Monday December 19th, 2016

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

Each week I share a reading photo of the week. This week I have two! Since I will be without students for a bit, I thought I should share an extra one.

This photo was taken about 20 minutes before school began on the last day before the break. Story time led by a Grade 6 student from next door. This scene brings me a lot of joy.

Monday December 19th, 2016

Could this face be any more serious? Which is wonderfully ironic as he had just told me:

“Oh I am just so happy. I finally learned how to speak Cave Man.”

Seriously, this kid! Made my whole day.

Monday December 19th, 2016

And one more self-portrait as I still haven’t recovered from how talented my students happen to be.

Monday December 19th, 2016

We have continued to explore themes for our #classroombookaday titles. This week we read some of my favourite holiday/winter themed books.

Monday December 19th, 2016

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:

I shared the twenty 2016 titles I think a Grade 4 & 5 library must have here

Twenty 2016 titles your Grade 4 and 5 classroom library must have! There's a Book for That

Celebration: A special morning read aloud It’s taken a term and my new school is feeling like home!

Books I enjoyed:

 Penguin Problems by Jory John and Lane Smith

A quietly comical tale of pessimism and getting back on track. Well at least mostly . . .


The Cranky Ballerina by Elise Gravel

We all just need to find our thing. Charming.


The Bossier Baby by Marla Frazee

What happens when baby number two comes on the scene? This. Exactly this.


How This Book was Made written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Adam Rex

Incredibly clever and thoroughly informative. Learn all about book publishing while being completely entertained.


The Artist and Me written by Shane Peacock and illustrated by Sophie Casson

A serious story of how Van Gogh was perceived and treated in a small French town. This book just made me so sad. Would need to be unpacked with kids.


Best in Snow by April Pulley Sayre

I am so happy I read this on a very snowy day – it made it all the more magical. And magical it is!


Cleopatra in Space:Target Practice by Mike Maihack

I know this series is going to be very popular in my classroom when I introduce it in the new year. A graphic tale full of adventure, action and Cleopatra!


Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood by Liesl Shurtliff

Full of delicious magic, sweet honey, the complications of friendship and the stories that weave all around us, this is part adventure, part fairy tale and part testament to the connections we have to each other over a lifetime. A special story, Ms. Shurtliff!


Reading Progress updates:

2016 Chapter Book Challenge: 63/75 complete

Goodreads Challenge: 334/400 books read

Progress on challenge: 51 books behind! Still can’t break that 50 mark!

#MustReadin2016: 23/30 complete

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 45/100 titles

Diverse Books in 2016: 47/50 books read

Up next? Gertie’s Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley


18 thoughts on “Monday December 19th, 2016

  1. I really liked Jack, too. There are a lot of fairy tale novels, but few with boys as the main characters. Nice to see once in a while. I never think to put out snow or Christmas books, not that I have many. Did do holidays around the world last week!

  2. Red is my favorite of Shurtliff’s series. I hope she’ll have a new book out soon: my son LOVES this series. Artist and Me is on hold for me at the library right now, although I don’t know if I can take a sad-making book! I have loved every book by April Pulley Sayre that I’ve seen, and Best in Snow looks gorgeous. I think your students’ self-portraits should be in galleries somewhere, because they are AMAZING. Wow.

  3. Wonderful books this week, as always 🙂
    I’m glad you’re starting to feel settled and have a positive feeling in your new school. What a weight off your shoulders!
    Let us know when we’re updating and posting our next #mustread lists. I’m falling short, as always, but will keep at it!

  4. Penguin Problems is too funny. Emily Arrow even did a song about penguins in her Facebook Live holiday special and focused on that book. I had to smile.

  5. Since I’m out of the library my picture book reading life has been seriously neglected. I appreciate the vicarious thrill I get reading your posts about all these lovely books. I’m expecting a box of books to arrive just after Christmas for The Chocolate Lily awards and am looking forward to all these picture books! In the new year I’m definitely comping for a visit!

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