Monday May 28th, 2018

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

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

Lone reader, lost in her book.

A Todd Parr reading binge.

The heart of Reading Workshop. Readers perched everywhere totally engaged in reading.

Student book talks are so very powerful!

Two weeks of #classroombookaday titles to share. Gorgeous titles about plants and gardens.

Books that help to transform our thinking.

Classroom Highlights 

During our recent Celebration of Learning, two boys delighted in reading aloud to a captive audience. Their choice? Naked! written by Michael Ian Black and illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi

I loved watching students share student writing and voices about some of our recent read alouds.

Titles and student reactions on display for the Celebration of Learning.

Drawing our incredible structures created in the Art and Discovery studio.

Work on display during Celebration of Learning.
Last minute preparation before parents and caregivers are invited to explore our work.

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

Julián is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

This is the latest book I cannot stop raving about and reading to anyone who happens to enter our classroom. Absolute picture book perfection. This title shows us “that anyone can be anything they want to be,” explained one of my students. It is about self expression. Dreams. The love of a grandparent. Creativity. The end pages are divine. This will be one of my Mock Caldecott selections for 2019.

A Stone for Sascha by Aaron Becker

More wordless amazing from Aaron Becker. This one is multi-layered and will require multiple rereads to absorb. An absolute stunner. Becker explores time, grief, history and chance in this beautiful book.

The book trailer gives a lovely sneak peek

A Seed Is the Start byMelissa Stewart

This book! You want this book! Primary teachers, this is the perfect title to share when discussing planting, seeds and gardens. Full of rich, descriptive language and incredible close up photography. Highly recommended!

But the Bear Came Back by Tammi Sauer and illustrated by Dan Taylor

Adorable. No persistent bears allowed until said bear no longer shows up.

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

I sometimes do read adult novels – here is proof! Incredible writing. So very sad. Which is maybe why I don’t read a lot of adult novels.

Up next? I am reading The Heart and Mind of Frances Pauley by April Stevens and Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore

Reading Progress updates:

2018 Chapter Book Challenge: 21/60 complete

2018 Transitional Chapter books: 8/40 complete

Goodreads Challenge: 100/300 books read

Progress on challenge: 20 books behind schedule

#MustReadin2018: 12/30 complete

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 10/40 titles

Diverse Books in 2018: 17/40 books read

25 thoughts on “Monday May 28th, 2018

  1. I hadn’t realized this Aaron Becker book was even out yet–and I was so pleased to discover that my library has a copy! And I am 1st on the hold list! I haven’t seen Julian Is a Mermaid yet, but feel like it’s one I will fall in love with. Loved all the photos from your classroom!

  2. I love Julian, too, and A Seed Is to Start, both great for every classroom, and I have A Stone for Sascha, still haven’t shared. Love all the classroom pictures, Carrie. Those incredible structures, well, are incredible! Enjoy your end of the year time with the class!

  3. The book trailer or A Stone for Sascha is stunning!
    I think I’m going to refuse to read any more sad books, except of course A Stone for Sascha, but definitely no more sad novels for at least 6 months!

  4. I think I have everything you shared on my TBR list (except for the adult novel, which I’ll still go look into). Thanks so much for sharing all these lovely books. Have a wonderful reading week, Carrie!

  5. Visiting your blog just makes me long to spend hours and hours and hours in your classroom. So lovely and alive. I have added Stone for Sascha and A Seed is the Start to my Must Buy List, so thanks 🙂 Also, how are the blue shelves attached to your whiteboard?

  6. I am so excited to read Julian. I have heard such wonderful things about that lovely book. I totally agree about A Seed is the Start. Yes, that adult book was a sad one. Good, but so sad.

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