It’s Monday! What are you reading?
Each week I share a reading photo of the week. As we were off this past few weeks, I have a photo of a bookstore visit to the incredible Munro’s Books in Victoria B.C. Here is part of the picture book display.
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.
With Spring Break and being away for a few days I missed last week’s IMWAYR so this post captures 2 weeks of reading.
On the blog:
Continued Slice of Life posts mean daily posting:
Missing Primary: Slice of Life #26 I love Grade 4 and 5 but I miss the little ones
Shopping: Slice of Life #25 I am not a good shopper
So far: Slice of Life #24 So far from a year ago
Rain: Slice of Life #23 Caught in a deluge
Quiet Things: Slice of Life #22 The quiet things I love
Chapter book Challenges: Slice of Life #21 How we support students moving into chapter books
Writing cheats: Slice of Life #20 Words still eluding me
Missing words: Slice of Life #19 Writing steals my reading time
Simply easier: Slice of Life #18 Preparing to write about teaching before? Maybe soon
Slightly Awkward: Slice of Life #17 Thinking about the work that change in our practice involves
Mud: Slice of Life #16 Nothing to write about
For nonfiction Wednesday, Nic Bishop’s newest: Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday: Penguin Day – A Family Story
Capturing play: Slice of Life #15 The importance of play
Sometimes Guilt: Slice of Life #14 Sometimes, thinking back to leaving my previous school brings guilt.
The little girl I should have taught: Slice of Life #13 Thinking about a child who should have been in my class
Books I enjoyed:
Triangle by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen
Love the way these two partner up to make us smile and wonder and shake our heads. Little bits of sneaky. Lots of funny. And always, the stunning artwork from Klassen.
A Walk in the Forest by Maria Dek
Oh this book. Visually it is absolutely stunning. If this doesn’t make you want to wander through the woods and use every sense . . .
Shy by Deborah Freedman
Underneath a very sweet story is permission to be just who you are.
Rain by Sam Usher
Gorgeous rain. The pages seem slightly drowned. The images feel like they are full of puddles. And a lovely little story about a boy and his Grandpa.
A Unicorn Named Sparkle by Amy Young
More than an “I want a pet” story. This is “I want a unicorn story” With big expectations come big disappointments. And then, big love.
Life on Mars by Jon Agee
Not really about Mars. More about set up and surprises and wanting something to be so. Really liked this one.
Dear Dragon written by Josh Funk and illustrated by Rodolfo Montalvo
Charming and full of all kinds of classroom possibilities. Writing to a pen pal becomes even more exciting when you begin to share more and more about yourself. What happens when the chance to meet in “person” happens? Told in rhyming letters, there is a lot to this little picture book.
Egg by Kevin Henkes
I have a thing about picture books where the egg plays a starring role. This one is especially wonderful.
Squirrels Leap, Squirrels Sleep written by April Pulley Sayre and illustrated by Steve Jenkins
For years, I have made it clear that I do not like squirrels. At all. They steal my daffodil bulbs. They have tried to burrow into my house. They make feeding birds a battle. So, I wasn’t sure about how I would feel about a title devoted to these creatures. Must admit, I kind of loved it and I learned a lot. But, I still do not like squirrels.
Feathers and Hair, What Animals Wear written by Jennifer Ward and illustrated by Jing Jing Tsong
This is a must experience it yourself nonfiction title. Really incredible illustrations. Would be a beautiful addition to any school or classroom library.
Completely Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
I have been putting off reading the final Clementine title because I didn’t want to say goodbye. We found Clementine as an audio book years ago when my children were smaller and went on to read all of the titles. In fact, I have read all but 2 titles aloud to my children. At 14, they weren’t going to sit through this one but I am excited to share it with students who I know have been Clementine fans.
Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson
A story of hope.Of family. Of observations. What a lovely read.
Scar Island by Dan Gemeinhart
Dramatic and hard to put down. There were parts of this story I found absolutely creepy. Kids who love action driven books will love this story. I am a big fan of Gemeinhart. This is not my favourite of his three so far published titles. But definitely an action packed read.
Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Holly Goldberg Sloan has a way of showcasing characters in stories that we don’t always see together. This is what I loved about Counting by 7s – the diversity of characters who were in each other’s lives. In Short, it is all about friendships between generations. It’s also about a play and all of the wonderful behind the scenes preparations. I fell in love with the characters here. A must read middle grade novel!
Reading Progress updates:
2017 Chapter Book Challenge: 17/75 complete
Goodreads Challenge: 94/365 books read
Progress on challenge: 11 books ahead of schedule!
#MustReadin2017: 8/30 complete
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 17/50 titles
Diverse Books in 2016: 13/50 books read
Up next? I am reading The Scourge by Jennifer A. Nielsen
What a great list of books! I have many of these on my TBR list. Shy was a definite favorite of mine when we looked at it during our mock Caldecott. Hope you have a great week of reading!
“Rain” just sounds like the perfect read for anyone in the Pacific Northwest right about now! And I’m so looking forward to Life on Mars, I love the deceptive simplicity of Jog Agee’s picture books.
I shared Feathers today, too, loved the story of that loving family. And I loved Shy, think it would be a good one to share and see what kids think. Need to read Short, and so many others! Thanks for all, Carrie!
Wow, busy reading AND writing week for you! Looking forward to Triangle and A Walk in the Forest especially. (Loved Egg.)
I love that we read and got the same response from Scar Island and Short. I loved Egg also. Such a delightful message of inclusion. I haven’t read any of the other picture books but want to read Rain. As Jane said, here on the Pacific coast it’s our daily reality.
I am going to try to check out Rain and Triangle very soon. I laughed when I saw the pic you took of the Klassen display at Munro’s on Twitter. I took the same picture a few days earlier when my family traveled to Victoria!
I also really enjoyed Dear Dragon, and my wife borrowed it to use with her primary classes and they loved it too.
Love Love Love Egg. One of my favorite books of 2017 so far. 🙂
The picture from Munroe’s Bookstore is so inviting. It just begs readers to take the books off of the shelves. We loved Shy and thought it was a great book to foster conversations about personification.
As usual you’ve given me new titles to look for! I’m so thankful for your many picture book reviews! Have a great week!
More love for Short! Woohoo! And a play?? I’m sold. Really looking forward to finding it soonest.
I’m excited to get Triangle. I loved Shy. I like the look of the Squirrel book and the Feathers & Hair book. Nonfiction is so interesting nowadays.