Monday March 7th, 2016

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

Each week I share a reading photo of the week. This week I have two to share.

I love the joy and focus these girls showcased during buddy reading.

Monday March 7th, 2016 There's a Book for That #IMWAYR

And I appreciated being shown the best page in Ballet Cat according to this little reader.

Monday March 7th, 2016 There's a Book for That #IMWAYR

Our #classroombookaday titles this week received lots of book love!

Monday March 7th, 2016 There's a Book for That #IMWAYR

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.


I haven’t shared a #IMWAYR post for two weeks. I have been to two full day Literacy conferences (one in Bellingham and one in Vancouver) and one nErD camp in the past two weeks. I just finished report cards. And, I am writing daily for the March Slice of Life challenge. Busy, busy, busy. Not as much reading as I would like but . . . enough to share happily here!

On the blog:

A number of Slice of Life posts: The Promise of a Day, Threes and Repeats, Those Everyday people, Freedom Arms, A Mom themeWriting Happens HereEyes on the Corner, Hey Little One

A Q & A post with author Tara Lazar to launch Normal Norman

Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday: The Way to School

Books I enjoyed:

Ribbit! written by Rodrigo Folgueira and illustrated by Poly Bernatene

Themes of connection, community and inclusivity. All of these themes are addressed in the most clever of ways. What happens when a little pink pig exclaims “Ribbit!” while sitting amongst the lily pads?

Ribbit! Monday March 7th, 2016 There's a Book for That #IMWAYR

Ben Says Goodbye written by Sarah Ellis and illustrated by Kim LaFave

Losing a friend to a move is a huge loss for so many children. This title addresses those big emotions in a lovely, believable way.

Ben Says Goodbye Monday March 7th, 2016 There's a Book for That #IMWAYR

Bloom written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by David Small

I adore David Small and it was so much fun to see his work here in a fairy tale like setting. A story of mud and rolling up your sleeves to get the job done! Loved the girl power here!

Bloom Monday March 7th, 2016 There's a Book for That #IMWAYR

If I Had a Gryphon written by Vicki VanSickle and illustrated by Cale Atkinson

Pet wishing, imagining and pondering – wonderfully off the scale! I want a gryphon!

If I Had a Gryphon Monday March 7th, 2016 There's a Book for That #IMWAYR

Over-Scheduled Andrew by Ashley Spires

Spires addresses such a growing problem for so many children: schedules that take over children’s lives – leaving little time for friendships and down time.

Over-Scheduled Andrew Monday March 7th, 2016 There's a Book for That #IMWAYR

Steve Raised By Wolves by Jared Chapman

So, wolf like habits don’t really match an elementary school setting. Or do they? Hilarious!

Steve Raised By Wolves Monday March 7th, 2016 There's a Book for That #IMWAYR

Skunk on a String by Thao Lam

You have probably never thought about how you would react if a skunk floated by. In this wordless tale, spy as one does just that . . . All kinds of reactions and commotion ensue. Quite delightful!

Skunk on a String Monday March 7th, 2016 There's a Book for That #IMWAYR

Mom, Dad, Our Books, and Me written by Danielle Marcotte and illustrated by Josée Bisaillon

A home where books and reading are treasured and reading is modelled and celebrated. This child is raised with all that stories can provide. This title also touches on all that we read – the faces of clocks, expressions, the sky . . .

Mom, Dad, Our Books, and Me Monday March 7th, 2016 There's a Book for That #IMWAYR

Reading Progress updates:

2016 Chapter Book Challenge: 7/75 complete

Goodreads Challenge: 66/400 books read

#MustReadin2016: 5/30 complete

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 13/100 titles

Diverse Books in 2015: 8/50 books read

Up next? I am still reading The Thing about Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin and continue reading All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely with my family.

26 thoughts on “Monday March 7th, 2016

  1. Some really interesting titles. Bloom and Raised by Wolves look hilarious and I will be checking those out soon. I will be back in a week or two to read your thoughts on The Thing about Jellyfish and All-American Boys as they are books I would like to get to in the summer. A great read as always, thanks.

  2. I’m always amazed by how you find so many new books. Any chance you’d blog about that? Your process and if you afford all these books or take them out from the library.

  3. All of these books sound wonderful. I need to do better at seeking out picture books and reading them more often. I definitely appreciate learning about these great titles. Have a good reading week!

  4. Thanks for all, Carrie, most I put on the list, love the variety, and am always looking for funny books for the grand-girls. Skunk On A String will be one of them! I loved Bloom, an interesting tale!

  5. I haven’t seen a single one of these picture books yet, and I want ALL of them! But especially the new Ashley Spires. I love Kimberly’s idea for a blog post, btw–a slice perhaps?! You have a dedicated children’s bookstore in Vancouver, don’t you? I can only dream!!

  6. I fell in love with Ballet Cat books this past week! I am jealous of your reader all curled up and enjoying her book. Thanks for all the book recommendations I can check out from the library!

  7. I’m so excited to see the newest Ballet Cat book. I just put it on order. We loved the first one. The family with books looks super. Thanks for sharing so many titles.

  8. I love Spires’ work, and I could learn a thing or two from Over-Scheduled Andrew. I sometimes feel like Over-Scheduled Ricki. 🙂 🙂
    I also want to read Mom, Dad, Our Books, and Me with Henry. I think it would be a great family book!

  9. Over Scheduled Andrew, I believe, is one that would resonate with a lot of young children here in Singapore – I should definitely find that one and soon! 🙂 Lots of great new titles here – I was especially intrigued by the new David Small book – we don’t have that yet in our library unfortunately.

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