Monday February 9th, 2015

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

I have been sharing a reading photo of the week each week. This week, I had some computer glitch and lost my photos from the week – no idea why. Thankfully, I tweeted some so I can still share some book love happening in my classroom here!

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. I have decided to share – many but briefly – couldn’t get it down to under ten favourites. Not a bad problem. 🙂 Fiction and nonfiction picture book joy!

The Storm Whale by Benji Davies

What do you do when you find a whale lost in a storm? Help it of course. And it just might help you communicate something that needs telling. Sweet.

 The Storm Whale Monday February 9th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

The Troublemaker by Lauren Castillo

Absolutely wonderful. Castillo is such a story teller. This book rings true with the magic of childhood, the nostalgia of summer holidays and the quirky dynamics of family interactions. Love the surprises!

The Troublemaker Monday February 9th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Number One Sam by Greg Pizzoli

Being number one is always most important . . . or is it?

Number One Sam Monday February 9th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth written by Michelle Robinson and illustrated by Kate Hindley

This would be a fantastic mentor text for procedural writing. Adorable illustrations and a fun little escapade – bath time with a woolly mammoth.

How to Wash a Wooly Mammoth Monday February 9th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Hermelin: The Detective Mouse as told to Mini Grey

I really do adore Mini Grey! This story is utterly charming.

Hermelin Monday February 9th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Astronaut Handbook by Meghan McCarthy

Alyson Beecher pointed me in the direction of this book. Amazing nonfiction title about what it would be like to train to go into space! Perfect for the primary classroom.

Astronaut Handbook Monday February 9th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Firebird written by Misty Copeland and illustrated by Christopher Myers 

First read through, I spent this whole book swooning over the illustrations. And then I remembered that there was text. The first line of this book – just so beautiful:

the space between you and me is longer than forever

Firebird Monday February 9th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Bone by Bone written by Sara Levine and illustrated by T.S Spookytooth 

I put this on a nonfiction wish list after reading some reviews. This is my newest nonfiction title to rave about. Really, you need this book if you have a primary classroom. So engaging. So fun. Lots to learn.

 Bone by Bone Monday February 9th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Have You Heard the Nesting Bird? written by Rita Gray illustrated by Kenard Pak

These illustrations are fantastic. Lots of facts at the end of the book and beautiful lyrical text through out.

HaveYouHeard Monday February 9th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Forest Has a Song poems by Amy Ludwig Vanderwater  and illustrated by Robbin Gourley 

The forest is possibly my favourite out-in-the-world place. So, these illustrations, these poems – well, I was smitten.

Forest has a song Monday February 9th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

I also finished one novel. another from my #MustReadin2015 list:

The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy

I loved every member of this wonderful family. I rooted for each of them, celebrated them, smiled so big it hurt my cheeks. This is what family is. Loved the noisy, messy mumble jumble of every day love and family connection explored in this book. A happy, hilarious MG read.

The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher Monday February 9th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Up next? I am about to start Girls Like Us by Gail Giles

Updates on my 2015 Reading Goals:

2015 Chapter Book Challenge: 7/80 complete

Goodreads Challenge: 55/415 books read

#MustReadin2015: 5/24 complete

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 14/100 titles

Diverse Books in 2015: 5/50 books read




47 thoughts on “Monday February 9th, 2015

  1. Why is it that I dislike talking animal books now, but the Hermelin picture book looks good to me? I was a big Miss Bianca/Basil of Baker Street fan when I was very young. May have to take a look at Mini Grey!

  2. We Loved The Troublemaker! We read it last week. My kids were up on their knees they couldn’t take it! 🙂 That was such a fun read aloud! Many of these other books I will need to take a look at. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Hi Carrie, Love your books this week. I just stopped to request Bone by Bone. My partner teacher teaches about animals and adaptations, this one will be great! How to Wash a Wooly Mammoth looks adorable!!

  4. Wish already I’d found The Troublemaker, looks delightful, Carrie, & I loved that Fletcher family, too, hope it gets into the hands of more than one student! I saw your picture on twitter, too-love those smiles! Thanks as always for all the books!

