It’s Monday! What are you reading?
Each week I share a reading photo of the week.
This week, I would like to instead share an article. I had the honour of sharing a student’s story – first with author/illustrator Suzanne Del Rizzo and then with writer Alexandra Alter about Suzanne’s incredible book My Beautiful Birds. Alexandra included this story in her New York Times article:
Children’s Authors Take on the Refugee Crisis
It was an unforgettable experience to organize a Skype with Alexandra and Nour and listen as Nour told her story. It will be something that I think about forever – the resilience and hope and love in this young girl’s voice as she talked about everything that she’s lost and found.
I am sharing this here with the #IMWAYR community because I know all of you know the power of books to change lives. This book told Nour’s story and gave her truth voice and audience. So powerful.
If you haven’t yet read this book – buy it! It’s a must have for our school and classroom libraries.
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:
Summer Maintenance in the Classroom Library. Step 2: Weed
This is the second in a series of posts about working in the classroom library over the summer break.
Books I enjoyed:
I had a bookstore visit and read a lot of picture books and nonfiction titles this week. Some even followed me home. Surprise, surprise!
Some of my favourites:
The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken
This title is an incredible celebration of looking at “mistakes” as opportunities instead of something purely negative and wrong. A creative and inspiring journey. Such an important title to share in our classrooms.
Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist written by Jess Keating and illustrated by Marta Álvarez Miguéns
Eugenie Clark is some kind of incredible! A scientist. A risk taker. A creative thinker that allowed the world to look at sharks through a different lens. Jess Keating shares Eugenie’s story to honour and celebrate curiosity and perseverance. Lots of additional information in the back pages including a detailed time line of Clark’s life and accomplishments. Gorgeous end pages too!
Teacup written by Rebecca Young and illustrated by Matt Ottley
This is a somewhat haunting and extremely beautiful story about a boy who must leave his homeland in a boat clutching a teacup full of soil The ocean journey brings peace, drama and unexpected surprises as he sails in search of a new home.
Samson in the Snow by Philip C. Stead
Gentle and sweet. A book about compassion and care.
Owl Bat Bat Owl by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick
A lovely little wordless title with lots of room for talk and questions. What is community? Who should we care about? What matters?
Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall
A completely endearing title about one little boy’s route to being brave. Loved.
A Squiggly Story written by Andrew Larsen and illustrated by Mike Lowery
Perfect for writer’s workshop. Clearly sends the message that all writing is story telling – marks on the page, drawings, words (regardless of spelling). I I were a K or Grade 1 teacher, I would be snapping this one up. As a Grade 3 teacher, I am also pretty tempted.
Rulers of the Playground by Joseph Kuefler
Power plays on the playground have lots of dynamics. Creatively explored in this little gem.
This Beautiful Day written by Richard Jackson with illustrations by Suzy Lee
This beautiful book. Wow is Suzy Lee talented! A celebration of rainy days and optimistic attitudes. Lovely all around.
If Found Please Return to Elise Gravel by Elise Gravel
So I am calling this a favourite, fought over classroom book for 2017/2018. And I KNOW I am going to be right. This book will be inspiring some funky sketchbooks in my students’ futures. Again, guaranteed.
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia
So I kind of love everything about Clayton Byrd. And Williams-Garcia, whoa, can this woman write! A must read middle grade title.
Alvin Ho (Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things) by Lenore Look with illustrations by LeUyen Pham
I was pretty thrilled to find this title as I think it will be my first classroom read aloud in the fall. A lot of things in the world frighten and overwhelm Alvin including speaking out loud at school. So wonderfully portrayed in a humorous, relatable way by Look. I am buying the series!
Patina by Jason Reynolds
I share all of my book love for this title (released later this month) here.
Reading Progress updates:
2017 Chapter Book Challenge: 43/75 complete
Goodreads Challenge: 185/365 books read
Progress on challenge: 32 books behind schedule (ten better than last week!)
#MustReadin2017: 18/30 complete
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 25/50 titles
Diverse Books in 2016: 31/50 books read
Up next? I am reading The Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla
Excellent week of reading! I really enjoyed The Book of Mistakes as well. I had the Alvin Ho series in my library this year and it did not quite take off as well as I had hoped. I am sure with a read aloud it will. Really looking forward to getting a few of these books myself (Patina, Jabari Jumps and Shark Lady in particular). Enjoyed the Patina review, I have that one pre-ordered. Thanks for the post!
Too many books, I forgot one. Elise Gravel, FTW, every time in my house.
So many great books on this list. Jabari Jumps and Samson in the Snow are favorites. There’s some others here I need to check out.
Congratulations on the article and how wonderful to do that, Carrie. Yes, My Beautiful Birds is breathtaking to see, heartbreaking to read. I’ve read a few of your PBs, will especially look for This Beautiful Day! I do want to read Patina when it comes out! Have a great week!
Wow, so much great reading this week! I have BAT OWL to read tool.
I read the NYT article this morning, so happy to see you in there and your experiences! Just, wow!
And your thoughts on summer clean outs have been not only great for myself to sit back and reflect, but great to pass on to other teachers!
I’m looking forward to reading My Beautiful Birds now. I just received an arc of Patina and am looking forward to reading it soon! I agree completely with your response to Clayton Byrd Goes Underground and Rita Williams-Garcia!
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed A Squiggly Story! And I can’t wait to read The Beautiful Day. Suzy Lee’s art is always great.
There have been a LOT of books about running lately, which is good to see. Ghost is really popular in my library, so I’m sure Patina will be as well.
How wonderful that your story made it into the Times, Carrie – books can make a difference. I can’t wait for Patina to be released – I’ve heard such great things about it already!
Rules of the Playground looks adorable. I need to read that one soon!
How cool that your student’s story was included in that NYT article!
You rock, Carrie!! I feel fortunate to know you from nerdcamp, and you have consistently given excellent recommendations. I was not surprised to see you mentioned in the NY TIMES article. Your students are lucky to have you in their lives.
Thx so much for sharing our wonderful story about you getting My Beautiful Birds into Nour’s hands. So honoured!
And what a fab list of books, I have a few new ones to add to my TBR pile. Btw, Sally Pla’s The Someday Birds is incredible- one of this year’s faves for me.
What a wonderful selection of books, and that story was so powerful – it’s so important that people realize that refugees aren’t just statistics, they are real people, with names and faces and dreams and stories to tell.
Lots of great books on your list this week! Thanks for sharing The NY Times article! How cool! Have a great week!