It’s Monday! What are you reading?
Each week I share a reading photo of the week. Here are a few from the past week.
A row of readers.
Getting comfy.Pouring over I Yam a Donkey! during buddy reading.#classroombookaday photos. I have a few to share! We have explored lots of themes in this last month!
So, I have been missing in action here for about a month. Lots of reasons – all about being busy, busy, busy. My daughter’s dance year end show and competitive season has been a very enjoyable full on commitment (involving many full weekends). Any extra time has been about the year end stuff – report cards, class organizations, supporting friends who are switching jobs. And . . . I have been filling my own fitness schedule with lots of dance – Zumba classes, an Adult Hip Hop and a month ago, I started Adult Tap. So much fun! I took years of tap dancing when I was a child and it is all coming back to me. I am looking forward to a summer full of dance, gardening and reading catch up. Hurrah for the #bookaday challenge.
Other relevant news – I am returning to my primary roots and will be teaching Grade 3 again in the fall. Very excited to transform my room from a Grade 4/5 class back to a primary room. Especially excited to once again, work on the classroom library!
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.
Dragon was Terrible written by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli
Absolutely charming and ever so naughty, this dragon. I am now on the lookout for a classroom copy of this book. Who can tame this dragon? It is no easy feat. But the journey is beyond hysterical!
Give Me Back my Book! by Travis Foster and Ethan Long
Two friends argue over one green book. As their argument progresses, the reader learns all about the components of a book and enjoys some humorous twists.
Goldfish Ghost written by Lemony Snicket and illustrated by Lisa Brown
This title might be passed over by some as a little too out there and dark. I think it is quietly clever and speaks to some important themes: the cycle of life, belonging and companionship. A Well Mannered Young Wolf written by Jean Leroy and illustrated by Matthieu Maudet
It seems that good manners do not serve wolves very well. Loved this one!
Juana & Lucas by Juana Medina
Oh, how I want this title for my Grade 3 classroom library this fall! Juana does NOT love learning English or a bunch of other things. But she also is very specific about what she does love. All is detailed in this wonderfully illustrated early chapter book. Hoping for more of Juana in the future!
See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng
How I adore Alex Petroski – an 11 year old who records his world on his iPod to sent into space to show what Earth is really like. His journey to capture the essence of Earth reveals all the details of his vulnerable and complicated existence. HIGHLY, highly recommended!
Gem & Dixie by Sara Zarr
A young adult realistic fiction read. Two sisters. Two parents that haven’t delivered. A lot of pain, neglect and figuring it out. My fourteen year old loved this one.
The Other Boy by M.G. Hennessey
Shane has moved to a new city with his Mom and his classmates at his new school only know him as Shane, a baseball playing guy in middle school. But Shane’s past surfaces and how he navigates the upset and stressors of this is handled so believably. An important book for our school and classroom libraries – this one about a trans child transitioning from female to male.
Reading Progress updates:
2017 Chapter Book Challenge: 29/75 complete
Goodreads Challenge: 139/365 books read
Progress on challenge: 36 books behind schedule (yikes!)
#MustReadin2017: 15/30 complete
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 21/50 titles
Diverse Books in 2016: 23/50 books read
Up Next? I have a stack of novels from the library and am part way through If I was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
I Read Dragon Was Terrible to the second grade classes at my school last week and they loved it. They are big fans of DiPucchio’s Everyone Loves Bacon. Give Me Back My Book sounds great! Good luck with your third grade move. Such a great age!
Congratulations on your move to third grade! I know you’ll do a wonderful job there! I have a copy of See You in the Cosmos sitting on my dining room table. I need to get to it!
I loved hearing about the chapter books, Carrie, on my list! And love that you’re back to third grade. My oldest granddaughter will be a third grader and loved Juana & Lucas, FYI! Enjoy re-working that library! I recently went to the youngest granddaughter’s ballet recital & the “adult tap” group presented also. They were terrific! How fun that you’re returning to that! Happy to see you back! Enjoy the summer!
Congratulations on your move to grade 3 and your adult tap lessons – What exciting new challenges! We also loved Juana and Lucas and are hoping for more books in that series. We are putting Dragon was Terrible on our TBR list- Thanks!
Third grade is such a great place! Loved reading your thoughts about these great titles.
Once I mentioned on a whim that I wished I had learned how to dance. My 3rd grader announced, “You aren’t dead yet, you can still learn how!” It has me on the lookout for adult dance classes! I hope you had a joyous spring! I spied The Good for Nothing Button! This went on my list right away!
Wow Carrie you really have been busy, and look to be busier still. Congratulations on returning to primary. Grade three is a lot of fun!
I actually really enjoyed Goldfish Ghost – very strange, but quietly moving.
Grade 3 sounds like a great place to be, lots to look forward to after a long, relaxing summer!
I so appreciate your thoughts on Goldfish Ghost. I was one that didn’t really get it, but now that I’ve read your thoughts, I’m going to go back and give it a second look.
Oh yeah, and Dragon Was Terrible is one of my all-time favorite read alouds. Super funny! 😀
I finally got my copy of The Other Boy back today (someone slipped it on my desk when I was in the library- and they know its a library book). All of these look like good finds. Thanks for the post! I will be on Goldfish Ghost, his picture book The Dark was similar. Some liked, some not. It was popular at my school.