Monday November 9th, 2015

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

I have been sharing a reading photo of the week each week. This week because it has been a while, I have more than one. And not all are reading related but humour me please, I am in a sharing mood 🙂

First – I invite you to enjoy our mural homage to “Shh! We have a plan.” by Chris Haughton. Mini trees and birds by my class. Mural design courtesy of my husband. .

Monday November 9th, 2015 There's a Book for That

We read some fantastic titles during the week before Halloween for #classroombookaday. Bone Dog squeaked in with the most love.

Monday November 9th, 2015 There's a Book for That

This art has nothing to do with any book but I just had to share – the colour, the light, the vibrancy and the joy . . . .

Monday November 9th, 2015 There's a Book for That

And finally my favourite “reading photo” of the week is all about the giggles. Happy, happy, happy.

Monday November 9th, 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.


I am committed to a return to my blog and a sharing of my reading and teaching life.

I credit Marla Frazee for this as I shared in this post: Sunday Reflections: Honest Truths, Metaphorical whales and the “in between” place

Also on my blog:

Wrapped up in shades of black and grey (in honour of Picture Book Month)

I haven’t shared a Monday post in two weeks so I have a number of titles that I am excited to highlight here!

Lenny and Lucy written by Philip C. Stead and illustrated by Erin E. Stead

Oh my, my, my, my. And, well, wow. You might have noticed I am slightly speechless over this one. It is moody. Lonely. Emotional. Sweet. Lovely. Sigh. Of course, I had to buy it.

Lenny & Lucy Monday November 9th, 2015 There's a Book for That

Shoe Dog by Megan Mcdonald

I don’t have a dog. I am not that attached to my shoes. But still – if I had a dog and if it chewed up all of my shoes, well, I am not so sure . . . This is book is about some serious pet love. And patience. And it is pretty darn cute.

Shoe Dog Monday November 9th, 2015 There's a Book for That

A Dance Like Starlight: One Ballerina’s Dream written by Kristy Dempsey and illustrated by Floyd Cooper

Gorgeous and inspiring historical fiction. A must read.

A Dance Like Starlight- One Ballerina's Dream Monday November 9th, 2015 There's a Book for That

The Color Monster by Anna Llenas

A pop up title that is all kinds of amazing.  The perfect book to pair with My Blue is Happy and to break out the coloured pencils and start some really wonderful conversations.

The Color Monster Monday November 9th, 2015 There's a Book for That

The Hueys in None the Number by Oliver Jeffers

A Hueys tour of counting and numbers and the concept of zero. Quirky and wonderfully odd.

The Hueys in None the Number Monday November 9th, 2015 There's a Book for That

Mouse’s First Night at Moonlight School by Simon Puttock and Ali Pye

Shy little Mouse is always somewhere but where? Endearing.

Mouse’s First Night in Moonlight School Monday November 9th, 2015 There's a Book for That

Katie Woo No More Teasing written by Fran Amnushkin and illustrated by Tammie Lyon

I bought five of these Katie Woo titles the other day. Ideal additions to my early readers collection.

Katie Woo No More Teasing Monday November 9th, 2015 There's a Book for That

The Story of Diva and Flea written by Mo Willems and illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi

Yep, all kinds of charming. A seriously winning author/illustrator combination. Paris! Incredible characters. Lots to love here in this illustrated chapter book. Would make a perfect read aloud in a primary classroom.

The Story of Diva and Flea Monday November 9th, 2015 There's a Book for That

I’ll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Fast paced, impossible to put down.

I'll Be There Monday November 9th, 2015 There's a Book for That

Just Call My Name by Holly Goldberg Sloan 

And then there was a sequel. I had a Goldberg Sloan marathon. If you are in a reading slump, these YA novels are the perfect books to pick up. Personally I was looking for serious escapism and these dramatic stories and wonderful writing fit the bill perfectly!

