Monday November 16th, 2015

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

I have been sharing a reading photo of the week each week.

This week I have two. Both are all about reading engagement. These moments are everything when you are trying to grow readers.

Monday November 16th, 2015 There's a Book for That

Monday November 16th, 2015 There's a Book for That

I had to tweet about this book love shared above

We read some fantastic titles this week for #classroombookaday. Enemy Pie was well loved. We are reading lots of books on relationships and friendships. My students have requested it. Next week we will begin to read previous Caldecott honor and medal winners in anticipation of our Mock Caldecott in December.

Monday November 16th, 2015 There's a Book for That

I also loved how one little reader chose the simple but powerful Say Hello.

Monday November 16th, 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.


Here I am again on Monday! And I shared for #nfpb2015 on Wednesday! Getting back into the blogging groove has been wonderful!

On the blog:

Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday: Counting Lions 

Books I loved this week:

Fall Leaves written by Loretta Holland and illustrated by Elly MacKay

This is a wonderful nonfiction title about what happens all around us when it is fall. Stunning illustrations perfect for this title by Elly MacKay. Lots to inspire learning and questions with primary students.

Fall Leaves Monday November 16th, 2015 There's a Book for That

Shadow Chasers by Elly MacKay

Again, these illustrations are incredible. I loved the premise of this title more than its execution.

Shadow Chasers Monday November 16th, 2015 There's a Book for That

Counting Lions: Portraits from the Wild is written by Katie Cotton and illustrated by Stephen Walton. Virginia McKenna (from the Born Free Foundation) writes the forward

I shared this gorgeous book in my nonfiction post this week – see the link above. Perfect for a discussion about endangered animals and shrinking habitats.

Counting Lions Monday November 16th, 2015 There's a Book for That

The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage written by Selina Alko and illustrated by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko

I read this aloud at dinner tonight with my family and it prompted a lot of discussion about laws that have over time and in different countries prohibited marriage for various reasons. We loved the collaborative illustrations and the author’s note in the back which made us a little teary. Such an important read.

The Case for Loving- The Fight for Interracial Marriage

Poppy’s Best Paper written by Susan Eaddy and illustrated by Rosalinde Bennet

This was a suggestion from one of my favourite booksellers at Vancouver Kidsbooks. The perfect book to talk about Writing Workshop. Also perfect to explore friendships, peer relationships, jealousy, doing our best, etc. So many great themes.

Poppy's Best Paper Monday November 16th, 2015 There's a Book for That

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

This is a rare adult read. It was pure escapism. Did I love it? Not really. But definitely held my attention and took my mind off of other things.

the_husbands_secret-Monday November 16th, 2015 There's a Book for That

Up next? I am reading MosquitoLand by David Arnold

Updates on my 2015 Reading Goals:

2015 Chapter Book Challenge: 60/80 complete

Goodreads Challenge: 373/415 books read

#MustReadin2015: 16/24 complete

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 67/100 titles

Diverse Books in 2015: 44/50 books read

24 thoughts on “Monday November 16th, 2015

  1. Poppy’s Best Paper sounds wonderful. I enjoy books that can be related to writing and writing workshop. I like that it has other important themes. Another great book about writing is Billy’s Booger: A Memoir (Sorta) – Billy writes a story for a contest. Although it doesn’t win, his creativity is appreciated by others.

  2. I have fallen in love with the cover of Fall Leaves. I can’t wait to get to the inside of it. I’m going to add Poppy’s Best Paper to a list of resources for writing that we must get. Thanks so much for the lovely photos of children and the heads up about these books!

  3. Laughing at what my mind is coming up with from Earl’s comment–Her Husband’s Secret as a picture book! Edgy indeed! I’ve been reading more grown-up books–and liking them–but I am SO picky. I will have to get Poppy’s Best Paper to share in my writing classes (and with my pre-service T’s who will teaching writing). The Case for Loving will probably end up on my best of 2015 list–really loved that book. And Counting Lions–insanely gorgeous!

  4. I really need to get a copy of The Case for Loving. I know what it is about, but that doesn’t mean I can feel like I’ve read it! I plan to see if my library can get it. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I like the look of Enemy Pie and Say Hello – I just ordered The Case for Loving for my research on multicultural picturebooks – looks like there are quite a few titles here that I should add to my “research” 🙂 Great photos of the readers in your classroom, dear Carrie!

  6. Just wondering where you found those amazing magnetic shelves to display the books on your chalk board? And as always thanks for sharing what you are reading it inspires me to expand my book selection for my class too.

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