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 . . . This week they are everywhere!
I love this moment during Reading Workshop where a student got comfortable to read some Bink and Gollie!
The amazing Adam Lehrhaupt (author of Warning: Do Not Open this Book and Please, Open This Book!)sent us a box of goodies after I shared with him how much we loved his books. We didn’t open the box right away because it didn’t come with instructions! Should we open it? Keep it closed? We spent some time talking about this! But wow, were we excited when we made our decision! We were particularly pleased to not find any bruised bananas!
— Carrie Gelson (@CarrieGelson) February 20, 2016
Our #classroombookaday titles this week were wonderful!
Writing about this favourite: Donovan’s Big Day
Tea Party Rules was a huge hit! A great story for predictions and lots of smiling!
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 3rd Slice of Life: The kid on the piano
Nonfiction 10 for 10: Travel the World
Books I enjoyed:
Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems selected by Paul B. Janeczko and illustrated by Melissa Sweet
This book was very much a visual sensation. Sweet’s illustrations perfectly complemented a series of perfect poems to let us travel through the seasons. I got this book from the library but think I need to have my own copy so it is extra convenient that I will be going to see Melissa Sweet in Bellingham next week and can buy this book and get it signed!
We worked on our own Night poems with art inspired by Melissa Sweet
Take Away the A written by Michaël Escoffier and illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo
I love that with all of the ABC titles out there, there is still so much room for originality! I giggled my way though this one. It is quite delightful!
Awesome is Everywhere by Neil Pasricha
Absolutely awesome and completely interactive. It reminded me of Steve Jenkin‘s Looking Down and Tullet‘s Press Here. A title to be experienced (best read aloud!)
This may be the number one fan of this book!
My Cousin Momo by Zachariah OHora
I really appreciate Ohora‘s illustrations – they have a wonderfully nostalgic feel to them. This title is all about appreciating someone for exactly who they are and it is really charming.
B is for Bear: A Natural Alphabet by Hannah Viano
I featured this title in my nonfiction post this week.
The Story Blanket written by Ferida Wolff and Harriet May Savitz and illustrated by Elena Odriozola
This is a wonderful story of community and generosity. Babba Zarrah tells the children of her village imaginative stories as they sit on her story blanket. When she notices that a child has a need that only the yarn from her blanket can fix, she begins to knit together both kind gestures and stories. Will her blanket disappear? What then?
The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten
This novel has won numerous awards including being a Schneider Family Book Award winner this year. Adam meets Robyn at an OCD support group for teens. A simple love story with every kind of complication going. Adam navigates first love, his own OCD, a clingy little step brother and a Mom with her own issues s well as small doses of regular teenage issues. Adam is a special character and he offers us a candid glimpse into the life of someone dealing with obsessive compulsive disorder. A must read YA novel.
Reading Progress updates:
2016 Chapter Book Challenge: 7/75 complete
Goodreads Challenge: 53/400 books read
#MustReadin2016: 5/30 complete
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 11/100 titles
Diverse Books in 2015: 8/50 books read
Up next? I am reading The Thing about Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin and continue reading All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely with my family.