Monday April 13th, 2015

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

I have been sharing a reading photo of the week each week. This picture makes me completely smile. This is one of our readers from the BLG law firm that visits with a new book each week. He is reading us Strongheart: The World’s First Movie Star Dog. I love that one listener couldn’t remain seated and stood next to him through the entire read aloud.

Monday April 13th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

This week it has to be two photos as it just gets cuter! My class so loves to be read to!

Monday April 13th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

This week I also shared details of some very special buddy reading we did when we had a K class visit us from another school.

Monday April 13th, 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 read a wide variety of picture books this week:

Gaston written by Kelly Dipucchio and illustrated by Christian Robinson

What makes family? Having your Dad’s blue eyes or feeling like you belong? This book lets us ask those important questions. There will also be some giggles and smirks along the way.

Gaston Monday April 13th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

The Way to the Zoo by John Burningham

I love all that John Burningham does! He captures vivid childhood imagination so very well.

The Way to the Zoo Monday April 13th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Strongheart The World’s First Movie Star Dog by Emily Arnold McCully

What an interesting story about a retired police dog that started acting in silent movies. We learned about Strongheart’s training, how he needed to be taught how to play and about his deep connections to his owners. My students were captivated.

Strongheart Monday April 13th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Coyote Run by Gaëtan Dorémus

Wild wordless about the wild west. Won’t be for everyone but should be experienced.

Coyote Run Monday April 13th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Sam’s Pet Temper written by Sangeeta Bhadra and illustrated by Marion Arbona

This book explores many aspects of anger and self control – some really quite well. Others, still not sure as I haven’t had a chance to “kid test” this book. Love how strategies of calming down are explored.

Sams Pet Temper Monday April 13th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Camp Rex by Molly Idle

This book made me nostalgic for story time with my own children – I can see this being a read it again and again title when they were small. Charming. Sweet. Silly.

Camp Rex Monday April 13th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

The Enemy by Davide Cali and Serge Bloch

I can see this book being used in a high school class and keeping conversation going for days. Not a book I would pick up and read without previewing with a primary class. Could intermediate classes manage this? Absolutely. There is much to talk about. It poses such large and important questions about war. Just who is the enemy?  What and whose purposes does war serve? How do we remember the humanity behind each soldier? Powerful.

Enemy Davide Cali Serge Bloch Monday April 13th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

In other reading:

Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon

I literally laughed out loud multiple times reading this book. It is absolutely silly and full of fantasy, imagination and “made-up-ish-ness” attached to many things. It is over the top at the same time as absolutely accurately portraying sibling dynamics, parent frustration and little child antics. Full of wonderful illustrations, this has ADORED written all over it.

Dory Monday April 13th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

 The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern

Whoa Maggie. What a girl you are. Voice bellows from the pages. What a family. So much that is challenging. Not much that is perfect. So very endearing.

The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern Monday April 13th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero

If you just read the poems in this book, I suspect it would garner its fair share of 5/5 ratings. But then there is Gabi and her story. Her story is everything. She is surrounded by issues via her family, her friends, her own experiences. Drug addiction. Teenage Pregnancy. Coming out. Family rejection. Teenage hormones. Teenage dreams. Grief. Angst. Passion. Gabi is . . . such an out there character -not out there as in extreme or strange but out there in terms of honest and real and relatable. Loved this novel for so many reasons. Highly recommended.

Gabi A girl in pieces Monday April 13th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Updates on my 2015 Reading Goals:

2015 Chapter Book Challenge: 18/80 complete

Goodreads Challenge: 145/415 books read

#MustReadin2015: 8/24 complete

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 30/100 titles

Diverse Books in 2015: 14/50 books read

Up next? I am about to begin Listen, Slowly by Thanhhà Lai

32 thoughts on “Monday April 13th, 2015

  1. Must read Gabi & Maggie-argh-so many good ones to enjoy! Your book Enemy appears to be what Amazon is calling the ‘older reader’ edition. There is one for younger too, different cover. Interesting. Thanks for the picture books, too, Carrie. I’ll look for Strongheart. What sweet pictures of your guest & your student!

  2. So glad you loved Maggie and Dory. I put Enemy on order to add to our Remembrance Day and critical literacy collection. I too love Gaston and John Burningham. It’s so much fun to introduce his work to new readers of any age.

  3. I cannot get enough of the pictures you post of your students. they make my heart melt!

    So is Gabi, a Girl in Pieces a novel in verse or is poetry only a part of the narrative? I’ve heard the audiobook is good but if it’s a novel in verse I will read it outright because I have this weird thing where I feel like I’m missing out on something visually important by not reading the poems on the page.

    • Poetry is just part of the book. Shared here and there through out. Very powerful poems. So you could do this as an audio. There is also a zine shared in the book though – so not sure how that would be done.

  4. Enemy sounds really fascinating, you always manage to introduce so many new books for me to look out for! I also really liked the sound of Maggie and Gabi, their covers grab me.

  5. Oh my goodness. Those pictures are FABULOUS. I love them! I really want to read Gabi. It has been on my list for awhile, but your review made me want to read it more. That always seems to happen when I come to this blog. 🙂

  6. I too noticed that you have a different cover than the copy of Enemy at my school library. I am so glad you loved Gabi. She is such an awesome character. 🙂

  7. The story of Gaston didn’t work for me in a big way, but I ADORE Christian Robinson’s work so much. One of my very favorite illustrators right now. What wonderful chapter books and novels you read this week! I LOVE Dory–my only NCTE regret this past year is that I didn’t come away with the ARC for the second book. I am very eager to read it. I laughed out loud several times too. Maggie is one that has stuck with me, and Gabi is one of my favorites of the year.

  8. Those pictures are simply precious. Readalouds are the best. I just borrowed a copy of Strongheart from the library. Can’t wait to sink my teeth into it. I’ve read so many great things about Gabi – alas it’s not available yet in our libraries. Probably late this year.

  9. Excited to read both Gabi and The Meaning of Maggie… thanks for the reminder. 🙂 Hooray for buddy reading, one of my favorite things that happens in the library, too cute to see the kids partnered up… 🙂

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