Monday December 5th, 2016

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

Each week I share a reading photo of the week. These photos are from when our intermediate Resource Teacher, filling in for the K teacher (who didn’t get a substitute) brought the class upstairs and performed Hooray for Hat for my class! Doesn’t get much cuter! Picture book to the rescue!

Monday December 5th, 2016 There's a Book for That

Monday December 5th, 2016 There's a Book for That

We have continued to explore themes for our #classroombookaday titles. We had a week of silly.

Monday December 5th, 2016 There's a Book for That

And then a week of serious.

Monday December 5th, 2016 There's a Book for That

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:

Celebration: And then this happened . . . 

Books I enjoyed:

The Sound of Silence written by Katrina Goldsaito and illustrated by Julia Kuo

Okay, so, wow! This book is just incredibly beautiful in its simplicity – the search for silence. One to own and share and share again. The illustrations completely captivated me.


Imaginary Fred written by Eoin Colfer and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

I found this title quite charming. The importance of friendship, of being needed and of spending time doing things you love with someone who matters – whether real, imagined or somewhere in between.


Leave Me Alone by Vera Brosgol

Sometimes we really have to go to great lengths to get the peace and quiet we crave. Incredibly amusing.


 A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston

Those of us who have had a life seeped in literacy will find this love letter to stories very relatable.


Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis

The illustrations? Oh my! And the invented language – I can’t wait to try this as a read aloud. Such fun.


The Day I Became a Bird by Ingrid Chabbert and Guridi

I am utterly enamoured by the illustrations in this book about a boy willing to be a bird to attract the attention of the girl he swoons over.


Little Man by Elizabeth Mann

Albert is just plain short. After seeing stilt walkers perform on the Caribbean Island where he lives, he longs to be one of them. A lovely little middle grade read.


CaveBoy Dave: More Scrawny than Brawny by Aaron Reynolds and Phil McAndrew

Oh is this funny. I book talked this title in class and everyone wanted to read it! And . . . it’s a series. Lots of kid appeal here. And poop. There is lots of poop. I did say kid appeal right?


When Friendship Followed me Home by Paul Griffin

“What are you doing?” my husband asked as I cried out reading this book and threw it down multiple times. And then a few pages later, I was weeping. This book. Oh, this book. It’s beautiful and heartbreaking and a must, must read. I adored these characters and rooted for them all.


Reading Progress updates:

2016 Chapter Book Challenge: 59/75 complete

Goodreads Challenge: 314/400 books read

Progress on challenge: 56 books behind! Yikes – worse than last week!!

#MustReadin2016: 22/30 complete

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 43/100 titles

Diverse Books in 2016: 45/50 books read

Up next? Reading The Memory of Things by Gae Polisner. Wow, what a book!

34 thoughts on “Monday December 5th, 2016

  1. I’ll have to check out some of the picture books because I haven’t read them. I have been curious about Du Iz Tak. My students who have read Caveboy Dave have enjoyed it. I loved When Friendship Followed Me Home as well. It’s definitely one of those books that should come with a pack of tissues!

  2. I’ll have to read When Friendship Followed Me Home. It sounds like a good story and the reviews I’ve seen have been excellent. Great list of picture books as well. It’s given me a couple more things to order for our library.

  3. I love A Child of Books, one I have for me! And I have “friendship” from the library, will get to it soon! Thanks for all Carrie, love your book-a-day selections, too!

  4. I also loved A Child of Books–forgot that I’d read this one last week. (I’ve been struggling to keep my reading list up to date.) The illustrations were so magnificent, and of course I relate strongly to the theme. I really need to get Caveboy Dave for my son. He still gets a kick out of poop! When Friendship Followed Me Home is a title I haven’t seen before–off to research!

  5. I continue to love your blog and look forward to your book recommendations. Have you read the PB, CHARLOTTE AND THE QUIET PLACE by Deborah Sosin? Sounds like a good pairing for THE SOUND OF SILENCE.

  6. I adored When Friendship Followed Me Home. I gave it to one of our 6th grade teachers and she wants to use it for a book club. Most of your other books are on my list already, but some are new to me. Can’t wait to read Imaginary Fred! Thanks for sharing, Carrie!

  7. I will have to get A Child of Books. I keep seeing it pop up on lots of lists and always with good reviews. The Sound of Silence seems like one I’ll want too. Thanks!

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