Monday February 15th, 2015

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

Each week I share a reading photo of the week. That has grown to a few reading photos from the week . . .

We have continued to enjoy looking at nonfiction titles during our book sharing circles.

 There's a Book for That

I love the energy in each of these circles and how it spreads out around the room.

 There's a Book for That

This was taken during a read aloud of Orion and the Dark shared by a guest reader. The kids couldn’t get close enough!

 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.


On the blog:

My second Slice of Life: Bad Irony (I will admit that I find this writing kind of terrifying)

For Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday: The nonfiction effect Here, I talk about beginning to introduce more nonfiction titles to my current class.

My weekly Celebration post: Afternoons: the good, the not so great and the green

Books I enjoyed:

Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett

This book is all kinds of gorgeous. The story is delightful – forming a friendship with the very thing that scares you most and learning a new way to see the world in the process. But the illustrations and artistic choices, simply fabulous.

Orion and the Dark

Ballet Cat: Dance! Dance! Underpants! by Bob Shea

Giggle. Giggle. Giggle. Can’t wait to read this aloud to a whole class. I started with one little guy not yet picked up in the office one afternoon and he thought it was pretty amusing. Well, very amusing. I asked him if he thought my class would listen without laughing. “No way, not possible,” he told me.

Ballet Cat: Dance! Dance! Underpants!

Strictly No Elephants written by Lisa Mantchev and illustrated by Taeeun Yoo

Kind of adorable. And a beautiful message of inclusivity.

Strictly No Elephants

Waiting by Kevin Henkes

Quiet. Gentle. Full. Loved this title. Think I will love it more and more as I read it and share it.


Welcome, Precious written by Nikki Grimes and illustrated by Bryan Collier

An ideal new baby celebration book. Gift it to new parents – it celebrates all of the amazing of a baby joining the family.

Welcome Precious

Two White Rabbits by Jairo Buitrago and Rafael Yockteng

This title is weighty in its simple, missing pieces kind of narration. Nothing is specifically clear but this is what I enjoyed about this title. Rich in emotion, its multitude of stories and our human need to find home and safe.

Two White Rabbits

Thank You and Goodnight by Patrick McDonnell

Perhaps the perfect bedtime book. I love the pure exhaustion that eventually triumphs.

Thank you and Good Night

Reading Progress updates:

2016 Chapter Book Challenge: 6/75 complete

Goodreads Challenge: 45/400 books read

#MustReadin2016: 5/30 complete

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 11/100 titles

Diverse Books in 2015: 8/50 books read

I continue reading (almost done) The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten and have just started All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely as a read aloud with my family.

24 thoughts on “Monday February 15th, 2015

  1. I love how many of these titles are familiar to me! I think I just posted a review of Orion and the Dark last week. Thank you and good night was a surprisingly simple but oh so satisfying read, I thought. Waiting was definitely well worth the wait – loved its quiet simplicity too. I have yet to find Strictly No Elephants, Two White Rabbits and Welcome Precious. 🙂

  2. Still haven’t read Orion In The Dark, will find it! I do love Thank you and good Night, and just got the new Patrick Mcdonnell book for the girls-Silly Wonderful You. It’s sweet too. Thanks, Carrie. Have a wonderful week with those wonderful kids!

  3. Great PBs this week! Precious is the only one I haven’t read. Orion was such a favorite of mine last year! And Underpants! I laugh every time I read “I was promised underpants!” Hee hee!
    I’ve meant to tweet you several times and let you know about The Knowing Book. Besides being illustrated by Matthew Cordell, who I know you enjoy as well, it’s just a brilliant book. You will love it!

  4. Carrie, last year I kind of dubbed you the champion of the Ballet Cat book. You were so enthusiastic about it that I just bought it outright when I ran across it at a B & N I was visiting while on vacation. Now I know that I have to have Dance, Dance Underpants! 😉 In addition to this, I also am very intrigued by all of the other picture books you shared. I have Waiting, but the others are all new to me. It sounds like many of them would be great mentor texts to use in exploring theme and maybe inference…. Thanks for sharing them! Have a wonderful week. 🙂

  5. Ballet Cat is such an obsession with me! It’s not possible for ME to read it aloud without laughing all the way through. Orion and the Dark was really lovely. When I read it, I felt that I’d read several books on similar topic recently and felt a bit fussy about it, so I need to reread. I haven’t seen Thank You and Good Night yet but love everything McDonnell. And slices… yes, terrifying. I had to stop writing them for awhile. They feel so much more vulnerable than other kinds of writing I do.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.