It’s Monday! What are you reading?
Each week I share a reading photo of the week. Here is the first reading photo of students in my new room! This group loves to read and they literally perch all around the room and get lost in their books.
For our first #classroombookaday titles, I chose a theme around self. Students described this theme in a variety of ways: “Be who you are.” “Be you.” “Don’t be afraid to be your true self.”
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:
Slice of Life: Knowing and Not Knowing (Written the night before my first day of school)
Celebration: Week One in the Land of the New
Books I enjoyed:
The Whale by Ethan Murrow and Vita Murrow
Such an interesting concept for a picture book – the story is revealed through a combination of dense, dark wordless pages (absolutely stunning) and details and further elements to the story shared through newspaper clippings at either end of the book. Quite the experience. I was fascinated.
The Listzs by Kyo Maclear and illustrated by Júlia Sardà (coming in October)
I used this book on the first teaching day with the students I taught before we switched classes. It’s quirky with gorgeous illustrations and prompts wonderful list making (which we spent the morning doing). A great book to share with intermediate students who appreciate all the lovely language in the lists. Highly recommended.
The Menino: A Story Based on Real Events by Isol (translated by Elisa Amado)
Oh this book. Life with a baby and life as a baby revealed in this wonderful book. Captures how little ones transform and enchant.
Leaping Lemmings! written by John Biggs and illustrated by Nicola Slater
So if you were a lemming and all of the lemmings were going to jump off a cliff, it would be the thing to do, yes? Yes! Well, actually, no. Hold on! Lemmings all act and think alike. But is there another way? I loved all of the speech bubbles and the interesting illustrations in this title. Larry the lemming is a hero of sorts.
Even Superheroes Have Bad Days written by Shelly Becker and illustrated by Eda Kaban
We all need to use our powers for good and a bad day or a bad mood is not an excuse to do otherwise. This is a fun rhyming book about managing big emotions. Younger primary classes will relate to the message. Older groups will love the super hero antics!
Like Bug Juice on a Burger by Julie Sternberg with illustrations by Matthew Cordell
First sleep away camp can be full of emotions. This little illustrated chapter book captures them so very well.
Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke
So, well, I will start with a warning: Waiting for the sequel will feel unbearable! This book! Ben Hatke just keeps getting better. I haven’t seen this book since I brought it into my classroom. It is currently the “it” book in my room and for good reason. Relatable and fantastical all at once.
Saving the Whole Wide World (Hilo 2) by Judd Winick
I love these titles and so do my students. Funny, quirky and action packed!
Legends of Zita the Space Girl by Ben Hatke
Zita is another favourite character! This book is nonstop action. I was exhausted keeping up but thoroughly entertained.
Reading Progress updates:
2016 Chapter Book Challenge: 40/75 complete
Goodreads Challenge: 253/400 books read
#MustReadin2016: 20/30 complete
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 32/100 titles
Diverse Books in 2016: 30/50 books read
Up next? I am still reading The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (so good) and have a number of other titles on the go.
I’ve loved all the Julie Sternberg books, glad to know of this latest one, Carrie. Will look for The Liszts when it comes out-sounds great. Have another wonderful week!
And you Linda!
Good Morning Carrie,
Looks like you’re off to a great start and as always I can’t up with you. Although I have to say I went book shopping and in my collection I bought “Even Super Heroes Have a Bad Day” and loved it! The Whale as piqued my interest will definitely look for it! Have a great day!
Thanks Lisa – I don’t feel like I am keeping up at all so much appreciated that it might appear that I am!
I am intrigued by the book The Liszts because I played classical piano for 13 years so I’m curious how much (if anything) this has to do with Franz Liszt.
I will let you see – will say it is wonderfully quirky!
The Liszts looks wonderful, and I’m a sucker for picture books that help me teach writing. I am so excited about a new Hilo book AND a new Ben Hatke! Hooray!
Leaping Lemmings is so cute! And those are some exciting graphic novels you’ve got there – I know a few kids at least who are going to be super excited to get their hands on a new Hilo book!
I’ll have to get Mighty Jack. Just from the preview on Amazon it looks amazing! I love the kind of books that fly off the shelves!
Never even stays landed on the shelf! Constantly being read!
Always glad to know that there is a new Hilo book – my kids love them!
I can’t wait to get to Mighty Jack! It’s sitting on my nightstand now!
I like seeing your new reading pictures. It will take a bit getting used to, seeing older readers!
I love that you have a group of avid readers this year. I loved Mighty Jack and can’t wait to see what happens next. I also adore that Sternberg series. The Leaping Lemmings title reminded me of a Lemming, computer game my boys played when they were younger. Even Randy got hooked on it.
What a variety! I need the superhero book for sure. I love Zita and Hilo. Will have to get Mighty Jack soon.
I’ve added The Listzs to my list of books to read! I love a book that prompts a good classroom activity! Thanks for sharing!
I just read Isol’s Menino this week – isn’t it just beautiful?! Will definitely add The Listzs to my list. 🙂 Love the alliteration there.