Monday January 26th, 2015

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

I have been sharing a reading photo of the week each week. This week with all of the buzz of #MockCaldecott, I had many to choose from. But this photo of these two boys quietly reading is my favourite. It captures what happens when there are a few free moments in our class – students grab books and read. Choices and habits that are simple, sure, solid. Love.

For a peek at some related #booklove attached to our  #MockCaldecott, head over to my classroom blog and read about our guessing of title #3 in Aaron Becker‘s trilogy: Journey, Quest , . . . .? 

Monday January 26th, 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.


Favourites of the week:

A Perfectly Messed Up Story by Patrick McDonnell

There are many things I adore about this little title. The value it places on books. It’s philosophical musings. The coffee rings. The wit. Lovely, lovely, lovely!

A Perfectly Messed up Story Monday January 26th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Stormy Night by Salina Yoon

Sweet through and through. A stormy night and a brave little bear (with the help of his family) handles the noises of a storm.

Stormy Night Monday January 26th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Jonathan & Martha by Petr Horácek 

Playful and fun with lift up parts, cut outs and worms that battle into a tied up companionship, this books has huge potential for our buddy reading collection.

Jonathan & Martha Monday January 26th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas written by Lynn Cox and illustrated by Brian Floca 

What a story! An elephant seal that felt at home in a river in Christchurch New Zealand. When the well meaning townspeople bring her out to the ocean where they assume she will be safer and more content, she manages to return time after time.

Elizabeth-Queen-of-the-Seas- Monday January 26th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Maudie and Bear written by Jan Ormerod and illustrated by Freya Blackwood

Anything Freya Blackwood and I am a little in love. Interesting reactions to this title. Our little Maudie is full of spunk, personality and . . . .but bear is calm, solid and consistent. Full of patience and love. Would be interesting to talk with children about what they think about the interactions. I think Maudie actually represents many little ones who are quite focussed on self.

Maudie and Bear Monday January 26th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

I also finished (book #4 from my #MustReadin2015 list) The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Lots of love. Lots of pain. Grief and mourning muddled up with falling in love and living. Some stop you in your tracks images and lines. Wow.

The Sky is Everywhere Monday January 26th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Up next? I finished reading Twerp by Mark Goldblatt to my children as our family read aloud. I highly recommend this title if you haven’t read it. It would make an ideal middle school read aloud (Grade 6 and up I think) Tonight we started reading The Shadowhand Covenant (Book Two of the Vengekeep Prophecies) by Brian Farrey

I am reading The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Updates on my 2015 Reading Goals:

2015 Chapter Book Challenge: 5/80 complete

Goodreads Challenge: 32/415 books read

#MustReadin2015: 4/24 complete

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 5/100 titles

Diverse Books in 2015: 2/50 books read


37 thoughts on “Monday January 26th, 2015

  1. I was hoping that the Nelson title would work for middle grade, but it didn’t. So many sad A romance titles. middle grade readers want just FUN romance, and who can blame them?

  2. We loved Elizabeth too and so not our typical book! I think we would really enjoy Maudie and Bear so I’ll be sure to find that one too! I read Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun recently but haven’t read this one yet. My to be read pile grows ever higher!!

  3. I am reading Jandy Nelson’s new novel right now (well, sort of. I’m reading about 20 novels right now and can’t really decide WHAT I’m reading!) and loving it. Need to go back and read Sky. Might look for that one on audio next. We enjoyed Vengekeep Prophesies very much–looking forward to your thoughts on Book 2, which I’ll have to purchase. Wonderful PBs here as always. Wasn’t Perfectly Messed-up Story a delight? One of my children’s lit students checked it out from her local library and brought it to class and I nearly knocked people over getting to it because I’ve been so eager to read it but hadn’t been able to get my hands on it yet!

    • Perfectly Messed up Story is an absolute delight! Sounds like maybe you messed up another book trying to read it? Was there coffee involved? 🙂 I was excited to start 2nd book of Vengekeep – the first chapters started a little heavy on detail but now seems like the action is about to begin!

  4. A Perfectly Messed up Story sounds like a helpful book when launching reading workshop or teaching students about the classroom library. Thanks for telling us about it. We can’t wait to read it.

  5. I don’t read a lot of picture books, but your blog makes me want to! I did read “A House for Hermit Crab” by Eric Carle today after we talked about molting in science.
    I am reading “Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library” in the middle grade area and
    “Green Mile” in the adult world.
    Thanks for sharing your books and pictures!

    • I love the amazing world of picture books – both fiction and nonfiction. But of course, the chapter book read aloud is always amazing for the discussions and community it creates.

  6. So Many great books Carrie. I now can’t wait to chat with your two darlings about Twerp. Such a fabulous title. The sky is everywhere has now been added to my to read list.

  7. I enjoyed seeing your recommendations. I read The Crossover this past week and really enjoyed it. I have to admit that I’m more than a little intimidated by your reading goals!! I read and logged 50 books on Goodreads in 2014 and felt like I had really accomplished something! Only a few– maybe 8 or 9 were picture books– is that how you get so many, or are do you not sleep?!? 😉

  8. I was laughing out loud to Messed Up Story – I didn’t know it was going to be so humorous! Did you love seeing the Penguin and Pinecone cameos in A Stormy Night?? My favorite part about that book was the illustrations – I loved the bright and bold colors!

  9. I need to get my hands on Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas. I already borrowed a copy of A Perfectly Messed Up Story and can’t wait to read it this weekend. Loved the photo as always. It’s the first time I’m hearing of The Sky is Everywhere! 🙂

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