Monday February 16th, 2015

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

I have been sharing a reading photo of the week each week. This was taken during buddy reading with the Ks. What I love about it? That children are everywhere. All reading. Under things. On the carpet. At tables. Walking around. Reading, reading, reading.

Monday February 16th, 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.


Loved some special books this week – here are a few of my favourites:

My Teacher is A Monster (No, I am Not!) by Peter Brown 

Everyone has read this book, I know, I know. I kept not reading it thinking I might buy it. How I love Peter Brown! Then I tried to reign in my book purchasing and requested this title from the library. Now, of course, I really want it . . . My logic around not buying books usually fails. Miserably.

I adored this book. It’s sweet and funny. But also tender and kind of vulnerable. That’s how it struck me at least. All about perspective of course but also about opening yourself up to viewing someone in a new way.

My Teacher is A Monster (No, I am Not!) Monday February 16th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Sebastian and the Balloon by Philip C. Stead

Ode to imaginations and pickle sandwiches. Absolutely charming.

Monday February 16th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Toys in Space by Mini Grey

What happens if you leave your toys outside all night? Well, they’ll be abducted by aliens of course.

Toys in Space Monday February 16th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature poems by Nicola Davies and illustrated by Mark Heard

Oh these illustrations. This book is a treasure. The poetry is varied – many poems became my favourites. I tried to list them but kept changing my mind! A beautiful book to give, to have, to read.

 Outside Your Window Monday February 16th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

I also finished Girls Like Us by Gail Giles

I find myself strangely without words on this title. The pages are seeped in vulnerability for so many reasons. There are some hard and heartbreaking pages. It’s a quick read that follows you around for days. I can see why the Schneider committee selected this book. A YA read.

Girls like us Monday February 16th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Up next? I am reading The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds 

Updates on my 2015 Reading Goals:

2015 Chapter Book Challenge: 8/80 complete

Goodreads Challenge: 61/415 books read

#MustReadin2015: 5/24 complete

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 15/100 titles

Diverse Books in 2015: 5/50 books read

36 thoughts on “Monday February 16th, 2015

  1. I am so very curious about Girls Like Us. And you may have convinced me to look for Outside Your Window. I wish I did more work with poetry.
    My students and I love My Teacher is a Monster, too.

    • Outside Your Window will be full of inspiration! My students love listening to poetry. Sometimes we just listen to a poem and talk about our favourite lines or images. The savour factor.

  2. This link-up has my reading plan for 2015 going off in so many fun directions! I’ll be looking for Girls Like Us. You need to buy My Teacher is a Monster. 🙂 It’s a must have, as you know. We loved that book, and it brought us together in the fall.

  3. I brought The Boy In The Black Suit home to read this vacation, Carrie. Several of my students enjoyed it. I want to read Girls Like Us-seems important. I loved Outside Your Window, one to have and savor!

    • I wish I had more time to be reading it. I have a workshop I am preparing for and report cards looming. I am longing for a few stolen hours of just reading but afraid it might be a while . . .

  4. I am in love with Outside Your Window: A First Book Of Nature just because of the glorious cover. We have My Teacher is a Monster in the library. It is usually checked out! Girls like us sounds like a powerful read.

  5. I just ordered Boy in Black Suit! (Reading When I Was the Greatest right now and loving it.) I had to laugh at your no-book-buying logic. It’s about as successful as mine! I make these wonderful resolutions that I’m certain I can stick with, but then something happens and I MUST BUY. Curious Garden is also my fave Peter Brown. Toys in Space is so funny!

    • And see we also both love The Curious Garden – more book connections! 🙂 Yes, my no book buying works for about 5 minutes – sigh. Did you see my #celebratelu post this week? About the book cycle. Very cute.

  6. I want to read Boy in the Black Suit – I liked When I Was the Greatest. I am curious about Toys in Space. And you know that I loved Girls like Us. Can’t wait to chat.

  7. You hit the nail on the head about My Teacher is a Monster: it’s all about “opening yourself up to viewing someone in a new way.” Such an important message! I’m a huge fan of Philip C. Stead, so Sebastian and the Balloon is going on my list now, and the Mini Grey book looks like fun. Girls Like Us looks a little old for the kids I work with, but I’m intrigued by your comments.

  8. While Girls Like Us isn’t technically on my #mustreadin2015 list, it is definitely on it for sure. I appreciated your review. It seems incredibly compelling. Thank you for sharing!

  9. Love anything and everything by Philip Stead – this looks like a winner! Girls Like Us – this is a new title for me so I am definitely going to search this one out! Nicola Davies – sigh – I love her. I totally agree with you about the Monster book – I didn’t expect the tenderness.

  10. I read My Teacher is A Monster to my group of teacher-trainees and allied educators and they love it. Truly a play in perspective and an overall lovely read. I have to find Outside your Window – it does sound like something I’d enjoy. Will have to find Girls Like Us – I love narratives that are courageous in its vulnerability. 🙂

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