Monday August 24th, 2015

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 sweet little peek into a buddy reading partnership.

From the classroom 2014/2015 archives:

Monday August 24th, 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.


Less blogging and less reading this week. I was very busy working in my classroom library. I am hoping to share a few details in an upcoming post or two.

On the blog:

For Top Ten Tuesday: Ten plus Ten equals Twenty Auto-Buy Illustrators 

A Celebration post about clearing out paper from my classroom!

Books I read and loved:

Taan’s Moon A Haida Moon Story by Alison Gear with felt illustrations by Kiki van der Heiden with the children of Haida Gwaii

Such a beautiful book that is a wonderfully collaborative effort. Read here for more information about the process. In the Haida language Taan means bear. This is a story of Taan’s experience of the seasons. Just so lovely.

Taan's Moon Monday August 24th, 2015 There's a Book for That

A Bird Is a Bird by Lizzy Rockwell

The perfect nonfiction picture book for a story time with little ones or as a reference title for early primary students.

A Bird Is a Bird Monday August 24th, 2015 There's a Book for That

Spring Walk by Virginia Brimhall Snow

Spring flowers are my very favourite so I adored this title.

Spring-Walk Monday August 24th, 2015 There's a Book for That

When I was Born written by Isabel Monhós Martins and illustrated by Madalena Matosa (First published in Portuguese in 2007)

I love the vibrant colours and the interesting premise of this book. Thinking about the world experienced as a variety of new experiences. Treasured sensory collections.

“These are the smells I love:

the smell of my grandmother’s lao,

the smell of warm chicken soup,

the smell of paints in school . . . “

Perfect to inspire some of our own mindful writing.

When I was Born Monday August 24th, 2015 There's a Book for That

Bears Don’t Read! by Emma Chichester Clark 

Bears don’t read. But what if you were a bear and you found a book and you wanted to be able to read it? This is that story. Delightful!

Bears Don't Read Monday August 24th, 2015 There's a Book for That

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

I liked this book in the beginning. Liked the characters. Liked the format. Liked it all around. But half way through it really grabbed me. I began to totally adore these characters. I couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen. I finished it hours and hours ago and I already miss specific characters. Simon has a supportive family, wonderful friends and a “kind of” boyfriend he has not actually met. Oh and he’s not actually openly gay. Such a honest, vulnerable and charming novel.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda Monday August 24th, 2015 There's a Book for That

Updates on my 2015 Reading Goals:

2015 Chapter Book Challenge: 47/80 complete

Goodreads Challenge: 294/415 books read

#MustReadin2015: 15/24 complete

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 57/100 titles

Diverse Books in 2015: 32/50 books read

Up next? I am reading The Queen of Water by Laura Resau

30 thoughts on “Monday August 24th, 2015

  1. You got me at the Simon book – I will definitely have to find that one. Love the look of these gorgeous picturebooks too – practically all are unfamiliar to me, will have to find them soonest! 🙂 Have to surround myself with picturebooks pronto! 🙂

  2. Ooooooo… love seeing my sister’s book on your list today! Ta’an’s Moons is a gem of a book (but I am a little biased!) Lots on this list I don’t know! When I Was Born sounds like a great one for inspiring some sensory writing. Bear’s Don’t Read looks cute and I love the idea of A Bird is A Bird … would inspire some primary NF writing… A Bear is a Bear… A Racoon is a Racoon….! Thanks, friend!

  3. I love coming here to read about your books. I’ve added Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens to my must read list. Should I add it to my shopping cart? I think we’ve got Taan’s Moons at school arready.

  4. I’ve been hearing a lot about the Simon book. I am going to have to plow through my stacks and see if I have a copy. It sounds very intriguing!

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