It’s Monday! What are you reading?
Each week I share a reading photo of the week. During the summer, these photos will be about getting my classroom library up and running for a room full of readers in September. Moving spaces and grade levels and sourcing bookshelves has been a lot of work!
So basically going from this (the classroom collection of books sat in these boxes until the floors were done and I could completely unpack).
To the beginning of unpacking and organizing . . .
One shelf all ready for books – this will be where nonfiction titles end up.
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:
For Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Titles I would buy right this second
Books I enjoyed:
Return by Aaron Becker
This trilogy is very special. I love each book for particular reasons. This title must be experienced so that you can see how it continues the stories started in the first two titles. I think this cover image is my favourite of the three.
Explorers of the Wild by Cale Atkinson
This has a Blueberries for Sal vibe to it. Since that was my favourite book from my childhood, I will say I loved many elements in this title!
The Not So Quiet Library by Zachariah Ohora
Non-book-appreciating monsters do not make for a peaceful reading environment. Let’s just say that all works out in the end and that there is a lot of book love in this book!
Tidy by Emily Gravett
Now, I must admit, I do appreciated tidy and neat environments. But, I can also be productive with mess all around me. This title shows us what happens when we want the wrong locations to be too neat and clean.
Madeline Finn and the Library Dog by Lisa Papp
When a little one hates reading because reading does not come easily . . . When there is an opportunity to read aloud to a dog . . . Lots can shift with the right opportunities.
It Came in the Mail by Ben Clanton
This book is absolutely delightful. Since actual letters and personal mail is quite the novelty in this day and age, surprises arriving by post really are special. Maybe too much so . . .
The Toad by Elise Gravel
The seventh in the Disgusting Critters collection – I was thrilled to find this at the bookstore the other day!
Marty McGuire Has Too Many Pets! by Kate Messner
I think I might like this Marty McGuire title best of all. Marty is so earnest and often has the worst luck but I sure appreciate her spirit. A wonderful series of early middle grade novels.
Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois written by Amy Novesky and illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault
I featured this title for nonfiction Wednesday – see the link above. Just stunning.
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
Okay, yes, it’s true. I had never read this book. I own two copies. My children have read this book. But me, nope! And then I picked it up and didn’t put it down. I have a class of grade 4/5s this fall and want to make sure I am up to date on many middle grade titles. This is middle grade perfection.
As Brave as You by Jason Reynolds
Jason Reynolds writes incredible characters. Unforgettable believable characters. In this middle grade title, he delivers characters and relationships in a rich, quietly humorous story full of questions, wisdom and love.
Reading Progress updates:
2016 Chapter Book Challenge: 31/75 complete
Goodreads Challenge: 213/400 books read
#MustReadin2016: 20/30 complete
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 31/100 titles
Diverse Books in 2016: 26/50 books read
Up next? I am reading a number of titles including Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart