Monday October 31st, 2016

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

Each week I share a reading photo of the week. This week I snapped a photo of brothers visiting my room in the morning before school and reading together. It doesn’t get much cuter than this.

 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

We have continued to explore themes for our #classroombookaday titles. What theme do you see in these titles?

 #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

And these? Just in time for Halloween! (Sorry for the blurry image) #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

I actually blogged this week! Sharing celebrations of my growing learning community here.

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.

IMWAYR 2015

Books I enjoyed:

Dreams of Freedom in Words and Pictures by Amnesty International

I love the possibilities this book offers us in our potential conversations about human rights and freedom. Beautiful, beautiful illustrations.

dreams-of-freedom

Because of an Acorn by Lola M. Schaefer and Adam Schaefer with illustrations by Frann Preston-Ganon

An acorn is the beginning. A story of the Earth, environment, nature and the possibility of a tree. Such beautiful art.

because-of-an-acorn

The Water Princess by Susan Verde and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

This might be my favourite title by this author/illustrator pairing. I wish it had existed when I was studying water and access to water with my class last year as it would have been a wonderful complement to the titles I shared with the students. The illustrations here are incredible.

the-water-princess

The Storyteller by Evan Turk

Speaking of incredible illustrations – I don’t even have words. This will be part of my #MockCaldecott2017 list for sure. I am in absolute awe. Storytelling is the theme – told through stunning art, a visual journey and a tale that weaves into another tale into another . . .

the-storyteller-by-evan-turk

 The Great Pet Escape by Victoria Jamieson

A fun early graphic series. These little school pets have some big personalities.

the-great-pet-escape

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Impossible to put down. Impossible to not bemoan that the next title is not yet published. Impossible to not visit a myriad of emotions on every page. Absolutely one of my favourite middle grade titles of the year. Everything from Jason Reynolds is 5 glowing stars.

ghost

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey

This was gifted to me by my mother in law and I was waiting for the right mood to hit so I could sit and savour this little book. For those that love nature, who believe in the power of deep thought and introspection, who realize that life and health is some kind of miracle, this book is a must read. A rare adult read for me. So very special.

the-sound-of-a-wild-snail-eating

Reading Progress updates:

2016 Chapter Book Challenge: 48/75 complete

Goodreads Challenge: 283/400 books read

#MustReadin2016: 22/30 complete

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 37/100 titles

Diverse Books in 2016: 33/50 books read

I am currently almost finished Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

 

15 thoughts on “Monday October 31st, 2016

  1. Ghost is still one I’m wishing for, but have too many others to read first. What great books Jason Reynolds has given us so far! I loved Because of An Acorn, a beautiful book as you said. Thanks for sharing that last one, Carrie. I put it on my list! Happy Halloween!

  2. Wonderful list of books, as always! I cannot wait for the next book in the Ghost series, just loved this first one.
    I read Because of An Acorn about 6 times this past week. I used it as part of a Woodlands Day our school is doing. Loved the cause/effect relationships it showed. Didn’t have time to blog about it this week, maybe next!

  3. I’m being more selective in the picture books I read these days but The Water Princess is one I want to get my hands on. I admit that you have convinced me to add The Storyteller to that list as well. I’m waiting for ghost to become available from the VPL!

  4. Now I have to read the snail book. I want to get my hands on The Water Princess. It looks beautiful. I just read The Storyteller. I enjoyed the story and the artwork.

  5. I’ve ordered The Stoyteller for sometime now, but it hasn’t arrived in my doorstep yet, so am avidly waiting for it. Love the look of the Snail novel too. 🙂

  6. Every time I see pictures of your classroom and read your reviews, I wish I taught across the hall and could pop in for conversations throughout the day. Happy teaching, Ruth

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