It’s Monday! What are you reading?
Each week I share a reading photo of the week. This week I got a little carried away 🙂
Here is a photo of Reading Workshop taken in the last week of school. Nothing makes e happier than readers reading.
One day last week I snuck into school to label some new to my class books ready to be book talked in January. Here’s to thieving from our family bookshelves and some great new purchases!
Christmas gift bookstack (my children’s haul)
And for Elisabeth Ellington, one more student self-portrait
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:
Favourites of 2016 – No more than 16 words about 16 favourite books
Books I enjoyed:
The Snurtch written by Sean Ferrell and illustrated by Charles Santoso
Well, if we all have a Snurtch – and I suppose we do – I would hope that mine is this cute. A charming story that reminds us of all the emotions and moods inside of us.
Blue Penguin by Petr Horáček
This is beautifully illustrated! My librarian friend and I went for coffee the other day but we started our visit at the bookshelf where we stood in the picture book section and helped strangers choose gifts for children and grandchildren. Something for a 3 year old? We both reached for Petr Horáček. And penguins?! Can’t go wrong.
The Polar Bear by Jenni Desmond
To say that I am more than happy that Desmond is going to create a series of books on endangered animals is an understatement. Each is a treasure. This one was my holiday gift to myself. A must own title.
The Journey by Francesca Sanna
The art. The sentiments. The story. This is a collage of a collection of stories of people migrating from one home in search of another. A beautiful, important book.
The Bear Who Wasn’t There by LeUyen Pham
Go looking for a bear and you just might not find him. But lots of giggles are on every page as you meet a cast of cheeky characters.
Gertie’s Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley
Many endearing characters. Gertie, of course and her Aunt Rae. The only thing holding me back from 5 stars for this title is that Gertie’s personality didn’t quite match her age. She seemed younger and it distracted me. Still, looking forward to more from Kate Beasley.
A Whole New Ballgame by Phil Binder
This was a real find! Can’t wait to include this series in my classroom collection. I loved the friendship between Rip and Red. So much loyalty, faith and understanding between these characters.
LumberJanes: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson
A little too wacky, colourful and busy for my tastes but I know this graphic series is throughly enjoyed by middle grade readers.
Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass
Looking for more mystery titles for my students and realized I hadn’t read this one by Mass. Really enjoyed the friendship here and Jeremy’s search for all kinds of answers.
The Odds of Getting Even by Sheila Turnage
A think a perfect summer would be to rent a little house in Tupelo Landing so that I could spy on Mo and Dale and get a closer look at their adventures. Love these books! (And yes, I know this is a fictional world but after three titles, it all seems so real)
Reading Progress updates:
2016 Chapter Book Challenge: 68/75 complete
Goodreads Challenge: 348/400 books read
Progress on challenge: 45 books behind! Under 50 books to go . . .
#MustReadin2016: 24/30 complete
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 47/100 titles
Diverse Books in 2016: 49/50 books read
Up next? I am working on The Raven King – likely my last #mustreadin2016 I will manage to get to! I started this book in the summer but had to put it down when school got busy – it needs uninterrupted reading time.
Agree with you on Lumberjanes, but it seemed more high school to me. Wanted to slap Gertie, so that distracted me!A Whole New Ballgame does well in my school.
True – Lumberjanes would be enjoyed at high school but have seen students in Grade 4 and 5 carrying it around at my school.
Lumberjanes also didn’t work for me. Pity, as I’m always looking for a GN series to love. I had a hard time putting my finger on what didn’t work–your word, “busy,” comes closest to pinpointing it. I’ve got several of these PBs from the library right now. Very excited about Polar Bear and Journey. Just put a hold on the latest Tupelo Landing book: I’m ready to go there with you! Love this series, love the writing, characters, voice. The cover of The bear Who Wasn’t There, with its spoiler alert, made me giggle. Thanks for the painting photo! So haunting.
Before they retired, my mother was a nurse and my father was a gardener. They were always getting questions from friends and family about health complaints and plant troubles. Now that I’m a librarian I get questions about book recommendations, but since I love booktalking, I couldn’t be happier! 🙂
I can imagine! Love this little story 🙂
The Snurtch seems interesting. Lumberjanes was kind of a let down for me but I guess it sells without me recommending it so I’m not too bothered.
Funny Lumberjanes – someone must be loving it! Not sure who exactly the audience is though . . .
Yay Jeremy Fink! I love that book 🙂
I did like Lumberjanes, but I actually have trouble getting my middle schoolers to read it…
Ball game looks good! What age is it for?
And loved your 2016 best list!!!
Happy reading this week 🙂
Thanks Kellee! A Whole New Ballgame is definitely middle grade – I think it will be very popular in my Grade 4 & 5 class – characters are in 5th grade.