Monday June 8th, 2015

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

I have been sharing a reading photo of the week each week. This was taken during buddy reading with the K class. Don’t you just love how completely enthralled this little guy is in this story? Absolute focus. It helps that his buddy is an expressive, keen reader. Ah, book love shared!

Monday June 8th, 2015 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.


My reading this week included:

The Bear’s Sea Escape by Benjamin Chaud

Another adventure of the busy, bustling searching high and low kind. Papa Bear must find Little Bear who has again disappeared. This time, some of the searching happens on a tropical island. What fun!

The Bear's Sea Escape Monday June 8th, 2015 There's a Book for That

The Fly by by Petr Horáček

Highly amusing. The story of the highly misunderstood and under loved house fly.

The FLy Monday June 8th, 2015 There's a Book for That

A Nest is Noisy by Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long

I love all of these books by Aston and Long. This is particularly gorgeous and full of fantastic information about various nests. I loved the neighbourly nests.

A Nest is Noisy Monday June 8th, 2015 There's a Book for That

The Blue Whale by Jenni Desmond

I preordered this book based on its gorgeous cover and the buzz I was hearing about it being a beautiful book about whales and oceans and measurement and wow. And, wow! An incredible read aloud for children who love to be amazed by nature. I loved the illustration of the blue whale’s mouth with 50 people standing in its lower jaw! Hoping Jenni Desmond decides to do more books with a nonfiction flair. This is a must own.

The Blue Whale Monday June 8th, 2015 There's a Book for That

Lulu Belle and the Sea Turtle written by Belinda Murrell and illustrated by Serena Geddes

This is the second Lulu Belle that I have read and I am so impressed with this young chapter book series. Perfect for primary students to read independently or a fun read aloud for those little readers not quite able to read on their own. This title is about sea turtles, art shows, a family adventure and a small Australian Aboriginal community.

 Lulu Belle Monday June 8th, 2015 There's a Book for That

Son of a Gun by Anne de Graaf 

Whoa. A fast read. Haunting. Powerful. About civil war in Liberia and children who are kidnapped and forced to become soldiers. Based on interviews with former child soldiers. Lines in this book stopped me cold.

Son of a Gun Monday June 8th, 2015 There's a Book for That

Updates on my 2015 Reading Goals:

2015 Chapter Book Challenge: 28/80 complete

Goodreads Challenge: 211/415 books read

#MustReadin2015: 11/24 complete

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 46/100 titles

Diverse Books in 2015: 21/50 books read

Up next? I continue to read Love, Ruby Lavender by Deborah Wiles At school, my students and I are more than half way through Jack by Liesl Shurtliff

28 thoughts on “Monday June 8th, 2015

  1. Still need to find and read A Nest Is Noisy. Those books are wonderful. Also, The Blue Whale is on its way from the library, and thanks for the review of Son of A Gun. I know I will be interested, but those stories are so tragic. Thanks, Carrie!

  2. I like Dianna Hutts Aston but we don’t have all of her stuff. This one sounds like a perfect pair up with Nest by Jorey Hurley and Ward’s Mama Built a Little Nest. The VPL doesn’t have the Lulu Bell series. If you own a copy can I borrow it during the summer to preview?

  3. Bear’s Sea Escape and The Fly are new titles for me. LOVE the Blue Whale and know how much you love whale books! Son of a Gun looks very intense – would it be appropriate for Grade 7’s or more for older? I do a Lit Circle unit with Gr. 7’s using books that focus on children from war-torn or slavery so wondering if it would be a good addition. LOVE Dianna Hutts Aston – birds certainly seems to be a trending theme this year for books! Have you started your report cards????

    • I would preview Son of a Gun before you make your decision – it may be okay for Grade 7 – maybe a little older really borderline. It is an intense read and some incredible writing. May be better appreciated with older students. You will love The Fly for its voice so look for it! Report cards – yuck. Started but just.

  4. Thanks for sharing these titles Carrie. We will have to read Lulu Bell and the Sea Turtle. We are always looking for good read aloud so for K-2 classrooms. We can’t wait to read The Blue Whale – sounds amazing too

    • The Blue Whale really is amazing. Lots of fun for everyone and I do have a serious thing for whale titles! Lulu Belle is perfect for younger classroom read alouds.

  5. I thumbed through A Nest is Noisy when I bought it, but haven’t really read it yet. Now that summer is here I’ll get to it soon!
    The Lulu Bell series looks good, but I’m having trouble finding it since it’s not published here!

  6. I love that he is holding another book while listening to her read!
    Son of a Gun is such an amazing book! (I just realized that I did not review it when I read it! I need to reread and review!) I think it would be a great companion to Never Fall Down, Caminar, and A Long Walk to Water.
    I haven’t read any of the others–adding them to my TBR now!

    Happy reading this week! 🙂

    • I think I might have read Son of a Gun because you talked about it – somehow I ended up requesting it. I loved all of the picture books I read – hope you can get to them over the summer!

  7. As always you have multiple titles that intrigue me. Lulu and Son of a Gun are two that I will definitely be tracking down soon. Thanks for sharing so many great titles.

  8. Many titles here I haven’t heard of yet and of course need to add to the list. I LOVE the Aston-Long series. Such incredibly gorgeous books, beautifully written too. I am always looking for new chapter book series and am excited about Lulu Bell!

  9. I immediately added Son of a Gun to my multicultural reading list for a new course I am teaching this August. Great hearing about this. The new Benjamin Chaud book looks amazing, plus The Blue Whale! 🙂 Thanks for sharing all these treasures, dear Carrie.

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