Monday April 6th, 2015

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

I have been sharing a reading photo of the week each week. This is buddy reading at its best. Kids everywhere. Engaged. Reading. Talking. Laughing. Did I say engaged? Because, really, that’s what it’s all about.

 Monday April 6th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

I also shared an emotional Celebration post this week. All about how very much I have loved having my current class for (for many of them) a third year. There is much to be said for teaching children over multiple years.

 Celebration post

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.


The picture books I loved this week:

Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson and Sydney Smith

Wordless perfection. I love everything about this book. And I own it. I pick it up everyday and swoon.

sidewalk flowers  Monday April 6th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah written by Ann Thompson and illustrated by Sean Qualls

A fantastic nonfiction picture book biography. True inspiration.

Emmanuel's Dream- The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah  Monday April 6th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Big Red Kangaroo written by Claire Saxby and illustrated by Graham Byrne

I shared this book in my nonfiction post this week.

big red kangaroo  Monday April 6th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

My Pen by Christopher Myers 

I left this at the bookstore but haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. I always say there is power in the pencil (or pen, or marker, etc) – this book celebrates the creativity on the page. But on the page is so much more. I know this book will soon become part of my collection. I want to share it with each group of children I teach for forever . . .

My Pen  Monday April 6th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

I Wish You More written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld 

I want any of these wishes to be true. Lovely, lovely, lovely.

I Wish You More  Monday April 6th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

See You Next Year written by Andrew Larsen and illustrated by Todd Stewart

The illustrations are beautiful – such magic in the way light is shown. Nostalgia, memory inducing book. Power in the “same every year” summer vacation.

See You Next Year  Monday April 6th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

The Cardinal and the Crow by Michael Moniz

The message? Pride and foolishness go hand in hand. Inspired by Aesop’s fables. For bird lovers, the illustrations are divine.

The Cardinal and the Crow  Monday April 6th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Chicken Big by Keith Graves

Kids LOVE silly. This book is bursting with it.

Chicken Big  Monday April 6th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

NonRandom Acts of Kindness (Life of Ty #2) by Lauren Myracle

I am so excited that this young chapter book exists. I started with #2 but will be finding number one and adding both to my classroom collection. Ty is believable, the story line is relevant and I liked the friendship/family dynamics explored.

NonRandom Acts of Kindness (Life of Ty #2)  Monday April 6th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

We Were Here by Matt de la Peña (YA)

Where to begin? These characters, sigh. I feel like I could go for a walk and I might find them standing on a corner, watching people go by. I would want to run up and talk about courage and honesty and deep morals and true loyalty. I would want to buy them a sandwich. I would want to know that their worlds are all going to be okay. I’m hopeful. Which doesn’t really tell you anything about this book. I will say this, I am fast becoming a de la Peña fan. If you haven’t read any of his books, start here. Soon.

We Wre Here  Monday April 6th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Updates on my 2015 Reading Goals:

2015 Chapter Book Challenge: 16/80 complete

Goodreads Challenge: 134/415 books read

#MustReadin2015: 7/24 complete

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 29/100 titles

Diverse Books in 2015: 13/50 books read

Up next? I am almost finished The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern And then it is to Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero 

27 thoughts on “Monday April 6th, 2015

  1. I will return to put more titles on my list. I just ordered My Pen, know I will love it, & especially will look for See You Next Year, & We Were Here. Both sound just wonderful, Carrie. Have a great week!

  2. I just picked up Sidewalk Flowers and See You Next Year from the library!
    I have We Were Here – it’s on my never ending bookshelf of TBR books! I’ve heard so many great things about his books, I’m looking forward to reading one. I’ve read Market Street (which I loved).
    Happy Monday!

    • I think We Were Here is a great title to start with. My husband and I met Matt at a Literacy Conference this spring. We purchased a number of his novels and are now reading them – then they go into the school library where my husband teaches.

  3. Oh wow Carrie–I want every book on your list! Love Sidewalk Flowers and Emmanuel’s Dream. And I’m always looking for great bird books! Cardinal and Crow looks great. And I must have I Wish You More and See you Next Year. And Matt de la Pena–sigh!

    • We are reading lots of Matt’s books in our house right now! See You Next Year has a lovely feel. I like Andrew Larsen’s books a lot – In the Treehouse is another favourite of mine.

    • It is a really wonderful little early chapter book – I like that it is realistic fiction and funny but not all our silly humour that kids might like but the adults that might be reading with them don’t! Lots to like with this series.

  4. Oh Carrie, I’m so excited about the Non-Random Acts of Kindness title and series. Finding enough real books (as in books with substance) for those on their way readers is one of my biggest challenges. I love Lauren Myracle’s work and have gone and put a hold on the first two of these series. I expect to add them to my shopping cart. And of course I now want to read all these picture books!

    • Yes – I was also thrilled to find this series. I ordered the first in the series and I think the third is coming out this fall? I did have a little bit of picture book heaven this week! B and I hung out in a book store for a while so I did some reading and . . . shopping!

  5. Sidewalk Flowers is so amazing. I want to get to Emanuel’s Dream. I ordered My Pen this week. the rest sound like some titles I will need to find also. I’m with you on becoming a Matt de la Peña fan. 🙂

  6. Your Monday posts never cease to amaze me. First you start with such great photos of your classroom and students then we move into your amazing lists each week. You are such an inspiration. As you have never steered me wrong, I ordered a few of these from the library. I also will make sure to to add Life of Ty to my early reader chapter book TBR that I am going to tackle this summer.

    Happy reading this week! 🙂

    • Thanks so much Kellee! I think this Ty series is a perfect addition to that TBR pile you plan to get to this summer. I remember recommending other titles to you via twitter. I love sharing photos of my classroom each week – my theory is that I am such a reader because, yes, I love literature but also I want to share with my students and so . . . I like to share the results of that sharing here.

  7. Matt de la Peña is one of my favorite authors of all time. He is magnificent in every way. Your review made me so very happy. He is one of the few authors that is a guaranteed pre-order for me. 🙂 Thanks for making me smile.

  8. Oh wow, what a beautiful description of Matt De La Pena’s writing – I will definitely pick up a copy of his novels very soon. I’ve been seeing Sidewalk Flowers featured by so many book lovers that I really am intrigued – it sounds like my kind of book. And My Pen!!! 🙂 So many lovely picturebooks! 🙂

  9. I can understand why My Pen will need to make its way into your collection. It’s one I’m still thinking about too and looking forward to sharing in my Children’s Lit class this week. I will probably buy Sidewalk Flowers and I Wish You More this week. I stalled out early on in The Living by Matt de la Pena and need to get back to it and finish.

    • The Living is very different from Matt de la Peña’s other work as it has the whole thriller thing going on. Maybe start with a different title. Sidewalk Flowers is a must own I am afraid.

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