Monday April 27th, 2015

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

I have been sharing a reading photo of the week each week. I love the energy of the interactions and the reading that this photo highlights – another moment from buddy reading with the Ks. Books and children, they go together . . . 🙂

Monday April 27th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

And because I just can’t resist: Some Richard Scary love.

Monday April 27th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

If you didn’t get to read about our amazing visit with author/illustrator Calef Brown, read here.

Monday April 27th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

His fantastic new book of poetry is a must read, must share, must own: Hypnotize a Tiger: Fantastic Poems about just about Everything The pages are full of fascinating word play and delightful illustrations. Hard to pick a favourite here. Miriam, who works with me loves Lazy Head and the children are particularly fond of Pigeon Frogs. Today, I am very charmed by Interview with a Termite, but by tomorrow I might have a new favourite!

Hypnotize a Tiger Monday April 27th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for ThatJoin 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.


Some of my favourite titles from the week:

Winnie: The True Story of the Bear that Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh written by Sally M. Walker and illustrated by Jonathan D. Voss

My students wrote reviews of this book that I will be posting soon. We loved the story and the history. What a relationship between Winnie and Harry Colebourn! It is easily apparent why Winnie made her way into the stories of A.A. Milne for his son Christopher Robin. The real Winnie was a sweet little bear.

Winnie- The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh Monday April 27th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Unnatural Selections by Wallace Edwards

This book squeaks and speaks and hollers: Art project! Ahem . . . art inspiration! What fun!

Unnatural Selections  Monday April 27th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

The Stick by Clay Rice

These woodcut images are incredible. I like the story’s theme of imagination but this is not a book I would rave about or necessarily choose for my classroom collection. Potential but just not quite there . . . Yet the images stay with me.

stick Monday April 27th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Vampirina Ballerina by Anne Marie Pace and illustrated by Leuyen Pham

How I love the illustrations by Leuyen Pham! This is a fun little story perfectly suited to little dancers. Can Vampirina stay focussed on her dancing and resist turning into a bat?

 Vamperina Ballerina Monday April 27th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Josephine written by Patricia Hruby Powell and illustrated by Christian Robinson 

Such a detailed, poetic biography of Josephine Baker. The colours, the illustration, the use of language – all things make for an incredible middle grade picture book biography.

Josephine Monday April 27th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby 

There is reason for all of the raving about this YA title. The characters are so very unique – different, mysterious but so very appealing. The story is full of intrigue, suspense, mystery and magic. It is haunting and sad yet full of hope and transformation. It is one of those books that must be experienced and the less you read about it in advance, the better because each surprise, each “around the corner” is so delicious. So I will stop here. Except to nudge you . . . go, read this book.

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby Monday April 27th, 2015 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Up next? I am devouring The Truth about Twinkie Pie by Kat Yeh (and not because it makes one hungry). My class just finished Each Little Bird that Sings by Deborah Wiles (which I would recommend over and over and over as a beautiful read and even better read aloud) so we are up for a new read. Happy to announce that it will be Jack by Liesl Shurliff. We read Rump last year and kids are over the moon that we get to share another book by Liesl together!

Updates on my 2015 Reading Goals:

2015 Chapter Book Challenge: 20/80 complete

Goodreads Challenge: 165/415 books read

#MustReadin2015: 9/24 complete

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 36/100 titles

Diverse Books in 2015: 18/50 books read

41 thoughts on “Monday April 27th, 2015

  1. I have to read Winnie even though it’s a picture book. Looks like such fun. I loved the cover of Twinkie Pie, but am tired of books that are so depressing! So many people have posted about Bone Gap that I may have to pick that one up, too!

  2. Need to get Jack & Bone Gap, both are definitely on my list, Carrie. Thanks for all, loved the Calef Brown post earlier, will look for Unnatural Selections for sure-sounds terrific.

  3. Great books Carrie! I need to have Hypnotize a Tiger, and I’ve got Twinkie Pie sitting here next to me from the library so will have to read that this week. AND Bone Gap!! Must read it this week! Thanks as always for sharing your book love. 🙂

    • I look forward to sharing impressions of Twinkie Pie I can’t wait to get back to reading it tonight! Such voice in these characters already. And the recipes described . . . out of another time! Some nostalgic feelings they inspire . . .

  4. Now I need the Calef Brown book! Josephine was one of my favorite books last year. I thought Christian Robinson’s art was absolutely brilliant and was disappointed it didn’t receive more awards this year. Of course I also loved all of the books that were honored. The cover of Unnatural Selections is so intriguing! I’m sensing a visit to Amazon in my very near future….

    • Calef Brown is a lot of fun. His art is so interesting and accessible for kids! And I love all of the silly word play 🙂 Agree with you about Robinson. Such amazing illustrations.

  5. I adore the cover of Hypnotize a Tiger: Fantastic Poems about just about Everything, and enjoyed reading your post about Calef Brown’s visit earlier this week. I agree with everything you have said about Bone Gap – one of the best books I’ve read so far this year. Each Little Bird that Sings is such a fantastic book! While we were in Bellingham last weekend I picked up a copy of The Aurora County All-Stars, which is connected to that one and Love, Ruby Lavender. Happy reading!

    • A Deborah Wiles title I don’t know? I might have to borrow it from you – see that the public library doesn’t have it 😦 Calef Brown books are great additions to the poetry section! So much fun.

      • We don’t have it in our school system either. I’ve had to send it down to the board to be catalogued. Waiting is so very hard.

  6. Bone Gap sounds amazing. I am hearing a lot of good things about Winnie so am excited to get my hands on it. Isn’t there another PB book about Winnie the Pooh? Or am I thinking of a movie? I’m still on Sweden time and am in a bit of a fog!

  7. I can’t wait to read the Winnie the Pooh book – So many kids are going to love it. Bone Gap is definitely on my summer reading list. Everyone was tweeting about it during #titletalk last night.
    Thanks for all of the recommendations

    • Yes, for good reason! Such an interesting and beautifully written book (Bone Gap) Winnie is lovely – my students loved the history and all of the photos in the end pages.

  8. I’m hoping to get to Jack next week too! I’ve heard good and eh things about Bone Gap. I have it, and I usually agree with you, so I have high hopes 🙂 Love love love Twinkie Pie!

  9. I love Richard Scary, but had forgotten about him!!! I need to get some for Trent!
    I’m glad you like Josephine. I loved learning about her!
    Bone Gap is everywhere! I guess I need to get on it 🙂

    Happy reading this week!

  10. There is a reason I can’t visit here too often–I lose money each time! But I walk away richer in intelligence. 🙂 That’s what I tell my husband anyway. Off to get that book of poems, and maybe a few others.

  11. Bone Gap sounds like a must-read! I do hope we get a copy soon here in Singapore. 🙂 I pinned Hypnotize a Tiger – we need more poetry for children!! 🙂

  12. Thanks for the usual awesome line up! I just requested Hypnotize a Tiger 🙂 Can’t wait to read it and view it!

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