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:
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.
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.
Spring Walk by Virginia Brimhall Snow
Spring flowers are my very favourite so I adored this title.
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.
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!
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.
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