Monday February 23rd, 2015

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

I have been sharing a reading photo of the week each week. This one was taken during a sharing time about what we noticed about the characters in the picture books we had been reading. I love the focus and the attention!

Monday February 22nd, 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 am in the middle of report cards and was away for part of last week- hence, this post will be brief just sharing a few images of titles I read this week. I hope to have more to share next week when these reports are complete! My Saturday Celebration post highlights a little of my “busy” past week.

Something about a Bear by Jackie Morris

As always, the art . . . wow. Nonfiction title about various bears.

Something about a bear Monday February 22nd, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

In my Heart: A Book of Feelings written by Jo Witek and illustrated by Christine Roussey

The most special thing about this title? The cut out pages. Lovely exploration of feelings.

Monday February 22nd, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Perfect Man written by Troy Wilson and illustrated by Dean Griffiths 

All kinds of endearing.

Perfect Man Monday February 22nd, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

If: A Mind Bending Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers written by David J. Smith illustrated by Steve Adams

Some of these concepts will be beyond my students, some they will absolutely be able to grasp.

if . . . Monday February 22nd, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Up next? I continue to read The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds and then plan to start Arcady’s Goal by Eugene Yelchin

Updates on my 2015 Reading Goals:

2015 Chapter Book Challenge: 8/80 complete

Goodreads Challenge: 66/415 books read

#MustReadin2015: 5/24 complete

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 17/100 titles

Diverse Books in 2015: 5/50 books read

30 thoughts on “Monday February 23rd, 2015

  1. Of course I now want to get my hands on all these picture books… SIGH. I just finished When I Was the Greatest yesterday and had to force myself not to pick up The Boy in the Black Suit to start immediately. (I’m reading so many books right now–trying to focus this week on finishing some of them.) But I’m very eager to read Reynolds’s second novel. He’s one of my favorite writers right now. (I also really love the book of poetry he wrote illustrated with paintings by his friend Jason Griffin.) Good luck with those report cards! I need to catch up on grading this week too since I’ll be away next weekend (MEETING YOU!!!!) and midterm grades are due the following week.

    • Less than a week! So looking forward tot his weekend and trying frantically to plow through my reports. Had the students do self reflections today – they were so beautifully honest, made me teary! All of these picture books have a certain charm. Perfect Man was a very pleasant surprise.

  2. There is something about the cover of Something about a Bear, that just tugs at my heartstrings. I think I must get If: A Mind Bending Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers, for our library. it sounds like the kind of title that our teachers would want to use with their classes. Oh Heck, I should probably get all the titles on your list!

  3. I really want to read In my Heart and If! They look wonderful. The hearts on the In my Heart cover suck me in! I’ve heard good things about Reynolds’ book. I hope you enjoy it!

  4. I started The Boy In The Black Suit but have to wait until my other books & book group is finished. It started so well! What else can I say, Something About A Bear is simply wonderful. So glad you like it too, Carrie. If-a good one for a variety of ages. I know that some won’t work for you, but so glad to have a book that has concepts for my older students too.

  5. I was just reading about Jason Reynolds on Elisabeth’s blog. I’m going to have to check his work out. Such beautiful titles. I will need to take a trip to the library soon!

  6. Saw IF on Amazon just this morning…looks wonderful! Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. Hope you get through your report cards soon – they can be such a slog!

  7. As usual, you resurrect my Pinterest, dear Carrie with all these gorgeous titles. The Bears one caught my eye and held my heart. I MUST find it! 🙂 Lovelovelove the pictures of your students reading every week. Warms this old teacher’s heart. 😉

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