Monday September 17th, 2018

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

Each week I share at least one reading photo of the week. Now that we are back to school and I have my new class, I have some photos to share.

I love this one: “I found a big WOW!”

One reader with a big pile of books.

Reading is better with a friend.

Ks came to buddy read!

#classroombookaday titles on the theme of friendship. We learned that sometimes we find friends in unexpected ways.

Classroom Highlights 

Dot day art making was a lot of fun!

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:

The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates, co written with Juniper Bates 

A big message – we all belong and there is room for all of us. Wow, is this one timely. Gorgeous.

Let Me Finish! written by Minh Lé and illustrated by Isabel Roxas

A clever way to send the message – don’t spoil the story! Would pair wonderfully with How to Read a Story and Interrupting Chicken. Excited to share this one with my class.

Full of Fall by April Pulley Sayre. 

A seasonal stunner. Going to be first up tomorrow and will lead the way for a number of other books celebrating autumn. Photographs and poetic text are purely spectacular.

Mission Defrostable (Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast #3) written by Josh Funk with illustrations byBrendan Kearney

Another rhyming escapade full of adventure in the fridge (and now freezer). This one has a whole lot of humour and some mysterious surprises.  Huge kid appeal.

The Itchy Book! (An Elephant and Piggie Like Reading book) by LeUyen Pham

Is it possible to read this book aloud and not get itchy? Not smirk if not out and out giggle? Nope.

A True Home (Heartwood Hotel #1) by Kallie George

I finally got to read the first book in this series (a little longer than many transitional chapter titles but still a lovely balance between text and illustrations). It is definitely sweet and engaging. Lots of adventure but also real character development. Can see young readers loving this one.

Front Desk by Kelly Yang 

I was kind of blown away by this one – partly because so many story events were based on Yang’s actual childhood. A book that examines immigration, the sacrifices of immigrant parents, poverty, discrimination and the incredible will and spirit of a pretty incredible character – Mia. I have been recommending this widely.

Lousiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo

I read this in one sitting and I am in love. DiCamillo is some kind of writer. This story is  absolutely beautifully written. Take an emotional walk alongside Louisiana Elefante as she tells her story. What a story! I could listen to this girl all day. Especially if I won one of those deliciously described cakes in the betty Allen Cake Raffle. Chocolate marble please. Cake, coffee and this story. Perfection.

Up next? I am reading Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

Reading Progress updates:

2018 Chapter Book Challenge: 36/60 complete

2018 Transitional Chapter books: 13/40 complete

Goodreads Challenge: 159/300 books read

Progress on challenge: 53 books behind schedule

#MustReadin2018: 19/30 complete

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 20/40 titles

Diverse Books in 2018: 29/40 books read

20 thoughts on “Monday September 17th, 2018

  1. Do you think you need to read Raymie Nightingale to read Louisiana’s Way Home? I just couldn’t get through Raymie–not sure why–but I really, really want to read Louisiana’s Way Home. Of course Raymie is short. I could pick up where I left off and finish in under an hour…. Maybe it’s worth it! I also loved Front Desk–SO much there! I was amazed at how much she packed into the story and yet it never felt like there were too many themes or plotlines. Very well done. And I just enjoyed the characters and the setting so much. Love the Dot Day art!

  2. Fun to see that dot day art, Carrie. I’m glad to have the classroom pics back! Thanks for sharing a few ones new to me like “Let Me Finish”. I have Front Desk & need to read it. Am reading Raymie Nightingale again before I read Louisiana’s Way Home. What joy there is in DiCamillo’s writing. Have a wonderful week!

  3. I really like what you said about Front Desk. It’s definitely one of my top reads of 2018 for the same reasons you share here. And I definitely think I should share slices of cake while reading Louisiana — really loved this book (even more than Raymie). I’m really looking forward to Mission Defrostable and The Itchy Book! Thanks for all the shares, Carrie!

  4. My goal is to read Front Desk this week! I requested Lousiana’s Way Home from NetGalley since it won’t be available till next month otherwise! I’m trying to read more Canadian authors (especially if they are local) so I really should read Heartwood Hotel Series.

  5. Love those kid pictures! And I can relate to your piles friend. My piles just never get smaller!
    I’ve read all of your books this week. I love all of them in different ways. Definitely enjoyed Louisiana’s story even better than Raymie’s 🙂

  6. Hi Carrie, Just letting you know that I am sharing your website to a group of allied educators I am teaching here in Singapore as a model of how a reading culture can be cultivated in the classroom. Thank you for always doing what you do and being such an inspiration. 🙂

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