Monday July 25th, 2016

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!!

Monday July 25th, 2016 #IMWAYR

And here is my reading spot last week – out on the balcony with my morning coffee on Pender Island. Just beautiful.

Monday July 25th, 2016 #IMWAYR

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.

Some Writer! Monday July 25th, 2016 #IMWAYR

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.

Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere Monday July 25th, 2016 #IMWAYR

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.

Anna and the Swallow Man Monday July 25th, 2016 #IMWAYR

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.

Some Kind of Happiness Monday July 25th, 2016 #IMWAYR

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.

Pax-Sara-Pennypacker Monday July 25th, 2016 #IMWAYR

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.

 Ah-Choo! Monday July 25th, 2016 #IMWAYR

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!

Mary Had a Little Glam Monday July 25th, 2016 #IMWAYR

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.

Rain Fish Monday July 25th, 2016 #IMWAYR

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. )

Dig In! Monday July 25th, 2016 #IMWAYR


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

36 thoughts on “Monday July 25th, 2016

  1. Some Writer sounds like a book I’d like to read. I don’t know much about E.B. White’s life so I’m thinking it will be interesting. I liked Rain Fish – it made me want to gather some trash so I could give it to students to make some art.

  2. I read Pax this week as well and like your description. The other books sound really interesting, especially Some Kind of Happiness. Thanks for sharing!

  3. What a great assortment of books. I’ve added a few to my “must look for” list. Come see what my week was like here. Happy reading!

  4. I did love Pax, too, and envy you already having Some Writer-can’t wait for that one. I have Anna And The Swallow Man, but haven’t read it yet. Will look for Some Kind of Happiness, new to me. Love your “getaway” photo, looks gorgeous there. Ah, those boxes! Enjoy creating when you get to start!

  5. I’m so glad you’re able to relax and read on a vacation after all the work you’ve done to move your classroom books! You’ve got a great list of books for me to check out, for sure! I love the way Rain Fish encourages readers to look at the world with a new set of eyes. Have a wonderful week!

  6. I agree with you about Pax. What a book! And Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere is one of my favourites as well. I can hardly wait to read Some Writer! Charlotte’s Web was the first novel I remember a teacher reading out loud at school. I just put a hold on Some Kind of Happiness!
    We must get together sometime this summer!

  7. Ugh, I’m so jealous of your reading location!! I can’t wait to see your new classroom all set up and ready to go in September, I’m sure it’s going to be fantastic. Rain Fish would really make for some fun classroom activities, though I have to say some of those fish look pretty creepy…!!

  8. I had the same reaction to Pax – a book to love, for sure. Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere was a great read – there really aren’t that many books about Katrina, which is sad. Some Kind of Happiness is now on my TBR list – thanks for sharing, Carrie!

  9. I also can’t wait for Some Writer–every Melissa Sweet title is a must-buy for me, but I especially love books about artists and writers because I have so many opportunities to share those in a wide variety of the courses I teach (not just children’s lit). I love spreading the PB love! I might get Pax from the library this week–I’ve been waiting for just the right reading mood.

  10. I can’t wait to dig into Some Writer! I got a copy at ALA and like you said, itchy fingers have gone through it a few times, but I haven’t had the time to give it the full attention it deserves.
    I picked up Some Kind of Happiness at the library but ended up returning it unread. Not because I didn’t like it, but I have too many books that need to be read to be passed on to students. This one would be a bit beyond their reach, but I would like to get to it for me at some point!

  11. Some Writer is an excellent book. A treasure, really. I got an ARC at my library convention and read it in one sitting. The text and illustrations are so complimentary and fascinating. A new favorite book for me!

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