Monday January 12th, 2015

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

I have been sharing a weekly reading photo of the week each week. This week I had lots to choose from! My final choice is of students talking picture books with each other during Reading Workshop. Fantastic engagement!

Monday January 12th, 2015  #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

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.

I read some fantastic picture books this week! My favourites:

Time for Bed Fred! by Yasmeen Ismail 

Fred certainly needs some help getting to bed. But what a wonderful adventure in avoidance. Fred is delightful in all of his energy and mess.

Time for Bed Fred! Monday January 12th, 2015  #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Flight School by Lita Judge

Oh this little penguin. He is persistent. Daring. Charming. Purely irresistible.

 Flight School Monday January 12th, 2015  #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Have You Seen my Dragon? by Steve Light 

A visual adventure in search of a dragon – along the way notice and count numerous other things in the city. This is a must have for my buddy reading collection. Love the black and white images and the bright colours of what we are counting. Delightful!

Have you seen my dragon? Monday January 12th, 2015  #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Mr. Ferris and his Wheel written by Kathryn Gibbs Davis and illustrated by Gilbert Ford

Such interesting details about how the first ferris wheel came to be – from brilliant idea to the real thing in all of its glory.

 Mr Ferris and his Wheel Monday January 12th, 2015  #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story written by Paula Yoo and illustrated by Dom Lee

This is a powerful biography about Sammy Lee, a Korean American who faced discrimination and various challenges on his journey to Olympic gold. Pressure from his father, limited access to public pools (because non white patrons could only use the pool once a week) and training in a sandpit were all part of Lee’s journey. A true story of dedication and determination.

Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds Monday January 12th, 2015  #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

If You Wish written by Kate Westerlund and illustrated by Robert Ingpen.

My students’ reviews of this title can be found on our classroom blog. Turns out to be a wonderful writing prompt! A story celebrating imagination.

If You Wish

Speaking of picture books, I also shared the eleven titles on our Mock Caldecott list. Can’t wait to dive into more of these with my students this week!

Mock Caldecott Choices

I also read

Sticky Burr: Adventures in Burrwood Forest by John Lechner

So very unique. I know this will become an adored part of our graphic collection.

 Sticky Burr

100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith 

Smith writes such incredible young male characters. Likeable, honest, and vulnerable. They are stubborn. Questioning. At times, obnoxious. Navigating the challenges of teeenage times. Boys who don’t need to be perfect. Who are figuring it out. Who get much of it wrong but some of it really right.


Up Next? I am almost finished How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes are Untied by Jess Keating and then I will be reading Going Over by Beth Kephart 

2015 Reading Goals:

2015 Chapter Book Challenge: 2/80 complete

Goodreads Challenge: 18/415 books read

#MustReadin2015: 2/24 complete

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 3/100 titles

Diverse Books in 2015: 1/50 books read


36 thoughts on “Monday January 12th, 2015

  1. WOO HOO to Sticky Burr! Those books that you shared look lovely… quite curious to read 100 Miles Sideways- just finished The Alex Crow and Grasshopper Jungle so might need a break for a little bit from the author though. 🙂 Happy reading to you… Love your reading photos every week BTW…

  2. Yeah! So glad to see some picture books we haven’t read in our house yet! We had a delayed opening this morning and we would typically snuggle in for some picture book reading but somehow our library bag was sadly ‘picture book free’. Going to request the ones we haven’t read yet right now!

  3. I’ve put the Andrew Smith title on hold. (Have to be ready for Serendipity) Isn’t Sticky Burr lovely? I think it was one of the first graphic books I got for our younger readers. (Thanks to Tim at the Comic Shop) I loved the kids reviews of If You Wish.

    • Thanks for checking out their reviews. I think they are doing such a great job using these titles as a springboard for more writing! So excited to see Andrew Smith at Serendipity!

  4. I know many little cherubs who would love Have You Seen My Dragon? You’re right, it would be perfect for buddy reading. Sticky Burr looks amazing, presenting it as a graphic novel adds so much character, I will definitely be looking out for it!

  5. Wow, what a great list! I love the look of the Dragon book and think my kids will too. Can’t wait to hear how your mock Caldecott turns out – we just started introducing books last week.

  6. Flight School is a favorite-so cute and funny. I like the look and sound of 100 Sideways Miles, Carrie. Will keep it in mind. Lots of good books here, and in your Mock Caldedott list. Thanks!

  7. Andrew Smith’s characters obnoxious? No! Haha. I always find his boys to be so realistic. You can tell he is a teacher! This book is on my TBR list. I have only read three of his books, so I need to get cracking!

  8. Many here I know – but love the look of 16 Years in 16 Seconds. I’ve heard a bit about Sticky Burr but have not read it yet. Love Dragon, Flight School and just read Mr. Ferris – fascinating! 100 sideways miles looks PERFECT for my teenagers at home! Thanks for sharing!

  9. I enjoyed reading Grasshopper Jungle, so I’m intrigued to read another Andrew Smith title. 🙂 Love how irreverent his writing can be, so fearless. I love the picturebook titles you shared here, some are familiar, and others unknown to me. Robert Ingpen is one of my absolute favourite illustrators so will definitely look for “If You Wish.”

  10. So many on this list that I’m eager to read! I resolved to buy no more books until March–and then promptly bought 3. My husband laughed as he brought the Amazon book inside. As far as addictions go, this one is fairly harmless, right? I don’t know Robert Ingpen’s work but will have to look for some of his books–that’s a gorgeous cover!

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