Monday February 22nd, 2016

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!

Monday February 22nd, 2016 There's a Book for That

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!
Monday February 22nd, 2016 There's a Book for That

Our #classroombookaday titles this week were wonderful!

Monday February 22nd, 2016 There's a Book for That

Writing about this favourite: Donovan’s Big Day

Monday February 22nd, 2016 There's a Book for That

Tea Party Rules was a huge hit! A great story for predictions and lots of smiling!

Monday February 22nd, 2016 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 3rd Slice of Life: The kid on the piano

Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday: B is for Bear

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!

Firefly July Monday February 22nd, 2016 There's a Book for That

We worked on our own Night poems with art inspired by Melissa Sweet

Monday February 22nd, 2016 There's a Book for That

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!

Take Away the A Monday February 22nd, 2016 There's a Book for That

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!)

Awesome is Everywhere Monday February 22nd, 2016 There's a Book for That

This may be the number one fan of this book!

Monday February 22nd, 2016 There's a Book for That

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.

My Cousin Momo Monday February 22nd, 2016 There's a Book for That

B is for Bear: A Natural Alphabet by Hannah Viano

I featured this title in my nonfiction post this week.

B is for Bear Monday February 22nd, 2016 There's a Book for That

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 Story Blanket Monday February 22nd, 2016 There's a Book for That

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.

theunlikelyheroofroom13b Monday February 22nd, 2016 There's a Book for That

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.

21 thoughts on “Monday February 22nd, 2016

  1. I am new to your blog and this post packs in much more than simply ‘what are you reading?’! I notice the red dots on the book a day. Do kids vote? Show their thumbs up? Something else? Happy reading to all!

    • At the end of the week, the children write about their favourite title of the week- draw a picture and a few sentences about why we loved the book. We then add the magnetic dots so everyone can see how the votes turn out.

  2. Carrie, I recently read THE UNLIKELY HERO IN ROOM 13B ( although it had a different cover). I’m guessing your copy is in its non-superhero disguise. My voice joins yours and a chorus of others that it is a truly remarkable book and should be read by more people. I was tempted to say “everyone” but we know not every book is right for everyone. This one comes close.
    Love the celebration of that suprise box!

  3. I do need to get The Unlikely Hero In Room 13B-so many great chapter books still to read! Love that you received that box of goodies. Your class must have been erupting in excitement! I’ll look for The Story Blanket, too. It sounds wonderful. Thanks, Carrie. Have a great week!

  4. What a delightful surprise box! How generous of the author! Had a good chuckle at the discussion of whether or not to open the box. I love Firefly July–wish I could get more of my students excited about it. I’m thinking I might have a Melissa Sweet day in Children’s Lit this semester!

  5. Have you read Two Blankets by Freya Blackwood yet – I just thought that it might be a great companion text to The Story Blanket here, which I shall now pin so that I can hunt for it. I was awed when I saw Donovan’s Big Day displayed in your classroom – so fearless, Carrie. Good for you and even better for your own students, I believe. 🙂

  6. I love your kids! And it is so wonderful that Adam sent you some goodies!
    I love the work you did with Firefly July. It is one of my favorite poetry PB.
    Thank you for sharing your alphabet books–Trent and I are working on his ABCs and letter recognition, so I am always looking for something to add variety.

    Happy reading this week 🙂

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