Monday April 11th, 2016

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

Each week I share a reading photo of the week This week I am celebrating the Frog and Toad love! These girls are getting everyone in our class excited about reading Frog and Toad titles! The power of a reading community!

Monday April 11th, 2016 Monday April 11th, 2016

For our #classroombookaday, The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes to School led the way. Who wouldn’t want hair like this?

Monday April 11th, 2016

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:

Monday by Numbers for a Slice of Life

For Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday: One Day on our Blue Planet . . . in the Antarctic

Must Read in 2016: Spring Update

Books I enjoyed:

Daniel Finds a Poem by Micha Archer

Simply the perfect mentor text for poetry writing. Enough said.

Daniel Finds a Poem Monday April 11th, 2016

The Night Gardener by the Fan brothers 

This is just a wow title. It has so much of what I love in a picture book – some surprises, a intergenerational connection, a sense of wonder, lots of creativity . . . Divine.

The Night Gardener Monday April 11th, 2016

I’m New Here by Anne Sibley O’Brien

What a wonderful title to communicate all of the confusion and nervous feelings of a student new to a classroom community from another country.

I'm New Here

Listen to Our World written by Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson and illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Melissa Sweet’s illustrations are as usual, beautiful. Lyrical, poetic, repetitive text showcasing different animal habitats. Page orientation changes making this a wonderful read aloud.

Listen to Our World

One Day on our Blue Planet . . . In the Antarctic by Ella Bailey

I featured this lovely little book this week for nonfiction picture book Wednesday.

. . . in the Antarctic

 Written and Drawn by Henrietta by Liniers

What a fantastic Toon tale! ideal for Writer’s Workshop!

Written and Drawn by Henrietta

 When I am Happiest by Rose Lagercrantz and Eva Eriksson

The third young novel in this series. Exploring friendship, family and strong emotions.

When I am happiest

Reading Progress updates:

2016 Chapter Book Challenge: 14/75 complete

Goodreads Challenge: 107/400 books read

#MustReadin2016: 12/30 complete

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 16/100 titles

Diverse Books in 2016: 13/50 books read

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

36 thoughts on “Monday April 11th, 2016

  1. Daniel Finds a Poem was on Linda’s website too. This is one I’ll be searching for. What did you think of Salt to the Sea and Pax? Both books I was looking at in the bookstore a couple of weeks ago.

  2. I read Daniel Finds a Poem to 2 sets of 2nd graders last week and they had very different reactions. I think this one will end up on my Mock Caldecott list.
    I loved the LInier book too 🙂

  3. Am familiar with many of these, Carrie, and enjoyed them too, like Daniel Finds A Poem and Written and Drawn by Henrietta-both terrific. I’m excited to see that new Melissa Sweet book, looks lovely. Glad your class is loving Frog and Toad. They are treasures!

  4. I love Frog and Toad. We even have stuffies of them. I have, on occasion, found students reading the books while holding the characters as if they are doing the talking. Isn’t I’m New Here beautiful? I adore the cover of The Night Gardener and must find a copy of it.

  5. Frog and Toad–each book is so exquisitely written. I was reading one aloud recently and struck by how very much the rhythms and pacing of the text in Frog & Toad matches what I aspire to in my own writing! I never realized how much of an influence Arnold Lobel has been! I didn’t realize there was a new book by Rose Lagercrantz–will have to look for it because I liked the first in that series quite a bit. Hope to find Daniel Finds a Poem soon–looks wonderful. Might end up caving and buying!!

  6. Carrie, another lovely, uplifting post.
    I hope your Frog and Toad advocates get a chance to read THE FROGS AND TOADS ALL SANG:
    The back story on this is incredibly touching. Lobel’s daughter found this old manuscript with his line sketches and did the coloring herself for publication. She tells a heartwarming story in an interview.
    She grew up thinking she had inspired her dad to write these books when she brought home a toad and he called it a frog. She patiently explained the difference to him. Only as an adult did she realize that his F&T books were already in the publishing process, but he had honored her young wisdom fully. Then, later, when she found this unpublished manuscript she recognized it as the genesis of the characters. You and the other readers will love it.

  7. Our first graders do Frog & Toad plays every year, and they are a highlight! Older kids love reliving those books too. I love “I’m New Here” and hoping the start the year with it this fall. Love Melissa Sweet too, will have to check that one out!

  8. I really love the look of When I am Happiest and The Hair of Zoe – I also pinned Listen to Our World – such gorgeous book covers. And I especially love your reading photo of the day. beautiful girls. 🙂

  9. Frog and Toad! Hooray!

    I absolutely adored Daniel Finds a Poem. I forgot to included it on my IMWAYR a few weeks ago. It’s quite a charming book, and I agree it would make a great mentor text!

  10. I really loved The Night Gardener. I’m looking forward to Salt to the Sea. I just finished my MustReadin2016 post. I didn’t get it done on time, but did finish the post tonight. 🙂

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