It’s Monday! What are you reading?
Each week I share a reading photo of the week. This week it is all about reading a Jon Klassen favourite to your little brother during buddy reading!
For our #classroombookaday, we loved lots of books about community and home.
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:
Teeny Tiny Toady: Questions and Answers with author and illustrator
Books I enjoyed:
Ida, Always written by Caron Levis and illustrated by Charles Santoso
This is a tender book about friendship and loss. Allows for conversations about preparing for a death and carrying on. A very special (fictional) story based on a real connection between two bears in New York’s Central Park Zoo.
Teeny Tiny Toady written by Jill Esbaum and illustrated by Keika Yamaguchi
I featured this title this week with an interview with author and illustrator answering questions from my students. A sweet little rhyming book all about clever solutions, tiny sister power and love for family that conquers all! And peeking under the book jacket is a must!
Anna Carries Water written by Olive Senior and illustrated by Laura James
Set in the Caribbean, this is the story of young Anna who strives to master the task of carrying water on her head. This story is beautifully illustrated and is, more than anything, a story of childhood: wanting to be grown up, wanting to be able to do what older siblings can do, wanting to face a fear.
Beyond the Pond by Joseph Kuefler
I love the fantasy and imaginative elements of this story. One day Ernest D decides to explore the world beyond the pond . . .
Mr Squirrel and the Moon by Sebastian Meschenmoser
It seems that the moon has landed on Mr. Squirrel’s tree. Or has it? It definitely seems to be the case and he has quite the time trying to be rid of it.
One Day, The End Short, Very Short, Shorter-Than-Ever Stories by Rebecca Kai Dotlich and illustrated by Fred Koehler
Simply short stories full of images of all that happens in between. Perfect for Writer’s Workshop to talk about the importance of details, the power of illustrations, visual literacy, the large possibilities in small moments.
The Princess in Black (#2) and the Perfect Princess Party by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale
I love nothing better than reading these titles aloud to my class. They love them! This one was lots and lots of fun!
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
I can’t stop thinking about this book. One of the best books I have read. Ever. Sepetys just keeps getting better. This is some kind of historical fiction. Full of adventure, war time atrocities, human kindness and connection. It also tells the story of a real historical event that many of us know nothing about – the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff, the biggest and most tragic disaster in maritime history. Heartbreaking, compelling, an incredible read.
Reading Progress updates:
2016 Chapter Book Challenge: 15/75 complete
Goodreads Challenge: 115/400 books read
#MustReadin2016: 13/30 complete
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 16/100 titles
Diverse Books in 2016: 14/50 books read
Up next? I am in the middle of All Rise for the Honorable Perry T Cook by Leslie Connor