Monday April 20th, 2015

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

I have been sharing a reading photo of the week each week. This one captures a particularly sweet moment. One of my students and Miriam (who works with me) got to witness one of our little K buddies showcase her beginning reading skills. Wow, did she work hard to read this book aloud. It was precious to watch!

 Monday April 20th, 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.


Lots of interesting titles this week. My favourites included:

Wandering Whale Sharks by Susumu Shingu

Absolutely stunning illustrations. Lyrical text describing details of the largest fish in the ocean.

Wandering Whale Sharks  Monday April 20th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Wild Ideas: Let Nature Inspire Your Thinking written by Elin Kelsey and illustrated by Soyeon Kim

This book is magical. The illustrations have inspired an art project that my students are in the middle of . . . And the text suggests all kinds of connections between ours and the animal world. Prompted discussion about perseverance, creativity and inspiration.

Wild Ideas  Monday April 20th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Goodnight Already! written by Jory John and illustrated by Benji Davies

Lots of silly and full out charm. Both of these characters – bear and duck will amuse any little (or big) reader. The Kindergarten class brought this up to me with big recommendations! Their teacher had had to read it aloud multiple times.

Goodnight Already  Monday April 20th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak

I took this out from the library and am thinking I need to bring it into my classroom to actually try it. I’ve heard great things about its read aloud effect.

The Book with No Pictures  Monday April 20th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

I Know Here written by Laurel Croza and illustrated by Matt James

A beautiful book about place and home.

i know here  Monday April 20th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Little Humans by Brandon Stanton

Each of these children has personality leaping off the page.

Little Humans  Monday April 20th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Smelly Louie by Catherine Rayner

I have a real soft spot for Rayner’s loose lines and smudgy images. Louie loses his “smell” in a bath and goes in search of some deliciously stinky places to find it again.

Smelly Louie Monday April 20th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Listen, Slowly by Thanhhà Lai

I can already say with quite a bit of confidence that this will make my favourites of 2015 list. I adored the relationships in this story – between Mai and her grandmother, Mai and her family in Vietnam, many of the characters and their grief and cultural connections. A powerful story about the pull of home, the strength of family, the importance of culture and the complexities of personal and family histories. Highly recommended.

Listen, Slowly  Monday April 20th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

As a family, we also finished Doll Bones by Holly Black on audio. This was a second “read” for me and so enjoyable to listen to! Cheriee, if you are reading this, you can do it! We have faith.

Updates on my 2015 Reading Goals:

2015 Chapter Book Challenge: 19/80 complete

Goodreads Challenge: 157/415 books read

#MustReadin2015: 8/24 complete

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 33/100 titles

Diverse Books in 2015: 17/50 books read

Up next? I am about to begin  Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

28 thoughts on “Monday April 20th, 2015

  1. The Wild Ideas does look fabulous, Carrie. I’ll find it & Smelly Louie-what a funny idea. The illustrations do look wonderful. I need to read Listen, Slowly, but it probably won’t be soon. Just too many others on my stack. Thanks for all your good books!

  2. So glad you read Listen, Slowly. It’s in my top three for 2015! I will check out Wild Ideas and Wandering Whale Sharks for our 2nd grade PBL on whales! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Listen, Slowly is absolutely one of my favorites of the year too! As for The Book with No Pictures … it is a priceless read aloud experience. Be sure to leave plenty of time for the kids to read it to each other too. It made lots and lots of rounds with my third graders.

  4. Of course I’m reading this Carrie. I think I would need to hold someone’s hand while I listen to try it again. The Book with No Pictures is fun to read out loud, but you have to be prepared to sing in public and make a fool of yourself.
    Listen, Slowly is on my list. I loved Inside Out and Back Again by her.

  5. Currently reading Listen Slowly and loving it. I Know Here is a favorite and a wonderful mentor text for place! As usual, I’m off to request some titles that are new for me.

  6. Boo boo butt always goes over very well with the kids 🙂
    I’m so glad you loved Listen, Slowly. I thought of you after I finished it. I absolutely wanted to hug that book when I was done! I loved Mai’s journey. She was the right amount of snarky teenager and the right amount of being humbled by grandma!

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