It’s Monday! What are you reading?
I have been sharing a reading photo of the week each week. Often two. So why not three? Sometimes, the mood hits. Finally, finally, our Reading Workshop is consistently working! So I have to share!
Here are my students singing and reciting poems together at the end of Reading Workshop this week. Completely unexpected and spontaneous. A beautiful thing.
Book sharing circles are the best. 90 seconds. Two books. Pass them on. We have 3 circles at a time going on like this every Wednesday morning.
And then we share our might be favourites.
We have continued to read #MockCaldecott titles for #classroombookaday
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.
On the blog:
Books I loved:
Bird by Beatriz Martin Vidal
This is a wordless wow and then some. Absolutely beautiful. I don’t even want to write anything to spoil the experience. This is a book to sit with and savour.
What Forest Knows written by George Ella Lyon and illustrated by August Hall
Ah. This book is meant for me. The forest is my favourite place. With lyrical language, with wanderings through season, travelling through trees, just beautiful. Captures the mysteries and the wonder of the forest.
The Goodbye Book by Todd Parr
Yes. This book. It hits everything about grief in the most true and genuine ways. Todd Parr, I am impressed.
A Chicken Followed me Home! by Robin Page
Fantastic nonfiction title to explore the lifecycle of a chicken. Will be using in January with my class. Great for a primary classroom!
Don’t Like Snakes by Nicola Davies and illustrated by Luciano Lozano
So wonderfully clever! Numerous snake facts interspersed with the story of a little girl who wants you to know that she REALLY does not like snakes. Snakes are slithery, slimy, with eyes that hold you in a stare. Or is there more to these creatures? LOVE these illustrations by Lozano!
Out of the Woods: A True Story of an Unforgettable Event by Rebecca Bond
Based on a true story, this title goes back to Ontario forests of 1914. It is a memory, a story. And what a story. How incredible to think about this experience where a fire caused humans and animals to connect in an incredibly quiet, necessary way. The illustrations here are stunning. I read this book just this weekend and placed it on my gift book list for 2015. It captures a powerful story in its 32 pages. History. Nostalgia. Amazing.
How to Read a Story by Kate Messner and illustrated by Mark Siegel
So, this is the best “how to” book ever. Enough said.
Job Wanted written by Teresa Bateman and illustrated by Chris Sheban
Absolutely charming. Persistence. Creativity. Diligence. You need to meet this dog.
Winter’s Child written by Angela McAllister and illustrated by Grahame Baker Smith
This book arrived in my room via a guest reader. The children were fascinated by the fantastical storyline of Winter’s child preventing Spring from arriving because he wants to play with a human boy. Some gorgeous illustrations.
The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall
From the first line, I was hooked. This novel explores grief, loyalty, redemption and friendships. I loved Arthur. I loved his vulnerability, his mistakes, his raw emotions. This is a beautiful book with numerous surprises. Hope it begins to get lots of buzz. It is a book to seek out.
Up next? My #MustReadin2015 list is calling and I have started with The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt in the attempt to get the last eight titles read before 2016 rolls in. Stranger things have happened . . .
Updates on my 2015 Reading Goals:
2015 Chapter Book Challenge: 63/80 complete
Goodreads Challenge: 424/415 books read COMPLETE!
#MustReadin2015: 16/24 complete
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 74/100 titles
Diverse Books in 2015: 48/50 books read