Monday May 22nd, 2017

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

Each week I share a  reading photo of the week.  Or two 🙂

These two are pointing out that we just have the first six titles in this series and . . . don’t I feel like doing a little book shopping? Because there are more titles . . . Hint. Hint. How can I resist?


Kids and books are everywhere during buddy reading!


#classroombookaday photo We have been travelling the world learning about biomes, ecosystems, evolution, endangered animals, etc. Love nonfiction books!


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.


Books I enjoyed:

The Red Bicycle: The Extraordinary Story of One Ordinary Bicycle written by Jude Isabella and illustrated by Simone Shin

This Citizen Kid title would make an excellent read aloud in the classroom. One very special bicycle makes its way from North America to West Africa.

Melvis and Elvis written by Dennis Lee and illustrated by Jeremy Tankard

My children were raised on Dennis Lee! I love sharing his work in the classroom too and this title will find a spot next to all of our other Dennis Lee titles in the poetry section on our shelves. Lots of silly here!

The Case of the Stinky Stench written by Josh Funk and illustrated by Brendan Kearney

Another full out fridge adventure. Some suspicious stenches accompany Josh Funk’s delightful rhyming text. Another winner!

My Canada: An Illustrated Atlas by Katherine Dearlove and illustrated by Lori Joy Smith

Can’t wait to share this one in my classroom. Perfect title for students to navigate.

Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly

This might be my favourite title so far by Kelly. Four main characters and some delightful supporting roles (love Virgil’s Lola). Unique characters here. Individual. Lonely. Determined. A highly, highly recommended middle grade read.

Reading Progress updates:

2017 Chapter Book Challenge: 26/75 complete

Goodreads Challenge: 129/365 books read

Progress on challenge: 11 books behind schedule

#MustReadin2017: 15/30 complete

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 21/50 titles

Diverse Books in 2016: 20/50 books read

Up next? I have a few titles on the go including Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel by Kimberly Willis Holt and See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng

11 thoughts on “Monday May 22nd, 2017

  1. Notebook of Doom is very popular in my class. I will have to check out Hello, Universe. The cover alone would have me interested. I love Josh Funk’s Refrigerator Series. I hope he writes more.

  2. Notebook(s) of Doom look great, new to me & I’ll find them for the oldest granddaughter. I imagine she’ll like them, Carrie. I have Hello, Universe on my list, will try to read it soon. Thanks!

  3. Notebook of Doom is definitely a sought after series by many grades.
    I didn’t love Hello, Universe. I wonder if it’s because I read it in e-format. There’s something about electronic books that makes it hard for me to fall in love with.

  4. I have the first Notebook of Doom book for my son to read now that he is reading independently. He is having a really hard time finding a book he likes, and my dream is that he will discover a series which will hook him for awhile. I have never even heard of Dennis Lee!! My library has two of his books so just put them both on hold!

  5. Carrie, I just heard Erin Entrada Kelly speaking on Hello, Universe at the Gaithersburg Book Festival in MD on Saturday–it was wonderful! Looking forward to reading it and her other books.

    Jason Chin’s newest book, Grand Canyon, is my favorite of his yet, if you haven’t yet read it. 🙂

  6. I didn’t realize there were so many Notebook of Doom titles. I think I only have two. Must fix that! I loved Hello, Universe.

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