Monday February 13th, 2017

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

Each week I share a reading photo of the week. Here are three.

Early morning and my room fills up with students reading books with each other. How I love this!

Monday February 13th, 2017

Student led conferences often included a read aloud from a favourite one or two Mock Caldecott titles. The Night Gardener is being shared here.

Monday February 13th, 2017

Finding a reading nook 🙂

Monday February 13th, 2017

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:

For Nonfiction 10 for 10: Dive Down Deep


Books I enjoyed:

The Tree: A Fable by Neal Layton

There is something wonderfully powerful about this title. Powerful and refreshing. How do we share a natural space? Would pair perfectly with Where’s the Elephant? by Barroux


Tony by Ed Galing and illustrated by Erin E Stead

Oh these illustrations. Gentle. Lovely.


I Am Not a Chair! by Ross Burach

Wonderfully hilarious. A book about being who you are and being courageous enough to make sure others know it.


Nope! A Tale of First Flight by Drew Sheneman

Basically wordless. First flight can seem terrifying and a well executed “nope” should be respected, shouldn’t it?


The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! by Carmen Agra Deedy and illustrated by Eugene Yelchin

So if you are going picture book shopping, this title needs to go on the top of your list. Don’t leave the store without it. I couldn’t. An allegorical tale that will make you giggle and nod vigorously and leap up and shout in agreement. Our voices cannot be silenced. Oh, this book is timely. Cannot recommend it enough.


Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima

Who we are, where we belong, how big all of this can be. Lovely little book.


A Greyhound, a Groundhog written by Emily Jenkins and illustrated by Chris Appelhans

A beautiful book. Wonderfully playful illustrations. Wonderfully playful word play. Find a group of little ones and read this aloud!


Earthling by Mark Fearing

Don’t get on the wrong bus! What a fun graphic novel! This will be a well read, well loved title in my classroom.


The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Wow. Yes, this is a YA love story but it’s more than that. Love stories don’t often hold my interest. This book is a story of being ridiculously human. About hope and faith and choices and kindness. About family and responsibility and dreams.


I have also been reading a lot for the Cybils awards (nonfiction category) Winners will be announced tomorrow!


Reading Progress updates:

2017 Chapter Book Challenge: 8/75 complete

Goodreads Challenge: 44/365 books read

Progress on challenge: 2 books ahead of schedule

#MustReadin2017: 5/30 complete

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 10/50 titles

Diverse Books in 2016: 6/50 books read

U next>I am reading Finding Perfect by Elly Swartz

30 thoughts on “Monday February 13th, 2017

  1. Earthling does like a book that will get passed hand to hand, never returning to the shelf. As always, a great collection of picture books. Identity seemed to be a theme in a few of them. I have gone back and forth on picking up Nicola Yoon, and will likely continue to do so. You have swayed me a little. Thanks for the post.

  2. Ack. Tony’s illustrations remind me of a picture book I had as a child– the parents went on vacation and left the child with a box with a cracker for every day they were gone. I have it in my attic, but it’s going to bug me! Isn’t it funny how evocative an illustration style can be?

  3. I just finally got Tony from the library, long list of holds! Must find The Tree and I Am Not A Chair, for very different reasons. Thanks for all, Carrie, & have a great week!

  4. I haven’t read any of these picture books and they all look amazing! Thanks for sharing these recommendations! (And I’m glad you loved The Sun is Also a Star–it’s just such a beautiful book!)

  5. Earthling was a very popular graphic novel in the library, although I never read it. The Sun is Also a Star is one of my must reads for this year. I’m really thankful to hear that it is such a worthwhile read. I’m not crazy about love stories either.

  6. So many of these looks like they were made for me! I Am Not a Chair looks just perfect, and The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet sounds delightful – humour is such an important element for my programs, so these both look perfect – on to the library holds list they go! 🙂

  7. Love The Sun Is Not a Star!!
    You have some picture books I’ve been looking for – I Am Not a Chair, The Rooster Who Would Not be Quiet, Not Quite Narwahl, and Tony are all on my look for list!

  8. I love the art style of Greyhound/Groundhog, I’d like to read that one! Earthling was on the Maine Student Book Award list a few years back 😉 Sci-fi is my least favorite genre, but I found it tolerable. Ha! My copy is about to fall apart-kids DO love it!

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