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. Here is a moment during Reading Workshop where quiet reading had to be interrupted for some choral reading together!
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.
I missed last week because we were away on holiday so this post includes two weeks of reading. I will try to be brief!
On the blog:
For Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Favourite Fairy Tale Retellings
A collection of picture books featuring whales and details of my gray whale sighting!
My classroom library: Beyond the books, 10 important features
A celebration in photos of our time away
Sunday Reflections: Goals for my Readers
Books I read and loved:
Sonya’s Chickens by Phoebe Wahl
This title was waiting for me in my mailbox when I arrived home from my trip. Thank you Tundra Books! I had a hard time getting past the cover – isn’t it gorgeous? And then I looked under the book jacket – the book jacket is 2 sided. There was some swooning and dancing before I could sit down and read this book. Once I read it, I missed my class! This book will be a title I share in the first week of school when I still have my class from last year. I can’t wait to see how those students respond. Sonya is raising chickens and takes her job ever so seriously. Not only does she care for these chickens, she adores them. One night, there is a lot of noise out in the coop and Sonya needs her parent’s guidance to navigate what has happened. A story about nature, responsibility and hope.
Ninja! by Arree Chung
This book is full of cheeky energy! Would be very fun to read aloud to a young group of listeners.
Crankenstein written by Samantha Berger and illustrated by Dan Santat
Hmm. . . I think there are some mornings when Crankenstein lives at my house. I won’t say who in my family seems to disappear when he arrives. But let’s just say I have met this character!
The New Small Person by Lauren Child
A sweet and honest little story about adjusting to a new sibling.
Hug Me by Simona Ciraolo
Loved the illustrations and that the main character in need of a hug was a cactus! Think this would prompt lots of discussions about not making assumptions. Very cute.
The Grasshopper & the Ants by Jerry Pinkney
A gorgeously illustrated rendition of the popular fable – with a bit of a musical twist.
Sona and the Wedding Game written by Kashmira Sheth and illustrated by Yoshiko Jaeggi
I learned so much about Hindu wedding ceremonies! This book was pure delight.
Ruby on the Outside by Nora Raleigh Baskin
A different kind of grieving – for a way family might have been. A story of courage and secrets and friendship. Would make a wonderful book club title.
Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg
I read this in one sitting while we were away on holiday. I got completely caught up with the characters. So much vulnerability, I worried about everyone. a beautiful book about relationships, honesty and living your truth.
None of the Above by I.W. Gregario
What an important YA title about a character who is intersex – something she does not discover until she is eighteen years old. Author I.W. Gregario is a practicing surgeon as well as an author so the medical aspects of the book are well explained. But this is more than a scientific read – it is very much a story of a girl who must come to terms with ignorant reactions from her peers and her own developing understanding of who she is. How can something physical define so much? Does it?
George by Alex Gino
I picked this up at my local public library in the ARC section. How much do I love that this is a middle grade novel? It is a book I would love to have in my classroom library if I was teaching grade 4 again. What I know to be true – reading about experiences and differences removes ridiculous stereotypes and confusion and cruelty stemming from simple ignorance. Books like this allow children to read about a transgendered child and be able to get some of their questions answered. For a transgendered child, well, wow this book would mean everything. Also, I must celebrate these characters. Of course George is wonderful – she is open and honest and real. Also loved her brother and best friend. And the principal! Fantastic read. Look for it from Scholastic later this month.
A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord
A group of us has a twitter chat coming up this Wednesday to talk about this book. I can’t wait! For now, I will say this. I teared up three times reading it. Cynthia Lord, what a writer!
Updates on my 2015 Reading Goals:
2015 Chapter Book Challenge: 45/80 complete
Goodreads Challenge: 275/415 books read
#MustReadin2015: 15/24 complete
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 52/100 titles
Diverse Books in 2015: 31/50 books read
Up next? My children and I are reading Mark of a Thief by Jennifer A. Nielsen and I am reading (finally, I know, I know) Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
These are great! I enjoyed reading your post and checking out your blog!
You read a huge amount this week. So many look so good. Come see my reading week here if you get a chance. Happy reading!
It was 2 weeks of reading so it looks a little more impressive!
I’ve been keeping up with your goodreads and saw your crazy reading lately! So glad you had some vacation time to get caught up on some reading. I’ll be reading Handful of Stars soon. Not much time left 🙂
That’s what vacations are for! I read Handful of Stars yesterday morning when I woke up early. It is a beautiful book.
Holy Smokes! That is a lot of reading you have been doing! Ruby on the Outside jumped out at me because I love Nora Raleigh Baskin. I’ve been planning on getting George for the library. I think sometimes Crankenstein is me…..
I am thrilled you will put George into the Dickens library! It should be in every school library! Ruby on the Outside is wonderful.
I am SOO glad to hear that George is a middle grades title! I’ve been wanted to get some great diverse books featuring LGBTQ characters in our classroom library this year but haven’t seen anything that is clearly for the 3-6 crowd. Great list!
George is exactly what you are looking for! I was thrilled to find it!
Loved Mark of the Thief, but I used to be a Latin teacher! Saw your comment about Circus Mirandus, and am glad I’m not alone in my opinion. My students will not touch creepy circus books!
I do want to try to get this title read but it didn’t work for me the first time . . . A Latin teacher! I can imagine that this would be appealing.
I’m with you on the cover on Sonya’s Chickens. So beautiful! I need to read that one soon! But it’s not out yet until tomorrow in the U.S. so I will have to wait very impatiently until my library gets a copy.
Hug Me looks absolutely adorable. I just requested it from my library.
Hug Me has an undeniable charm. Sonya’s Chickens is so rich and lush in colour, I almost felt like I could reach in and touch the trees and leaves.
I am very eager to read None of the Above–really fascinating and important subject matter and getting rave reviews. I’m also excited about George–this is a new-to-me title and one I need to read and book talk. I practically read Openly Straight in one sitting too–such a page-turner. I knew that was a Jerry Pinkney title just glancing at the cover. Such a strong perspective and “voice” as an illustrator. I loved Handful of Stars. Cynthia Lord is one of those authors whose books always, always do it for me.
I read fantastic novels in this last two weeks. I highly, highly recommend them all! None of the Above is so great – can’t wait to hear your thoughts!
I am so glad you loved Openly Straight!!! It was a Walden Award finalist my year 🙂
I so look forward to reading George and None of the Above–such important books!
Thank you as always for sharing amazing picture books! Love having you as part of my reading community.
Happy reading this week! 🙂
Many of my recent novel reads are inspired by you and Ricki so right back at you!! Are you following #pb10for10?
I love that the library has an ARC section. Hug Me was cute. And Phoebe Wahl is coming to our store this Saturday. Can’t wait to read her book.
How wonderful that you will meet Phoebe Wahl – her book is so lovely.
I just read a new non-fiction picture book and thought of you immediately. Perhaps you’ve already read it? In my haste, I couldn’t find a recent non-fiction blog. (Not true. I found the whales and the water.) Have you seen Out of the Woods by Rebecca Bond? It’s the true story of an out of control wildfire as seen through the eyes of her grandfather as a five-year-old in Gowganda, Ontario. Lots of child-size detail. It’s timely in more ways than one.
Thank you for the recommendation Gail! I don’t know this book but I will absolutely look for it! Very timely, indeed.