It’s Monday! What are you reading?
Each week I share a reading photo of the week. My classroom is certainly not full of children and I have repacked many books so that floors can be waxed and shelves can be gathered. So it also looks like it is not full of books! This is what the stack of classroom collection titles looked like when I left them a week ago. Tomorrow I head in to put my read aloud titles (fiction and nonfiction) away in another area of the room where there are shelves and cupboards. Another stack of books in that area awaits me!!
And here is my reading spot last week – out on the balcony with my morning coffee on Pender Island. Just beautiful.
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:
We spent the last week away and so not much blogging has happened. I did manage a few posts since my last #IMWAYR:
Still processing my move in this Slice of Life: Giving away the Guilt
A “listen along” review of Ah-Choo! written by Lana Wayne Koeler and Gloria G. Adams
Books I enjoyed:
Some Writer! The Story of E.B. White by Melissa Sweet
I was lucky to have been passed an ARC of this lovely little title when I introduced Melissa Sweet in Bellingham in the spring at the Western Washington Children’s Literature Conference. I saved it (well, there was much peeking) until we went away this summer so I could read it in one sitting. It is fantastically good which, if you read the book is over the top wordy to just say what should be said in plain English: Go buy this book when it is released (October 4th, 2016) and then pass it on to everyone you know to read. That’s how good. As usual, Sweet knocked me over with her detailed illustrations and precisely chosen quotes and text.
Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere by Julie T. Lamana
I have wanted to read this book for a while but avoided it because I was afraid of the stress of experiencing this natural disaster through a young character’s experience. There were some difficult scenes, made especially hard because connecting to the characters happens quickly. A really well done title.
Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
This is more of a YA novel even though the young main character of Anna begins the book at eleven years old. This book is philosophical and dark. Full of the challenges, violence and absurdities of war but wrapped up in the story of only a few characters. As they travel over land, the reader travels in their heads. Such an introspective title. I quite enjoyed it.
Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand
This book is part fairy tale, part fantasy, part sadness, part mystery. Except not really. It might not be any of those things. It is a story of Finley Hart and one summer where she is sent to live with her extended family she doesn’t know. Captivating. Captured an endless summer feeling – with being at a home with cousins and grandparents and new found friends. Although, there are darker elements. Can see this being a fantastic book club title. Highly recommended.
Pax by Sara Pennypacker
Yes, really, as good as all of the raving. I fell hard for this story of Peter, Pax and Vola. Beautiful, emotional and raw. I had to keep reminding myself to breathe.
Some picture books:
Ah-Choo! is written by Lana Wayne Koeler and Gloria G. Adams with illustrations by Ken Min
I shared more details in my post a week or so ago. See link above.
Mary Had a Little Glam by Tammi Sauer with illustrations by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
I love how this title celebrates style but also honours the joy of play. Especially wonderful? The characters are beautifully diverse! I loved the illustrations. Even though this title plays with the Mary Had a Little lamb rhyme, it is the celebration of children that stands out to me here. I can see little ones adoring this book and wanting to hear it multiple times!
Rain Fish by Lois Ehlert
Of course this inspires all kinds of imagining about potential art projects with found objects. for this reason, this title is relevant right into high school even though the story would best be shared during a story time session.
Dig In! by Cindy Jenson-Elliot with illustrations by Mary Peterson
Who doesn’t want to literally lay their hands in the dirt after experiencing this book? Perfect for a classroom of primary students to launch a gardening unit. Introduces the concept that there is much happening in the soil (insects, worms, seeds, etc. )
Reading Progress updates:
2016 Chapter Book Challenge: 28/75 complete
Goodreads Challenge: 191/400 books read
#MustReadin2016: 20/30 complete
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 27/100 titles
Diverse Books in 2016: 25/50 books read
Up next? I am reading Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Peña