It’s Monday! What are you reading?
Each week I share a reading photo of the week This is taken during Reading Workshop. It kind of speaks for itself don’t you think? These two on the bench organized themselves into a little reading partnership, “Let’s each read a page.” I also love the message on the board that a child wrote. It captured the feel in the room – happy readers everywhere.
Our #classroombookaday titles this week were especially lovely.
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 finished up my Slice of Writing challenge for the month of March. 31 days of published writing on the blog! Phew.
Night Before Thinking Musing about back to work after a break
Inspired by student poetry writing and When Green Becomes Tomatoes Poems for All Seasons (listed below) I wrote my own poem about writing spring poems today we picked spring
Words A Slice of Life post about being grateful that words find me
My first post with the meme Diverse Children’s Books featuring the book: My Two Blankets (pictured below)
Books I enjoyed:
This week it was alll about the picture books!
Where’s the Elephant? by Barroux
Sometimes on this blog I insist that a book must be purchased so it can be shared again and again. Well, okay, sometimes seems like a rare occurrence. I just might do it often. But, take my word for it, I won’t steer you wrong! This book is one of those books. It is beyond a search and find which it seems to be just a few pages in. Not at all. It is a statement about development encroaching on habitat. Of what this means to our world and the animals in it. Powerful. So, powerful. The perfect book to introduce environmental studies. To begin conversations. To worry about. And maybe to inspire change.
When Green Becomes Tomatoes Poems for All Seasons by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Julie Morstad
This book of poetry is kind of pure perfection. Julie Morstad’s illustrations. Julie Fogliano‘s beautiful images. I can’t pick a favourite poem. But I have many a favourite line.
A Hungry Lion or a dwindling assortment of animals by Lucy Ruth Cummins
This book is very funny. It requires that wonderful page flipping back and forth phenomenon – “Did that really happen?” I don’t want to give anything away but will say the surprises delighted me. Can’t wait to read this to a group of children.
Before I Leave by Jessixa Bagley
Such a sweet (but not at all over the top) story of what it is to move away and leave a friend. Bagley tackles emotions so beautifully.
My Two Blankets written by Irena Kobald and illustrated by Freya Blackwood
I wrote about this book in this post. Themes of immigration, new friendships, learning a language, adjusting to a new culture and new place.
Always Remember by Cece Meng and illustrated by Jago
This is a story of loss, of what it is to lose a loved one and remember. Full of hope and emotion and the illustrations are STUNNING.
My Heart Fills with Happiness written by Monique Gray Smith and illustrated by Julie Flett
I bought this for our board book collection. A book about finding joy! Illustrations by Flett are beautiful. I love that this title features Indigenous children and families. This book is perfect for my classroom.
Snappsy the Alligator Did Not Ask to Be in This Book! written by Julie Falatko and illustrated by Tim Miller
Oh so very clever! The under-enthused and annoyed main character, the irritating narrator, the dynamic between the two of them. What an amusing little book!
The Fun Book of Scary Stuff written by Emily Jenkins and illustrated by Hyewon Yum
This book! A little guy talks about his fears with a dog and the conversations are SO hilarious. I couldn’t leave the book store without this one.
Thelma the Unicorn by Aaron Blabey
Thelma is a pony with unicorn aspirations. When a unicorn transformation happens to her (this is a great scene) life seems grand. But is fame and attention really a wonderful thing?
Reading Progress updates:
2016 Chapter Book Challenge: 14/75 complete
Goodreads Challenge: 97/400 books read
#MustReadin2016: 12/30 complete
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 15/100 titles
Diverse Books in 2016: 12/50 books read
Up next? I continue with Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys Our family read aloud is Pax by Sara Pennypacker