Monday March 28th, 2016

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

Each week I share a reading photo of the week. I haven’t been teaching for the past two weeks (Spring Break) so I don’t have any reading photos from my classroom. Instead, I will share a view I had on holiday for a week. This was what I looked at when I sat in my reading and writing place. This is early morning after a night of rain.

Monday March 28th, 2016 There's a Book for That #IMWAYR

As we were away last week, I didn’t share a #IMWAYR post so this post includes 2 weeks of reading. Lots of novels!

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:

I have written everyday for the Slice of Life challenge. All of these posts can be found here.

If you missed it, I celebrated our week long author/illustrator study of Melissa Sweet here: Riding Through an Artist’s Life

Books I enjoyed:

The Dead Bird written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Christian Robinson

This is the newly illustrated (2016) edition of Brown‘s 1938 title. I think it is beautiful. Perfectly captures children’s fascination with death and their gentle care. I purchased this one for my collection of books on death and grief.

The Dead Bird Monday March 28th, 2016 There's a Book for That #IMWAYR

Spare Dog Parts written by Alison Hughes and illustrated by Ashley Spires

A little girl imagines how her dog must have come to be. Lots of charming in Spires’ illustrations.

Spare Dog Parts Monday March 28th, 2016 There's a Book for That #IMWAYR

Pink is for Blobfish: Discovering the World’s Perfectly Pink Animals written by Jess Keating with illustrations by David DeGrand

I shared lesson ideas for this title in my #nfpb2016 post this week. A must own.

 Pink is for Blobfish Monday March 28th, 2016 There's a Book for That #IMWAYR

The Princess in Black and the Angry Bunny Horde (Princess in Black #3) written by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale and illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Seriously this is wacky. Purple bunnies that can destroy a landscape or worse in mere moments, on masse. But the best kind of wacky! Love this series for young readers!

Princess in Black #3 Monday March 28th, 2016 There's a Book for That #IMWAYR

Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart

Some kind of everything in this book. Fantastic, engaging, emotional, full of heart, full of adventure. This would make the ideal middle grade read aloud or book club selection- truly something for everyone! One of the first books of 2016, I won’t stop talking about!


Some Kind of Courage Monday March 28th, 2016 There's a Book for That #IMWAYR

Stand Off  (Winger #2) by Andrew Smith

Ryan Dean West continues to be one of my all time favourite characters. The characters in this book . . . Just fantastic.

Stand Off (Winger #2) Monday March 28th, 2016 There's a Book for That #IMWAYR

 All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

I read this aloud to my family – my 13 year old twins and my husband. Such a powerful story to share. We had moments of silence. On a few pages, I wept. It prompted many conversations. Incredible read.

All American Boys Monday March 28th, 2016 There's a Book for That #IMWAYR

Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead 

This may be one of the all time most wise and wonderful book about preteen/young teen relationships ever. Friendships, choices, worries, decisions, forgiveness, care . . . Stead is an incredible writer.

Goodbye Stranger Monday March 28th, 2016 There's a Book for That #IMWAYR

Paper Hearts  Meg Wivott   

A novel in verse based on the true story of a group of young women who were forced to work at the munitions factory in Auschwitz while they were imprisoned in the camps. A story of incredible courage, friendship and survival. I couldn’t put it down.

Paper-Hearts Monday March 28th, 2016 There's a Book for That #IMWAYR

This is the Story of You by Beth Kephart

Someone passed an ARC on to me and I opened the book and never looked up. I love Kephart’s writing more with each book. Reading her words is like being immersed in something beautiful. Everywhere you look is an image you want to hold on to and savour. Released in April 2016. Highly recommended.

This is the Story of You Beth Kephart Monday March 28th, 2016 There's a Book for That #IMWAYR

Reading Progress updates:

2016 Chapter Book Challenge: 14/75 complete

Goodreads Challenge: 84/400 books read

#MustReadin2016: 12/30 complete

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 15/100 titles

Diverse Books in 2016: 9/50 books read

Up next? I am reading Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys Our family read aloud is Pax by Sara Pennypacker

40 thoughts on “Monday March 28th, 2016

  1. Thank you for sharing your list of books. I feel like a kid in a book candy shop! Your website is a treasure trove for readers. I am curious to hear my 5th graders’ reactions when I share this post and your site with them. Have you read Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley? A wonderful middle grade book.

  2. You did bring some great books along! I’ll look for the new Kephart book.
    I loved the third Princess in Black book. I laughed out loud and anytime that happens, I feel like I have a great book to pass along to kids!

  3. Holy cow! So many great books to comment on this week! 🙂

    First of all, I totally need to read Spare Dog Parts. That looks adorable. And I love Ashley Spires after reading The Most Magnificent Thing.

    I am very impatiently waiting for Pink is for Blobfish to come in at my library.

    I love that you read All American Boys as a family read aloud. Such an important book for discussion.

    And Ryan Dean West? He’s my all-time favorite character too! ❤

  4. Needed: Some Kind of Courage & Stand Off. I loved All American Boys. Coupled with Between The World and Me, heartbreaking. Thanks for all, Carrie. Glad you got to read so much on your break. Have a good week!

  5. Wonderful books here of course! My reading life for me has really suffered with the new homeschooling schedule and slicing. My morning read time has become morning desperately-fishing-for-a-slice time or desperately-trying-to-keep-up-with-commenting time. Someday I will read again! And several of these books will be on my list!

    • Yes, my reading has also been impacted by the Slice of Life posts – both the writing and the commenting. What a month. 2 more posts! I am thinking April should be a BIG reading month!

  6. What a fabulous reading life you’ve lived in the last few weeks! I’m finishing up When I was the Greatest and them moving on to All American Boys. I love Jason Reynolds.

  7. Thanks for these suggestions, Carrie! I, too, loved Goodbye Stranger! My librarian asked me to do a “favor” for her this week…spend a $500 purchase order at the local bookstore near my house. I copied down some of your recommendations. Happy spring break book shopping to me!!!!

  8. Must be a Spring Break thing as it seems like there are more excellent books on people’s lists. I second what you wrote on Goodbye Stranger. If I was still in a middle school, I would consider that a must read! I have some kids that will be able to handle it in my 5/6 class and I will share with them my copy. I have been wanting to read Winger for a long time but it might have to wait for summer. You have sold me on Some Kind of Courage too.
    We are using the first of the Life in a Zoo books in our lit circle/Battle of the Books and Pink is the new Blobfish will go with that as well. Thanks for sharing your ideas for that book. Jess Keating is great, I have been enjoying her Youtube channel for a while.

  9. I have yet to read a Beth Kephart novel – this new book sounds like something I’d enjoy. I pinned the new Margaret Wise Brown picturebook too – love those big-themed picturebooks. 🙂 great photo of your vacation as well! gorgeous!

  10. Oh spring break, how I wish we had one of those here at the library, we ended up with all the kids out of school. 🙂 It can be wonderful when a classic picture book is re-imagined with new illustrations, it can be such a great way to introduce it to a new generation of readers. Good luck heading back to school!

  11. So much to talk about here!
    First, I NEED to read the newest Princess in Black. I LOVED the first two! Hale is so wonderful.
    I also adored Honest Truth, so I look forward to reading Dan’s newest.
    I love Ryan Dean also!!! So much!! But I have not read Stand Off. I feel like I have failed him. I need to fix that!
    I am starting All American Boys today, so I look forward to talking about it.
    I could keep talking about, but I will stop there.
    So many I want to read!

    Happy reading this week! 🙂

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