Monday January 8th, 2018

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

I didn’t share a #IMWAYR post over the holidays as I was busy blogging many of my year end lists:

Nonfiction Favourites of 2017 : 10 favourites

Year End Update: #MustReadin2017

Favourites of 2017: My 17 top picks

My Must Read Novels of 2018: 30 titles I want to be sure not to miss

More information about the #MustReadin2018 challenge. Please join us!

This post will include a handful of photos from the last weeks of December in the classroom and a selection of titles I read in the last few weeks.

Each week I share at least one reading photo of the week. Here are a few.

We have a bit of a Katie Woo obsession going on in our room. I just purchase about 20 new titles so that everyone can have a few on the go!

Many students in the classroom love wearing noise cancelling headphones. We have five sets and they are always in use.

Can you spot the reader? Next to the plants, behind the book . . .

Our #classroombookaday titles in the final weeks of December were all about winter and snow with some fairy tales and other tales mixed in.

Classroom Highlights 

Our beloved daytime engineer Parm is moving to another school. The children wrote him heartfelt letters. We will all miss him a LOT.

During our last few weeks, the primary classes participated in Winter Stations with small groups moving through our rooms for various activities. In my room we did an art activity and when students finished, they quietly found a spot on the carpet and read. It was pure reading joy.

All of the Winter trees we finished were used to decorate the gym for the Winter concert.

I received many lovely notes and cards before the winter break. Children offer so much with their words.

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:

Professional Crocodile by Giovanna Zoboli

This is one of the most clever wordless titles I have come across  – ever!

Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers

A sneak peek at a love letter to his new son about this living on the planet we call home by the brilliant Oliver Jeffers.

Rot, the Cutest in the World! by Ben Clanton

Yep, this is the cutest potato in the world. No contest. A delightful little read.

The Princess in Black and the Mysterious Playdate (The Princess in Black #5) by Shannon  and Dean Hale

If you teach a primary classroom, Princess in Black is where it’s at! This title will be devoured by a number of little readers in my room.

Princess Posey and the First Grade Parade (Princess Posey, #1) by Stephanie Greene

Another lovely transitional chapter book series – this one honours the fears involved in growing independence as we move up the grades.

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Gripping. If you can – I suggest reading this book in one sitting. It’s in verse, so very possible.

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Timely. Relevant. Captivating.

Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan

A fairy tale retelling like you would never have imagined. Set in New York City during the 1920s, this is Snow White like you have never seen.

Up next? I am almost finished The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser

My reading goals have shifted a little this year. As I have not met my Goodreads goal for two years in a row, I am trying to anticipate how I can do a lot of reading but still allow for the busy aspects of other parts of my life. Checking in here regularly helps keep me motivated.

Reading Progress updates:

2018 Chapter Book Challenge: 1/60 complete

2018 Transitional Chapter books: 1/40 complete

Goodreads Challenge: 5/300 books read

Progress on challenge: on track

#MustReadin2018: 0/30 complete

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 0/40 titles

Diverse Books in 2018: 0/40 books read

32 thoughts on “Monday January 8th, 2018

  1. Some of my favourite books here. I agree with what you have written about Long Way Down. Make sure you have time to spare when you start reading so you can float right through it. I really think I could read that again, already!
    My crew at home and at school always enjoy The Princess in Black too.
    Snow White was kind of one of a kind for me. Did you see Matt Phelan at NerdCamp Bellingham? That must have been great!

  2. I didn’t make my Goodreads goal last year, either. Sometimes life happens, and that’s okay. “A man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?” A higher goal motivates me to read more, but I did lower it for this year. Don’t stress yourself!

  3. I purchased a copy of The Princess in Black and the Mysterious Playdate for one of my grade 1 great nieces and didn’t have the time or energy to read it first! It was just so fabulous to watch her open it up and scream Princess in Black!
    Long Way Down and Dear Martin are on my MustRead lists for this year. I should probably get to Snow White.

  4. I’m sharing Rot with students this week! I can’t wait, I have a feeling there will be a hold list for that guy!
    Yes, Long Way Down in one sitting. How else can you read it, I couldn’t leave my chair!

  5. Rot keeps popping up and the cover alone is fabulous. Definitely need to check it out! I just purchased a few more Princess Posey for a second grade student. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the Vanderbeekers. I just loved, loved, loved the whole family and their story! Have a great week!

  6. I just reserved Here We Are in our library – I hope to pick it up this weekend. I also reserved the crocodile book – looks like one that I would definitely enjoy. Happy Reading this week! 🙂

  7. Wow! So many incredible titles. We just finished Long Way Down – Absolutely unbelievable. We can’t wait to read Professional Crocodile – ordering it from the library right now – Thank you

  8. Long Way Down. I don’t think it made my Must Read List, but it may show up in an update. I am just being pulled to that one. And I may pick up Snow White for my Lil T. He’s crazy about graphic novels, and so I will read them with him until he’s ready to move on. Thanks for sharing the titles. What did your reader think of Real Friends?

  9. I have “Rot” from the library. Will read it soon, and Long Way Down, Dear Martin. Love is on its way! Thanks, Carrie, love those letters to your leaving engineer. Too bad. Those “extra” adults make a big difference in students’ lives.

  10. Pingback: [Monday Reading] Overlooked Fiction Picturebooks in 2017 That Deserve More Love – Gathering Books

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