Monday April 2nd, 2018

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

Each week I share at least one reading photo of the week. As I have been on Spring Break, I have no student photos to share. Instead, here is my gorgeous morning view as I read and had coffee at the place we rented in San Francisco.

And a little more bleak – an empty shelf in the library on Alcatraz.

#classroombookaday titles allowed us to explore endangered animals and human actions both positive and alarming.

Classroom Highlights 

I do have to share some amazing photos of our school wide day of play on the last day of school before the break. The theme in my room was building. But often I found that the books called to little builders and the theme became reading. 🙂

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 loved:

Dear Girl, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Paris Rosenthal illustrated by Holly Hatam

If you have read this book, then you know. It is a must own, must gift, must share title. If you haven’t read it yet . . . go! Find a copy!

I Am Enough by Grace Byers with pictures by Keturah A. Bobo

Beautiful message. Full of joy. Just loved the illustrations. Another title that would make a wonderful gift book.

The Digger and the Flower by Joseph Keufler

A testament to the power and beauty of nature. A sweet little book about an unexpected friendship.

Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and June Jo Lee with illustrations by Man One

Such an interesting story of how Roy Choi and a friend opened a food truck serving Korean tacos and their rise to popularity. The illustrations are so unique.

Harriet Gets Carried Away by Jessie Sima

Oh little Harriet, what a girl you are! Everyday costume wearing Harriet has quite the adventure when she heads to the shops with her dads in search of party hats.

Little Fires Everywhere  by Celeste Ng

I so rarely read adult novels but I kept seeing this title everywhere. I was quickly pulled into the many layered story lines.

The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Yes! This title was every bit as compelling as The War That Saved my Life. Sometimes sequels are immensely satisfying. This is absolutely the case here. Ada is a character I will never forget.

The Key to Everything by Pat Schmatz

I got my hands on an ARC of this book and was excited as I had really loved Schmatz’s Bluefish. This one was not so memorable. I enjoyed parts of it but it just didn’t come together.

Good Dog by Dan Gemeinhart

I am just going to say it – this is one strange book. Which is not a bad thing. In fact, it is quite a good thing. Not at all what I was expecting and quite like nothing I have ever read. High energy, fast paced and wonderfully endearing.

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate 

Wow. Just, wow.

Daisy Dreamer and the Totally True Imaginary Friend  by Holly Anna 

There are so many titles about imaginary friends and magical elements to real life events in the transitional chapter book market. I think this is a book my students will enjoy and will likely get the next few in the series.

Up next? I am pages away from finishing The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown

Reading Progress updates:

2018 Chapter Book Challenge: 15/60 complete

2018 Transitional Chapter books: 8/40 complete

Goodreads Challenge: 76/300 books read

Progress on challenge: 3 books ahead

#MustReadin2018: 9/30 complete

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 8/40 titles

Diverse Books in 2018: 13/40 books read

18 thoughts on “Monday April 2nd, 2018

  1. I also felt The War I Finally Won was just as amazing as The War That Saved My Life. I loved Wishtree but have been surprised that my students haven’t picked it up yet. I’m hoping to add it as a read aloud this year to make sure it gets heard by everyone.

  2. I’m so glad you enjoyed Wishtree and The War I Finally Won. I can’t wait to hear if there will be a 3rd book in the war series!! I have Dear Girl, I Am Enough, and Good Dog on my TBR list. Now I’m really intrigued by your comments on Good Dog. I’m hoping to get to that one by next week, so I guess I’ll see what you mean soon enough. LOL

  3. What a view in San Francisco, one of my favorite cities. I really want to read Good Dog now–I do like an unexpected story or way of telling a story. I still haven’t read The War that Saved My Life–the first few pages were kind of brutal and I just wasn’t in the space to read it then. I have Chef Roy from the library right now and need to get to it.

  4. I just started The War I Finally Won about an hour ago. 🙂 I am excited to be reading it, as I loved The War That Saved My Life. I have been wanting to read Dear Girl,. Hope I can pick up a copy soon. Thanks for the reminder.

  5. What a great reading week!
    I have quite a few adult books to read, I think I’ll tackle most of them over summer.
    I was on Spring Break this past week too, it was so nice to have time and just read.
    I have Good Dog to read and I’ve heard some of the same comments that you posted, I’m definitely intrigued!

  6. I really enjoyed Little Fires Everywhere – read it earlier this year for our book club and wrote a fairly extensive review on it just a few weeks back. 🙂

  7. I love the construction going on in those photos!
    I fell in love with Dear Girl immediately and purchased a copy for my grandaughter Ada and her mom and dad.
    I just put a hold on Good Dog. I might have already used up all my free holds….

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