It’s Monday! What are you reading?
Each week I share a reading photo of the week. These were taken during our last week together in June. And these mark the last photos I will take at the school I have taught at for so very long. A little bittersweet.
Reading Elephant and Piggie and giggling along with Piggie and Gerald
Revisiting Dog and Bear stories during buddy reading.
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 been moving: packing, befriending boxes, making messes and thinking of what’s next. So blogging continues to be only here and there but I did manage two Celebration posts in the last few weeks.
Celebration: Readying the room for students
Books I enjoyed:
You are One by Sara O’Leary with illustrations by Karen Klassen
Simple and sweet in a lovely not over the top way. The text captures the essence of being one – wow, a lot happens in a little one’s first year. Klassen treats us to images that breathe additional mood and joy into these snippets of this 12 month stage. Babies are beautiful, many ethnicities are captured. Would make a beautiful keepsake gift.
Ideas are All Around by Philip C. Stead
Every encounter and observation on a simple walk triggers thinking and memories and leads to stories. An ideal mentor text for idea generating.
Teachers Rock! by Todd Parr
I was gifted this at our final assembly in June and will happily include it in my Todd Parr collection. Bright, amusing and full of celebrations of the teacher/student connection.
This Journal Belongs to Ratchet by Nancy J. Cavanaugh
Ratchet has mechanical talents I know I will never have. Ever. Very wonderful to see in a female character. A story about finding many things – friends, identity, family connection and reasons to be committed. An impressive debut novel.
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo
Oh, these characters. DiCamillo’s characters absolutely charm me every time. There is sadness here but it’s life sadness and the learning and the revelations in these characters makes this such a rich MG read.
Reading Progress updates:
2016 Chapter Book Challenge: 24/75 complete
Goodreads Challenge: 179/400 books read
#MustReadin2016: 20/30 complete
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 26/100 titles
Diverse Books in 2016: 21/50 books read
Up next? I am reading Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere by Julie T. Lamana
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DiCamillo’s characters are wonderful! The characters in Raymie were charming and unique. I enjoyed reading that one. Thanks for sharing in spite of being busy with moving!
I haven’t been reading as much as usual but managed to sneak some reading into a busy moving schedule!
I want to read Ideas Are all Around. I’ve been hearing such good things about it. Good luck with your move!
Love those pictures, Carrie. I’m glad we can return to E & P again & again. Thanks for reminding me about Ratchet. I had forgotten about it. Have a good week!
E & P are beloved! Always and often!
Love those photos with booklove for two of my favorite series! I stalled out with Raymie Nightingale. KateDiCamillo’s books basically NEVER work me unless I am reading them out loud. I know this, and yet I still tried to read that one silently to myself. I didn’t think my son would care for Raymie (unless there are kooky old people!) so I’m not sure when I’d get a chance to read aloud…. maybe I’ll try on audio?
There are some kooky old people! And yes, DiCamillo is incredible to read aloud.
I loved Raymie Nightingale! Great theme of facing your fears with friends! I need to check out some of the awesome picture books you have here. You always have such great suggestions!
Thanks Jana. I need a picture book reading blitz in the near future. Have been craving it.
Looking forward to reading all about your experiences sharing your love of reading in your new classroom!
Thanks Jane – can’t wait to start figuring out how to organize the library. First, I am trying to figure out how to get some more shelving.
I’m hoping to get a copy of Teachers Rock and gift it to my friend who teaches first grade!
A great gift idea!
Another great list. I too enjoyed Raymie Nightingale. I am really looking forward to checking out This Journal Belongs to Ratchet. Thanks for sharing your list in spite of all the work that you must be doing to move classrooms.
I am up early and reading before all of the moving begins! I have missed blogging more regularly and am hoping to get back to it.
Sweet photographs, Carrie – a special end to your school year to know that you have fostered such deep book love. Wasn’t Raymie a glorious read? I loved it so much I read it twice, back to back!
I can see wanting to reread Raymie instantly. It is pretty divine.
I love watching your journey to your new classroom! Looking forward to new reading photos 🙂
I love DiCamillo’s characters as well–she is a master at character development.
Happy reading this week! 🙂
I too am looking forward to new reading photos!
I haven’t read any of these books! It is so delightful! Now I have more for my list. I hope you are doing well, my friend.
I am, thank you!
Love the pictures Carrie I Look forward to reading the next chapter in your life!
I thought these photos were pretty special too 🙂
I so love the look of Ideas Are All Around – I have to find that one! 🙂
It’s special. I think you will love it