It’s Monday! What are you Reading?
I hope everyone was able to get lost in a book or two or three just like these guys did in Buddy Reading this week!
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. It’s the best way to discover what to read next.
My favourite picture books of the week:
Ms. Brooks’ Story Nook (where tales are told and ogres are welcome!) written by Barbara Bottner and illustrated by Michael Emberley
In this delightful tale, Miss Brooks gives her students the opportunity to connect with their inner story telling selves. But things get really interesting when Missy realizes that she can use her creative energies and wild imagination to tackle real life problems. Say problems named Billy Toomey . . .
Check out my students’ reviews here.
The trailer is delightful
Giant Dance Party written by Betsy Bird and illustrated by Brandon Dorman
Stage fright explored by big blue fluffy monsters and a feisty little girl.
Don’t Play with Your Food by Bob Shea
This book is absolute kid humour. In fact, one of my students found it at the library and insisted I read it and consider reading it aloud. I think I just might because it would be a LOT of fun to share with a group. A hungry monster continues to be outwitted by a group of ever multiplying bunnies.
H.o.r.s.e. a game of basketball and imagination by Christopher Myers
I read this aloud at dinner to my family and my twelve year old son and husband – both who enjoy basketball – were quite enthralled. Love the friendly banter and boasting and the focus on stretching both skills and creativity.
Rosie and Buttercup written by Chieri Uegaki and illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch
Oh, so very, very real when it comes to sibling relationships. Don’t you sometimes wish you could just give your annoying little sister away? What if you could? This title explores that question in such a tender and honest way. No blame – just exploring normal feelings of being irritated and having reached the point of frustration.
Nancy Knows by Cybèle Young
Such an interesting title – exploring the concept of memories – so Nancy, our elephant main character, is perfect.
Oliver’s Tree by Kit Chase
Adorable illustrations of these three friends. What kind of tree can an elephant belong in? Two friends support Oliver to find out.
Early readers/younger chapter books:
Annie’s Adventures (The Sister’s 8 Book 1) written by Lauren Baratz-Logsted with Greg Logsted & Jackie Logsted
My daughter devoured all nine titles in this series and I have some girls in my room beginning to read the series so I thought I should read one so I can talk with my students. Lots going on – mystery, sibling negotiation and sister power. Quite sophisticated writing and longer than a typical early chapter book – verging on a middle grade read at over 100 pages.
Humphrey’s Playful Puppy Problem written by Betty G. Birney and illustrated by Priscilla Burris
I find these Humphrey’s Tiny Tales to be the ideal balance between interesting plot and supported text to be the perfect early chapter title.
Novels: (both in verse)
Caminar by Skila Brown
There is something about a heavy story being light in words. Novels in verse can capture images and emotions with so much power that the reader must just stop. This is a beautifully done story – set in Guatemala in the early 1980s when mountain villages are wiped out in the name of searching for rebels. Family. Community. Courage. Nothing is what it once seemed. A powerful story for mature middle grade readers.
Libertad by Alma Fullerton
One night I read Caminar in one sitting and the next morning I woke up and devoured Libertad before getting out of bed. Another novel in verse, also set in Guatemala with a focus on courage and family, Libertad tells the story of a boy forced to protect both himself and his brother after their mother dies as they scavenge for garbage in the Guatemala City Dump. Determined to find his father in America, Libertad brings his brother Julio on a journey to family, freedom and safety. But will each decision be the right one? Is the risk too great? Is their dream even possible? I couldn’t put this book down.
Next up? I am still reading The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson and have a large pile of novels just in from the library that I am excited to dive into.
Reading Goal Updates:
2014 Chapter Book Challenge: 69/100 novels complete
Goodreads Challenge: 484/650 books read (continue to remain 48 books behind, still keeping it under 50!)
#MustReadin2014: 21/30 complete
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 111/65 complete
I loved Caminar, am glad to hear about Libertad, too, Carrie. What an awful time! There are several picture books that I will need to find, like the one about the little sister! And H.O.R.S.E looks great. Thanks much.
Libertad is another important read – if you enjoyed Caminar, I recommend it. Happy reading this week!
I so loved Don’t Play With Your Food! I want to be in the Stripey-stripe club! H.O.R.S.E. looks great – I just put it on hold at the library! Have a great week!
The stripey stripe club does seem pretty appealing! 🙂 Such a fun book.
I think Don’t Play With Your Food is brilliant. I’ve read it several times now and think it’s one of the most finely illustrated PBs of the year. So often, books that are big on the funny don’t get the credit they deserve for being great works of art, but I really think Don’t Play With Your Food is super sharp visually. And an awesome read-aloud, though I have trouble keeping my voice straight as I read. I want to dissolve into giggles on every page. Caminar has been sitting on my shelf for nearly a year now. Must get to it! You make such a good point about verse novels–I was thinking something similar as I read Home of the Brave this week. Several PBs I’ve marked here to read. So many wonderful books!
I am so happy to hear that you also loved Son’t Play with Your Food – I smile even thinking about reading it aloud! I want to read Home of the Brave now too. I have got a bit of a novels in verse obsession happening. Funny how we are in different moods at different times. Right now I can’t get enough of weighty words that I need to say aloud and savour.
I have been hearing such great things about Caminar. I need to read that before award season methinks.
It is such a well done book and yes, hope it gets some bling!
I finished The Red Pencil this week, which has much in common with Caminar. This is just a year for novels in verse, I guess.
Haven’t heard of the Annie’s Adventure series. Will have to check it out!
There is a certain power in these verse novels – The Red Pencil is on my list
I loved Libertad and now can’t wait to read Caminar! Have you read Tree Girl by Ben Mikaelsen? It’s not in verse, but deals with Guatemala in the 1980’s.
I haven’t – off to mark it TBR! Thanks
How do you find the time?! Such a wonderful list of books here…thank you! Looking forward to a big delivery soon myself, it’s like waiting for Christmas!
I can imagine! New books is such a thing of excitement!
I love Christopher Myers’s artwork. I’m sure you’ve read it, but Harlem is one of my favorite one of his.
I have Sisters 8 #1 and #2, but they hadn’t interested me much, but you have changed my mind. I will have to move those up my TBR.
Happy reading this week! 🙂
Thanks Kellee – these Sisters 8 titles are perfect for upper primary/early intermediates readers – but readers who are relatively strong. Lots of mystery and entertainment for this age. I know of Harlem – gorgeous.
What a huge challenge on Goodreads, nice job! 🙂 Loved the books you shared, so many…
Thanks Debbie. I was much further ahead last year so working hard to catch up!