Monday February 2nd, 2015

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

I have been sharing a reading photo of the week each week. This week I am sharing a photo of students engaged with a variety of nonfiction texts during “Nonfiction Reading Day” – where we devote our Reading Workshop time to reading nonfiction. Of course, for many readers, nonfiction reading happens all week but this focus allows all children to read more nonfiction, more widely.

Monday February 2nd 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

I was excited to share our #MockCaldecott results and reflections here. In mere hours, we will know the actual medal and honor winners. So excited!

Monday February 2nd 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 realize that much of my reading this week was nonfiction picture books. Lots of variety and as usual, I learned so much. Some highlights:

The Top of the World: Climbing Mount Everest by Steve Jenkins

If you want to climb Mount Everest, what would you need to know? This book is filled with facts about history, geography and the myriad of challenges that climbers might encounter.

The Top of the World Monday February 2nd 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Animals in Flight by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page

An older Jenkins title that I found in my school library. I was most interested in the history of flying creatures and the different ways various wings function.

Animals in Flight by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page Monday February 2nd 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

A Place for Butterflies by Melissa Stewart and illustrated by Higgins Bond

Focuses on a variety of butterflies and the threats to their environments. Framed with specific ideas about how to change human actions to make a difference to butterflies like planting native plants, protecting swamps and marshes and not trying to catch live butterflies for collections.

Place for Butterflies Monday February 2nd 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Mites by Valerie Bodden

Magnified things we never actually see in our day to day life are quite creepy – yet incredibly fascinating. Made me want to vacuum.

Mites Monday February 2nd 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

I also read

Nine Words Max by Dan Bar-el and illustrated by David Huyck

Max is too talkative – wouldn’t it be great if he could only say nine words at a time? Ideal, think his brothers. But is it? Clever.

 Monday February 2nd 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Dolphin SOS by Roy Miki and Slavia Miki with illustrations by Julie Flett

This was one of those read alouds where at one point the silence in the room was thick – surrounding us like fog – it seemed like we could see it and feel it all at once. Such a beautifully emotional book about three dolphins off the coast of Newfoundland who became trapped in the ice in a cove. The townspeople had to listen to their cries for days before they finally intervened when government wouldn’t help. There is a moment between a dolphin and one of the rescuers that is just awe inspiring. Based on a true story.

Dolphin SOS Monday February 2nd 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

The Memory Tree by Britta Teckentrup

Death and grief healed by memories and community. A lovely, accessible picture book.

The Memory Tree Britta Teckentrup Monday February 2nd 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

A Gift for Mama by Linda Ravin Lodding illustrated by Alison Jay

I love Alison Jay’s illustrations and this book, set in Vienna, was an absolute visual and historical treat. A circular story about Oskar trying to find a perfect gift for his Mama for her birthday. Yet, he keeps encountering people in need of his gift and trades each of them for something new. Themes of kindness, generosity and optimism.

a gift for mama Monday February 2nd 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

I also finished The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

I finished this morning. Incredible.

crossover Monday February 2nd 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Up next?  My children and I continue reading The Shadowhand Covenant (Book Two of the Vengekeep Prophecies) by Brian Farrey. With my class, I have started Each Little Bird that Sings by Deborah Wiles. Oh, so very good!

I am starting The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy (one of my #MustReadin2015 titles)

Updates on my 2015 Reading Goals:

2015 Chapter Book Challenge: 6/80 complete

Goodreads Challenge: 43/415 books read

#MustReadin2015: 4/24 complete

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 10/100 titles

Diverse Books in 2015: 3/50 books read

34 thoughts on “Monday February 2nd, 2015

  1. Oohh…two Steve Jenkins books I didn’t know about! I love his work so much. I appreciate all the non-fiction titles because that tends to be my “book gap” area. I’m really hoping to hear Crossover’s title called during the Youth Media Awards this morning…so much love for that title! Thanks for always sharing so many fantastic titles Carrie!

    Happy Reading!

  2. I am interested in checking out Dolphin SOS! And, the Memory Tree, I need to find that one. Hope you’re staying warm!!

  3. Well your finishing The Crossover was quite fortuitous!!! Good timing 🙂 I need to get that one but I’m going to wait until I can get it with the shiny stickers on it!
    I need to find A Place for Butterflies for this spring, our 1st gr teachers do a unit on life cycles and butterflies, so it will be perfect. I read A Place for Turtles last week, I love Melissa’s work!

  4. Every time I think I’ve read all the Steve Jenkins books, I find more! He is seriously prolific. Both of these look excellent. As always, I want to put all the PBs you write about in an Amazon cart and click Order. SIGH. Will try to control myself and make library requests. Great timing on The Crossover! I had started it last week but not finished–I’m getting back to it this morning. So excited it won a Newbery. Love thinking about all the students who will get to read it as a result. Your description of Dolphin SOS made me feel a bit teary. Animal rescue stories always get me…

  5. I think The Top of the World is the first Steve Jenkins title I ever read, and I remember being completely in awe of the art. Animals in Flight is new to me, as are your other titles. Like you, I love Alison Jay. Her soft color palette and the crackle-effect she achieves make me want to dive into her paintings. The Crossover has been on my list, but I haven’t gotten to it yet. I think I’ll move it to the top of the pile!

  6. I can always count on adding to my NF TBR list by stopping by your page. Thank you for these mentions. I’m especially curious about the Jenkins titles and Dolphin SOS.

  7. Dolphin SOS sounds stunning – loved the way you described the atmosphere in your room while reading it aloud. Crossover has been on my TBR list for some time…can’t wait to get to it someday soon!

  8. Can’t wait to find The Top of The World, another good Jenkins book! So fun that you just finished Crossover. It is a beautiful story, & I’m thrilled it won the Newbery. Great fun to hear all the winners this am!

  9. Oh my goodness Carrie! So many beautiful book covers especially Dolphin SOS, Animals in Flight, and A Gift for Mama. Anything Jenkins does is just brilliant. I purchased a set of those Creepy Creatures books at the Kidsbooks sale. I’m looking forward to using them with my grade 2 research group after spring break. I’m green with envy that you have finished Crossover, especially since it has won the Newbery!

    • And I just pressed The Crossover into Bea’s hands. I want everyone in my household to experience it! So, so great. Dolphin SOS would be a great addition to your library – and – Julie Flett! Creepy Creatures are ideal titles for younger students to read and enjoy independently. My students have a lot of success with them.

  10. I am seeing so many unfamiliar titles here and a few that I know I just have to find – particularly the Memory Tree which sounds perfect for my multicultural children’s literature course. I have yet to explore the genius of Steve Jenkins. I am grateful to the Monday reading community for introducing me to so many great books. I will also be reading Crossover with my GatheringReaders book club at the public library in June. Can’t wait for it! 🙂

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