Monday January 25th, 2016

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

Each week I share a reading photo of the week. I haven’t blogged for a while so I will share a few . . .

Here we are pointing to titles we would like to read after participating in a book sharing circle.

IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Buddy reading moments are amazing to capture.

IMWAYR There's a Book for That

This story is a special one. These two are taking turns reading aloud to each other. At the beginning of the year, one student read and one listened. Now they both have the skills to share in the oral reading together. A beautiful supportive reading experience that I was thrilled to capture.

IMWAYR 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.

IMWAYR 2015

On the blog:

I have been absent from this blog for just over a week (illness, busy, stuff . . . ) so just one post to share:

Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday: Whose Hands are these? 

Books I enjoyed:

Rufus the Writer written by Elizabeth Bram and illustrated by Chuck Groenink

What a very special title. It’s all about stories and creativity so it’s an automatic wow. But, what I love most is that the stories are so accessible. They whisper to children, “You could do this too . . . come on, try!”

Rufus the Writer IMWAYR There's a Book for That

If I had a Million Onions by Sheree Fitch, with illustrations by Yayo

Fun, wonderful poetry! Fitch is a master of word play!

If I had a Million Onions

Dear Hot Dog by Mordicai Gerstein 

I love both the illustrations and the poetry here. Poems that are ode to everyday things. Toothbrushes, drinking cups, the rain and of course hot dogs.

Dear Hot Dog

Sing a Season Song written by Jane Yolen with illustrations by Lisel Jane Ashlock

A gorgeous lyrical title about the seasons. The illustrations have a timeless feel – like they could have been lifted from a book of fine art.

Sing a Season Song

Fat Angie by E.E. Charlton-Trujillo

This book is “issue-y” What doesn’t it address? It hits almost everything. Self harm, dysfunctional relationships, bullying, grief, young romance, self-worth . . . I was a little bit irked by “teenage speak” because really, do people talk like that? Maybe . . . Thank god I’m old. But there were many powerful, heart wrenching pages which make it a title well worth reading.

Fat Angie by E.E. Charlton-Trujillo

2016 Chapter Book Challenge: 3/75 complete

Goodreads Challenge: 26/400 books read

#MustReadin2016: 3/30 complete

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 8/100 titles

Diverse Books in 2015: 3/50 books read

Next up? I continue reading More Happy than Not by Adam Silvera and have almost finished reading A Night Divided by Jennifer Nielsen aloud to my family. We are all addicted! Just a few more chapters!

22 thoughts on “Monday January 25th, 2016

  1. What fun pictures! It’s been a struggle to get my students to read during Sustained Silent Reading; many claim to be “reading” on their phones, and I know that they really aren’t. Sigh.

  2. Love the pictures, Carrie. And thanks for your review of Fat Angie. I know I’ll get to it someday. Lots of ‘teen speak’ in many books lately. I love the poetry titles, new to me. Thank you, hope you’re back feeling better!

  3. I love this line, “You could do this too . . . come on, try!” It is exactly how I feel about this book! I too am a fan of Sheree Fitch. I’m not sure I want to go near a book like Fat Angie right now….

  4. Fat Angie sounds like something to share with the LGBTW library group I’m in. You know, having recently started my thirties I’ve been wallowing in a bit of self-pity at my entry into the adult world, but your “thank god I’m old” comment really hit home. Being a teenager is always hard, no matter what era you live in (in the middle ages you were likely getting close to middle age….!), but this new generation of teens faces all sorts of challenges that I couldn’t have even imagined as a teen. Glad there are books out there that can speak to these challenges and the kids experiencing them.

  5. Rufus the Writer was a book I used at the beginning of the year when introducing writing workshop. It is a great choice, and really accessible, as you mentioned.

    I started A Night Divided before Christmas, but then one of my kids picked it up, and I haven’t gotten it back so I can finish it yet! MUST do that!

    Sorry you were feeling ill last week! Hope you are tons better now. Have a good week!

  6. The book cover of Dear Hot Dog made my mouth water. Glad to hear that you’re feeling better now. I have Rufus the Writer borrowed from the library waiting for me to get to it. This week, definitely! Always lovely to see photos of your young readers. Awesome.

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