Monday June 15th, 2015

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

I have been sharing a reading photo of the week each week. This week I had a LOT of amazing reading related photos. I managed to narrow it down to these two.

Here are some of my boys during Reading Workshop. I love their focus. I love the little community they formed for this morning of reading. I love that they just read and read and read.

 Monday June 15th, 2015 There's a Book for That

This photo is about a little bit of Ballet Cat love. I shared Ballet Cat by Bob Shea with my class. During buddy reading, one of my students read it to Ms. Ishihara. She shared it with her K class and had them go outside and draw ballet cat in chalk. After school, two girls showed me their drawings. I asked if I could take their picture. “Yes!” they agreed. Then, they lay down beside their art, “We’re dancing with her,” they explained! Can’t possibly get more charming than this!

 Monday June 15th, 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.


Report cards are due this week and so I have read less (because of the writing) and blogged more (because I would rather be writing what I want) so I am sharing some recent posts and only a few books.

This week I shared a collection of beautiful nonfiction titles perfect for the family bookshelf. Gifting books? Choose one of these

Nonfiction Picture Books- Grow a beginning collection

nonfiction picture books Grow a collection

I also participated in Top Ten Tuesday for the very first time and shared a list of books I am happily anticipating in the rest of 2015.

And we all know book love – we fall into it often. But here is some wonderful pre-book love shared in my classroom for Josh Funk‘s first picture book: Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast

Celebration: Predictions, Book Love and Syrup

Lady Pancake Cover Image (2)

The books I read this week:

The Story of Life: A First Book about Evolution by Catherine Barr and Steve Williams, illustrated by Amy Husband

I just read Island: A Story of the Galápagos by Jason Chin to my class to introduce the concept of evolution. Many children were enthralled. I would happily book talk this title and let them carefully examine all of the details  amongst themselves. Fun illustrations and lots of information.

The Story of Life- A First Book about evolution  Monday June 15th, 2015 There's a Book for That

The Secret Life of Squirrels by Nancy Rose

I really don’t like squirrels. I appreciate how complex the photography was for this book. But I really don’t like squirrels. The amusing was lost on me as I was just irritated by the thought of squirrels running up the side of my house, raiding my bird feeders, etc.

The Secret Life of Squirrels  Monday June 15th, 2015 There's a Book for That

You are (Not) Small by Anna Kang and illustrated by Christopher Weyant

A simple little title with huge humour. Absolutely brilliant. I don’t want to give anything away but I do highly recommend picking up this book if you haven’t read it.

 You are not Small  Monday June 15th, 2015 There's a Book for That

Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke 

I am falling more and more for this author. Just a delightful young chapter book. Perfect for new chapter book readers or a classroom read aloud in primary. This title has so much going for it that it beautifully unique – set in Africa, full of family celebrations and each chapter is a tiny story.

Anna Hibiscus  Monday June 15th, 2015 There's a Book for That

Love, Ruby Lavender by Deborah Wiles

Grandmothers and granddaughters, small town charm, chickens and Deborah Wiles. Oh did I love this one.

Love, Ruby Lavender  Monday June 15th, 2015 There's a Book for That

Updates on my 2015 Reading Goals:

2015 Chapter Book Challenge: 29/80 complete

Goodreads Challenge: 216/415 books read

#MustReadin2015: 11/24 complete

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 46/100 titles

Diverse Books in 2015: 22/50 books read

Up next? I am reading Call Me By My Name by John Ed Bradley

24 thoughts on “Monday June 15th, 2015

  1. Guess I will need to find Love, Ruby Lavendar if it’s about grandmothers and granddaughters, Carrie! I’ve enjoyed a few other Wiles’ books, too. I love those pictures of your students; they are in love with books, you can tell! Thanks for sharing those each week.

  2. Ha! I don’t have anything against squirrels per se, but I thought The Secret Life of Squirrels was trying to fit the squirrels’ actions into some sort of storyline, but was done so in a very forced way. I did not care for it at all.

  3. Yours is the second positive review I’ve seen of You Are (Not) Small. I think I’m going to try and get my hands on that one! Though you were reviewing a different book, I got all excited when I saw Jason Chin’s name– off to add Island: A Story of the Galápagos to my “to read” list! Thanks for the good suggestions. Have a great week, Carrie!

  4. I’m going to have to get the evolution book. It will no doubt be controversial in my classroom because, yes, I teach in an area where we still haven’t all accepted evolution. SIGH. I adore the Ballet Cat drawings. I am simply crazy about that book and glad to see that others have just as much love!

  5. Love Ruby Lavender and Each Little Bird that Sings are the books that turned me into a Deborah Wiles FAN. I’ve managed to track down The Aurora County All-Stars, the third in that trilogy, but had to send it down to the board for cataloguing. I still haven’t got it back and was hoping to get to it this summer. If it comes before the end of the year, I will loan it to you. I can’t wait to get hold of The Story of Life: A First Book about Evolution.
    PS. you forgot to mention the worst thing about squirrels: they gnaw holes in your roof!

    • I can’t mention that worst thing about squirrels as it makes my blood boil! I would love to read the next Wiles title in this trilogy! So whenever it’s ready I would love to borrow it. I too love Deborah Wiles!

  6. I just picked up Anna Hibiscus to read for my first book this summer. Now I’m excited! I will definitely read Ruby Lavender as well. Thanks!

  7. The Story of Life looks absolutely great. 🙂
    Love Ruby Lavender sounds like a book that would have been a great addition to our grey and golden reading theme which we have just concluded.

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