It’s Monday! What are you reading?
I have been sharing a reading photo of the week each week. These are three of my girls pretending to be bored after they read I’m Bored and declared it “the best” and “Why haven’t you read this to us already?” I do try to read everything but every so often I miss something! Thankfully, I redeemed myself by putting this out on display.
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 surprised I got reading in this week as I have continued to be happily spending my weekends immersed in literature conferences, but I did find some time to read some fantastic books.
My favourite picture books of the week:
Surprise by Mies van Hout
So tender and sweet. Birds. Parenting, nurturing and loving. Love all of these bright on black illustrations. I have Happy and Friends and would love to add this to our collection.
Perfectly Percy by Paul Schmid
Porcupines and balloons do not mix. Until, a solution is figured out. And then, of course they do!
Naomi’s Tree by Joy Kogawa and illustrated by Ruth Ohi
Rich in B.C. (in fact Vancouver) history and family stories, this is a beautiful book about a special tree planted in a yard that represents home. This title tells a piece of the stories of Japanese Canadians during the war.
Inside this Book by Barney Saltzberg
Released next month, this title tickled the fancy of my many artists and writers in the room. Making books, books within books, child authored works . . . very appealing in my classroom!
The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie by Chris Van Allsburg
I was worried about this title. In fact, I had decided not to read it after reading many reviews. But, it came into our room with a guest reader and my students were quite engaged. It provoked lots of discussion and some amazing book reviews with thoughtful writing. I will be sharing these soon on our classroom blog.
In other reading . . .
The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds
My eye is now firmly on this author. Loved this book. What characters. So much grief and challenge but the humanity shines bright. Highly recommended.
How it Went Down by Kekla Magoon
A shooting of a young teenage boy. Is it racially motivated? Who is at fault? What is the truth? All important questions. More important though -the grieving and the moving on of a community and family impacted by the loss of one of their own. Powerful.
Up next? I have a huge pile of books coming with me on a week away with my family. First up? When I was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds and then We Were Here by Matt de la Peña and All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Updates on my 2015 Reading Goals:
2015 Chapter Book Challenge: 10/80 complete
Goodreads Challenge: 81/415 books read
#MustReadin2015: 5/24 complete
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 17/100 titles
Diverse Books in 2015: 11/50 books read