  5. Isn’t Family Fletcher just so perfect? I predict it will become a modern classic. I too loved Hermelin! I’ve got The Troublemakers waiting to go into our new book display case. I’ll have to dig it out and read it this week. You’ve got so many other great books on this list. Alas, I am out of money and can now just add books to my wish list!

  6. I really liked Family Fletcher–and have liked it more as it’s stuck with me after reading. I hope for more in the series! Reminds me a bit of my very favorite fictional family: the Cassons, in Hilary McKay’s perfect series. (Which I just might have to reread this year.) I just bought Girls Like Us last week–read the first chapter and didn’t love the voice. Felt a little off to me. I need to get back to it and try again. It’s a book I really do want to love. Mini Grey is such a favorite of mine but I still haven’t seen Hermelin. Must look for Bone by Bone too. Thanks!

  7. Have you visited Amy Ludwig Vanderwater’s blog? The Poem Farm-I share it with my class from time to time, not as much as I should! You shared tons of great titles that are new to me, I thought Nesting Bird was going to have Jon Klassen’s name on the illustrations though! Have a great week!

  8. Your reading photos get me every week!!! I love your kids and your classroom!
    There are so many books in this list that I loved and so many more that I want to read. Thank you as always for sharing amazing PBs each week!

    Happy reading this week! 🙂

  9. I love your list! Firebird is definitely on my “to read” list– I danced as a girl for six years, and am still a dancer at heart. You sold me with your description of Bone by Bone– will have to get that one next. Here’s a question for you– about what percentage of the books you list do you actually purchase and put in your classroom? I buy WAY too many books, but when I see books like some of the ones you’ve listed, it doesn’t seem enough to borrow them– I feel the need to OWN them! (Yikes!) Thank you, Carrie!

    • I am scared to answer that question. On this list – not so bad. I bought Bone by Bone and Astronaut Academy. I tend to take a lot of novels out from the library – but do purchase certain MG titles I want my children to read or that I might read aloud to them. I tend to spend most of my $$ on nonfiction titles that I know I will share frequently. I also buy pretty much every wordless book that I love. Can’t help it. And of course, when I can I purchase titles my students will love for our classroom library. Sometimes, we have had some donations I use for this. But yes, I spend a LOT on books. Such an important investment.

  10. Carrie, I go into the library, and I never find as many good books as you seem to find! The forest is one of my favorite places to be, too, so I will have to search for Forest Has a Song! Thank you for sharing!

  11. Now that’s a lot of picturebook love indeed – I was hoping to pin some of them, but the Pinterest button seems to have stopped working. I read Forest Has a Song I think last year – isn’t it lovely? Will also be featuring The Troublemaker very soon – enjoyed the twist in the end too. Can’t wait to receive my copy of Firebird! 🙂

  12. Wow – a very long list this week! Some I know – but many new titles for me! I am most interested in Bone By Bone – I am collecting books that are good for comparative writing – so have added this to my list! How To Wash a Wooly Mammoth – perfect anchor for instructional writing! And I love the look of Every Forest Has A Song. Love the Troublemaker and Storm Whale. Thanks for all the new titles!

  13. Were your ears burning yesterday morning? I’ve started my 4th grade intervention students blogging on Mondays. They review the book they currently read on a padlet page and then they can read everybody else’s reviews to get ideas for their TBR piles. Before we started I showed them blogs, including yours, so they could see how people review. It was so fun to see what they came up with 🙂
    I’m pretty sure you saw Rita Gray has a new one coming out this spring? I saw it at ALAMW and it’s beautiful, I think even better than Nesting Bird.
    Getting more into Girls Like Us tonight. Hope I can get it done quickly. No promises since it’s conference week!

    • Wow, Michele, honoured that you would share my blog with your students! I bet it was fun to see their reviews! I did see that there is a new one coming out by Rita Gray with same illustrator and of course, I want it! Enjoy Girls. I read it all in a morning. LOVED

  14. I’ve been a big Lauren Castillo fan. Nana in the City was one of my favorite picture books of 2014. I haven’t read The Troublemaker yet, so definitely adding that to my to-read list. 🙂

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