 Just Call my name Monday November 9th, 2015 There's a Book for That

Updates on my 2015 Reading Goals:

2015 Chapter Book Challenge: 59/80 complete

Goodreads Challenge: 363/415 books read

#MustReadin2015: 16/24 complete

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 64/100 titles

Diverse Books in 2015: 43/50 books read

Up next? I am reading to escape so The Husband’s Secret by Lianne Moriarty is an ideal story. When do I ever ever read adult fiction? Usually never. It is wonderfully ridiculous and like zone out T.V. Perfect.

42 thoughts on “Monday November 9th, 2015

  1. Loved Lenny and Lucy. I didn’t know what to expect, so when it took my breath away I was happily surprised!
    Diva and Flea was fun too. I liked it more than I thought I would. And I loved the 2 cameos in it 🙂

  2. What great picture books. The Hueys looks interesting. Oliver Jeffers stories are usually unique. The Husband’s Secret was a book that kept me reading – good adult fiction choice. I just started a book for myself to – Alice Hoffman’s Marriage of Opposites.

  3. I envy you in reading not one but TWO Holly Goldber Sloan novels! Whoa indeed! I absolutely loved Counting by 7s, and I am sure I would fall in love with these two novels as well. I am looking forward to finding Lenny and Lucy.

  4. Hi Carrie, Just a quick note to say that I always love your recommendations. I teach 6th and use picture books as mentor texts, but after reading this decided why not just have a picture book day for read aloud? Everyone enjoys just listening to great stories and I know my 6th graders will too. Oh, and thanks for the heads up on the follow-up to I’ll Be There; can’t wait to read Just Call My Name! Happy Monday!

  5. Though I’m no longer teaching fulltime, I am thoroughly enjoying your recommendations, for personal pleasure, as mentor texts for my own PB writing, to share with my grandchildren (which I OFTEN) do, and to recommend to colleagues still in the classroom. I especially love debkrygeris’ comment suggesting the idea of a read-aloud picture book day for sixth graders! I wish I’d done that with my fifth grade students….super motivation for their own generation of picture book ideas and dummies…maybe even planting seeds for future children’s authors!

  6. I just found I’ll Be There a few weeks ago and LOVED it. I must read Just Call My Name. A Dance Like Starlight has been on my pile for a long time. And I still haven’t gotten to Lenny and Lucy yet either. Thanks for sharing all your book love.

  7. Love the variety of these features. I’ve met Eric Rohmann several times and the last time he used BONE DOG as an example of matching a concept to the best possible picture book structures to overcome the editorial resistance to publishing a book about a dead dog! (He didn’t call it the “best”, that’s from me! He modestly described his process, which succeeded so well. thanks for another outstanding post.

  8. Love Lenny & Lucy so much! Definitely on my top 10 of the year. I just got Diva & Flea last week and started it this weekend but then got lured by Bird & Squirrel and the grown-up book I’m reading right now (Sorcerer and Crown) so put it down. But will get back to it very soon. Perfect author-illustrator combo! I’m not familiar with the Katie Woo books but am always looking for more good series to add to my little (well, not so little!) lending library so will have to add one of these to the cart. Glad to see you back blogging! Have missed you terribly!

  9. What a splendid collection of books. It sounds like your Holly Sloan binge, and these other novels were exactly what you needed. I loved looking at your collection of Halloween themed books – some oldies and new ones – all wonderful. Bone Dog is one of my all time favourite books for this season. I have added many of these picture books to The List! I too adore Katie Woo and Diva and Flea.

  10. That picture of the girl holding her chest and laughing is priceless. It made me so happy! I love the Sloan marathon! I enjoyed both books and am glad you did, too. I agree that the Color Monster is quite inspirational in regards to creativity. That is one book that I’m glad I own! Enjoy your week, Carrie!

  11. The buddy reading photo is to die for! Today when I was teaching (girl on left), I had this image in my mind!
    Thanks for always sharing so openly, truthfully, and for showing these kids how much they matter.

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