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. I love this photo of these three girls so engaged writing about their Mock Caldecott choices.
From the classroom 2014/2015 archives:
I also have to share this group of books. My daughter is a reading buddy this summer, working with an eight year old girl. She came into my classroom library and selected some books to read with her buddy. Great taste don’t you think?
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:
Top Ten Titles that Celebrate Diversity for Top Ten Tuesday
For Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday: Water Connects us All: titles on a water theme.
Sunday Reflections: Ten Things I will do again this school year
Books I read and loved:
Dory and the Real True Friend by Abby Hanlon
I am completely enamoured with Dory. I kind of want her to come to life so that I can teach her. I love her spunk, her wild imagination and her observations about the world. This title is just as much fun as the first Dory book. Both titles will be in my classroom library this fall.
Squishy McFluff Meets Mad Nana Dot written by Pip Jones and illustrated by Ella Okstad
I don’t always like rhyming text but Pip Jones makes it work in these Squichy McFluff titles about little Ava and her “invisible” cat. Nana Dot gets a pretty smashing hairstyle in this title!
George in the Dark by Madeline Valentine
So many children are so very afraid of the dark. This title captures how this fear plays itself out in the dark, trying to go to sleep time.
Banjo and Ruby Red written by Libby Gleeson and illustrated by Freya Blackwood
I love this story telling team from Australia. This is a tender story of friendship and compassion between farmyard animals.
Phoebe and her Unicorn by Dana Simpson
A Heavenly Nostrils Chronicle. Seriously? That should tell you everything about how wonderfully off the wall this graphic novel happens to be. Clever, witty and many shades of absurd. Love it!
A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
Completely engaging, I read this before getting out of bed Sunday morning. Two stories interweave in these pages. Salva’s story of walking from war, from family and from all that he knows and finally coming to America. And Nya’s daily walk for water, a tedious and exhausting walk that she and her family depend on.
Updates on my 2015 Reading Goals:
2015 Chapter Book Challenge: 40/80 complete
Goodreads Challenge: 263/415 books read
#MustReadin2015: 15/24 complete
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 52/100 titles
Diverse Books in 2015: 28/50 books read
Up next? I am still reading Black Dove White Raven by Elizabeth Wein as I was reading multiple novels at the same time. It is absolutely an incredible read. I find myself putting it down for a few days and reading something else just to let it all sink in. This is my book stack for my time away. Always, I bring more books than I will have time to read because you just never know . . .
Happy Reading everyone! See you in two weeks