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!
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.
Flight School by Lita Judge
Oh this little penguin. He is persistent. Daring. Charming. Purely irresistible.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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