It’s Monday! What are you reading?
I have been sharing a reading photo of the week each week. Now that it is summer, I am not surrounded every day with little readers so . . . I am choosing moments from the year not previously shared. “We love reading together,” these reading buddies announced with an ultimate squishy face hug and a huge book stack. How we love when the Kindergarten buddies come to read with us.
From the classroom 2014/2015 archives:
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.
On the blog this week:
For Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday: A Year of Nonfiction Picture Books Revisited
A little bit of picture book dreaming: Picture Book Wishlist: July 2015
Sunday Morning Perspective: Reflections on the power of classroom community
Lots of reading happened too. Sharing my favourite titles here:
Mo and Beau by Vanya Nastanlieva
Adorable. Simple repetitive language leaves lots of room for observation. Perfect for little ones.
No More Kisses for Bernard! by Niki Daly
A great title to explore talking about personal boundaries. Bernard has four aunties that are much too kissy. How is his “No more kisses!” request respected? Quite creatively.
Nonfiction picture books:
Sweep up the Sun by Helen Frost and Rick Lieder
Beautiful pairing of incredible close up photos and perfectly matched poetry.
Whale Trails, Before and Now written by Lesa Cline-Ransome and illustrated by G. Brian Karas
Documents the history of the whaling industry and contrasts it to current whale watching practices.
I’m Trying to Love Spiders by Bethany Barton
Lots of humour. Spider facts. Some arachnid squashing. All in a genuine quest for spider love.
Transitional chapter books:
The Adventures of Sophie Mouse: A New Friend written by Poppy Green and illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell
Sweet early chapter title. Themes of friendship and community.
The Princess in Black is written by Shannon and Dean Hale and illustrated by LeUyen Pham
Princess Magnolia leads a double life! She ditches her frilly pink dresses to don her Princess in Black disguise and act as a kind of super hero in the kingdom. What fun!
The Great Good Summer by Liz Garton Scanlon
Many things I appreciated about this middle grade novel. It is so wonderfully character driven but still many things happen. Strong friendships. Family loyalty. Persistence. Courage. Forgiveness. Just plain lovely.
Updates on my 2015 Reading Goals:
2015 Chapter Book Challenge: 38/80 complete
Goodreads Challenge: 255/415 books read
#MustReadin2015: 15/24 complete
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 52/100 titles
Diverse Books in 2015: 26/50 books read
Up next? I am reading the very clever Phoebe and her Unicorn by Dana Simpson and Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein
Happy Reading everyone!