It’s Monday! What are you reading?
Each week I share a reading photo of the week. This week, it was all about #MockCaldecott joy! Here are our winners! 3 honor ttiles and the medal went to The Bear Ate Your Sandwich!
Our #classroombookaday titles were gorgeous this week – all about the forest and animals in the woods Next week we will be reading a number of nonfiction titles about animals in winter. These books helped build our background knowledge and vocabulary.
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:
Ready for a year of reading? I am with my Must Read novels of 2016
Would you like to make a list and join the community? Link up here: #MustReadin2016 So far there are 24 lists!
For my first Nonfiction Picture Book post of 2016, I shared some #MockSibert predictions
My Celebration post was all about our #MockCaldecott 2016 results
Books I enjoyed:
I am reading for the Cybils (nonfiction titles) and readjusting to being back at work (Anyone else finding this exhausting?) but I did manage to read some lovely books I would like to share.
Who’s that Knocking at My Door? by Reinhard Michl and Tilde Michels (1993)
A colleague lent this to me as she said it reminded her of Out of the Woods by Rebecca Bond – another interesting animal encounter with animals that typically aren’t near each other. This is a rhyming book and a work of fiction but if you can get your hands on it, it pairs wonderfully with Out of the Woods.
Beautiful Birds by Jean Roussen and E. Walker
A stunning, poetic ABC book by Flying Eye Books – a publisher I adore more and more. This title is simply stunning. A perfect gift for bird lovers.
Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh
I finally got my hands on a copy of this title and shared it with my family over dinner one evening. We talked for a long time about just the cover which I think is so striking. Such an important story about a family’s fight for their children’s equal education.
Tad and Dad by David Ezra Stein
A cheerful little title of parent/child attachment.
Her Mother’s Face by Roddy Doyle with illustrations by Freya Blackwood
Blackwood’s illustrations are the perfect complement to this story of trying to remember details of a mother who has passed away. Honest, real and important. Tells the story of a little girl who experiences sadness and grief as she grows from a child to an adult. While sad, it also offers hope and promise of healing.
Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for All the Letters by Oliver Jeffers
Really? Really, how great is this?! An absolutely unique and amazing alphabet story book.
Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L Holm and Matthew Holm
I listened to all of the podcasts about this (The Yarn) over the summer and was eagerly anticipating finally reading this graphic novel. It did not disappoint. This book captures not just a time period that is meaningful to me but many things that I feel are brave in a novel (graphic or otherwise): intergenerational relationships, tough family dynamics, strong emotions, life that isn’t all pretty (in this case substance abuse issues).
2016 Chapter Book Challenge: 2/75 complete
Goodreads Challenge: 12/400 books read
#MustReadin2016: 2/30 complete
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 2/100 titles
Diverse Books in 2015: 3/50 books read
Next up? I continue reading More Happy than Not by Adam Silvera (so captivating) and am reading A Night Divided by Jennifer Nielsen aloud to my family. We are all addicted!