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.
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.
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.
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.
Big Red Kangaroo written by Claire Saxby and illustrated by Graham Byrne
I shared this book in my nonfiction post this week.
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 . . .
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.
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.
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.
Chicken Big by Keith Graves
Kids LOVE silly. This book is bursting with it.
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.
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.
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