It’s Monday! What are you reading?
Each week I share a reading photo of the week. This one is my favourite this week. One child. A new book. Time standing still as he wasn’t going to move until that book was done.
Our #classroombookaday titles continue to focus on some important themes as we explore home – leaving, losing, finding, coping . . .
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 continue to celebrate our Mock Caldecott process: Celebration: More Mock Caldecott Love This post is told mostly through tweets and images – including some amazing art by my students.
*Particularly exciting? This post is very much about Aaron Becker and our Skype conversation with him and he commented on the post!
Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday: Swimming with Sharks
Books I enjoyed:
It wasn’t intentional but it seems I read mostly poetry picture books this week.
I Hear a Pickle: and Smell, See, Touch, & Taste It, Too! by Rachel Isadora
Playful and simple exploration of the five senses. Fun for little ones. Perfect for young writers.
Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems by Bob Raczka
Poems are shaped and arranged in creative ways all over the page. A delightful experience bringing meaning to all of it through the images and text.
Beastly Verse illustrated by Joohee Yoon
The poems are from Lewis Carroll, William Blake, Robert Desnos, Hilaire Belloc, William Cowper, Christina Rossetti, and D.H. Lawrence. The art? Well, wow. Colour and wild and imagination are all over these pages. Absolutely fantastical!
When We Collided by Emery Lord
A 2017 Schneider Family Book Award winner. Love. Family Mental health. Grief. Our human capacity to be broken and find ways to heal.
Every Single Second by Tricia Springstubb
I actually found myself getting angry reading this book as I wasn’t prepared for how difficult and emotional a read this was going to be. This title touches on so much from friendship to family to community dynamics. So many things are explored: trust, loyalty, commitment, forgiveness, judgement, prejudice, love. A powerful middle grade read.
Reading Progress updates:
2017 Chapter Book Challenge: 7/75 complete
Goodreads Challenge: 30/365 books read
Progress on challenge: 5 books behind schedule
#MustReadin2017: 4/30 complete
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 8/50 titles
Diverse Books in 2016: 3/50 books read
Up Next? Almost finished The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon and then moving on to my huge stack of books that all just arrived for me at the library! But Scar Island that I just bought is kind of calling my name!
Your post inspired me to already go on and request Every Single Second and When We Collided from my library. I LOVED The Sun is Also a Star! Your Mock Caldecott/author Skype were awesome–can’t wait to try something similar next year!
It was really fantastic!
I agree with you about Every Single Second. It’s an important book, especially given the times.
I Hear a Pickle sounds fun. I don’t know much about what Every Single Second is about, but it sounds worth reading.
I need to find I Hear A Pickle, sounds delightful for young ones, Carrie. I’d forgotten about Every Single Second, an interesting and serious read for middle grades. Have a good week!
I Hear a Pickle perfect for little ones!
I’m loving all these poetry books! It’s so wonderful to be able to share poetry in such creative, imaginative and playful ways with young readers and budding poets.
My kiddos loved Meow Ruff as far as books of concrete poems go.
Thanks for the title
Loved the way you captured the student excitement and their learning process in your post about skyping with Aaron Becker. What an amazing experience for your students – Thanks for sharing
It really was! Thanks for reading.
Every Single Second is a very special book – great discussions have always flowed from kids who have read this one.
I can imagine.
Glad you enjoyed When We Collided. I was glad to hear it won the Schneider Family Book Award.
Yes, I love the Schneider selections always!
I really want to read When We Collided. It has been on my list for TOO LONG! I need to get to it! 🙂
It’s a great read. Hope you enjoy.
I just borrowed When We Collided from our library as it is perfect for our upcoming reading theme – your review just moved it up to my TBR stack. 🙂 Thanks for reminding of Sarah Stewart and David Small’s The Quiet Place! 🙂
Such a lovely book – The Quiet Place.
Loved Wet Cement! Requesting When We Collided and Every Single Second. I’ll miss seeing you at the Bellingham conference since it conflicts with our book club retreat. Maybe next year.
I hope so!
Your blog is so incredible…
Thanks so much Loralee!