Monday August 6th, 2018

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

Each week I share at least one reading photo of the week. Since it is summer, I have no photos of little readers to share. So here are a few photos of my room, patiently waiting.When students arrive, this space transforms into a space for book love galore!

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

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut written by Derrick Barnes and illustrated by Gordon C. James 

Wow. Ah yes, I see why this book has all of those stickers affixed to the cover. This is a stunner. Incredible celebration of the magic that happens in the barber’s chair.

Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen by Deborah Hopkinson with illustrations by Qin Leng

Inspiring biography for young writers. Leng’s illustrations are delightful.

Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines written byJeanne Walker Harvey and illustrated by Dow Phumiruk

Beautifully illustrated title about Maya Lin, whose entry was chosen in a national (US) design contest for the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington. Some of these illustrations made me catch my breath.

On Our Street: Our First Talk about Poverty by Dr.Jillian Roberts and Jaime Casap with illustrations by Jane Heinrichs

One of those books you wish didn’t have to exist. But it does. And this book navigates first discussions of poverty with honesty, compassion and respect. I see that there will be more books in this series: The World Around Us by Orca Publishing and I will seek out upcoming titles.

Lion Lessons by Jon Agee

Sometimes you need a little bit of a nudge to be brave.

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

Strangely, I had a bit of a difficult time getting into this book and then I was fully, completely hooked. A mystery. A testament to a racist and troubled history. Family ties. Beginning friendships. Modern day mystery is woven through history. Absolutely fantastic.

Up next? I am reading Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

Reading Progress updates:

2018 Chapter Book Challenge: 30/60 complete

2018 Transitional Chapter books: 9/40 complete

Goodreads Challenge: 138/300 books read

Progress on challenge: 40 books behind schedule

#MustReadin2018: 18/30 complete

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 19/40 titles

Diverse Books in 2018: 25/40 books read

24 thoughts on “Monday August 6th, 2018

  1. My mom has a deep connection with the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial wall, so I really need to get my hands on Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines. And I seem to remember having a similar experience with Parker Inheritance, but I’m glad I kept going because I completely fell into the mystery once it got going. I love the light in your classroom! Have a wonderful week, Carrie!

  2. I still need to read The Parker Inheritance–so trying to get to it this summer, but my summer is winding down. I need to get On Our Street–we need more PBs about this topic. I think I loved the writing in Crown even more than the illustrations! I need to remember to read that one aloud in my classes. I also can’t believe I haven’t caved and bought the Jane Austen PB yet. If I were to make one of the fantasy lists of “you can bring 10 books to the desert island; which 10 would you bring?” I’m pretty sure at least 3 of my 10 slots would be taken by Austen novels. The Maya Lin book was fabulous–one I’d really like to own.

  3. I read and enjoyed the first three you shared, Carrie. Crown was an enlightenment for me, but I shared it with my granddaughters, who took it as the usual, saying it was like when they got a haircut. I know it’s more than that, but it was fun to share with them. I still need to read The Parker Inheritance, imagine I will like it! Will look for On Our Street, too! Thanks!

  4. I still really need to get to Crown, The Parker Inheritance and Lion Lessons. Your classroom looks great, as usual, but of course it will look better in a month (with kids reading). Enjoy the rest of your summer!

  5. I am reading The Parker Inheritance as well! I love when the chapters go back in time and I see how those stories fit in with the present day on!

    • Thank you so much Julie! I am happy with how it is shaping up this year. Working on the large bookshelves now – weeding out older (as in for older readers) titles readying for a Grade 2 & 3 class.

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