is great you are doing different reading challenges. How do you find time in your schedule to read that many books? Do you plan it out at the beginning of the week or do you just read whenever you have down time?

  4. Love your excitement – to be back in the classroom, to be sharing books! Your list this week is amazing…such fun looking titles, I can’t even begin to choose one!

  5. Just called my favorite indie bookstore to see if they have Rock-A-Bye Room. They do. Looking forward to getting some of the others from the library. Big list to request from your post today!

  6. Quite the collection this week! I am intrigued by the new Lemony Snicket, as I think he is hilarious. I was less impressed by Flashlight. It felt like an exercise of “look how clever I am!” without a story or connection that made sense to me. Will be curious to see what the kids think of it.

  7. There is a reason why I shouldn’t miss any Monday reading post. I just pinned a few titles here. Love the Frazee and Blackall new picturebooks, will definitely look for them. Lovely titles, as always, dear Carrie. 🙂

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