Monday May 13th, 2019

Trying to post at least once a month to be part of this amazing reading community and to share all the wonderful titles I have been reading.

A few #kidsarereading photos for inspiration. Our visit to the Vancouver Public Library. Everyone left with a book and a library card if they didn’t have one. Our arms full of books, our heads full of stories, we skipped all the way back to school. Summer reading – we are getting ready for you!

Love how my students want to read EVERYTHING. The size of the book box is never big enough.

Nothing is quite as lovely as buddy reading moments.

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 read:

Tomorrow Most Likely by Dave Eggers and illustrated by Lane Smith

What will tomorrow bring? A delightful and beautifully illustrated collection of possibilities.

Growing Season by Maryann Cocca-Leffler

A sweet little book about friendship, flowers and all kinds of growing.

Dog Vs. Ultra Dog by Troy Wilson with art by Clayton Hanmer

So much in this book – having faith, wanting to matter – an emotional book wrapped up in super hero style and cute humour.

Our World is Relative written by Julia Sooy with illustrations by Molly Walsh

You know when you play 20 questions with a group of kids and they ask questions like, “Is it big?” or “Is it little?” and you keep trying to prompt, “Bigger than a . . . ” Well, this book would be perfect in times like this! My only complaint – that measurements are not in our Canadian metric system. Otherwise, so ideal! I will be sharing this one in the classroom often. Releases August 13th 2019

Bat and the Waiting Game by Elana K. Arnold

This character! Bat is beyond endearing. I absolutely adore him.

The Dollar Kids by Jennifer Richard Jacobson

Such an interesting subject for a novel. A former mill town needs to attract residents to keep its schools and town from completely shutting down. A number of homes are offered to families for just $1.00 if they meet criteria and comply with specific conditions over the next year. This is the perfect chance for Lowen and his family to have a new beginning and more opportunities. It’s also a way for Lowen to try to leave behind the memories of a young friend who was shot. Would be a fantastic middle grade read aloud.

The Lost Girl by Anne Ursu

There is always something remarkable about Ursu’s titles. Part magic, part harsh reality, unbelievable and completely relatable. Devastating and full of hope. Wow.

This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel

A rare adult read highly recommended by my sister. Rosie and Penn have 4 boys and then they have Claude. Another boy who actually wants to be a girl. And then everything becomes about how to best let this little human be who they are supposed to be. A truly must read novel.

Up next? I am reading The Size of the Truth by Andrew Smith

15 thoughts on “Monday May 13th, 2019

  1. Thanks for This Is How It Always Was, a new one to me & needed I think. I noted the Dave Eggers book, also a new title. I enjoyed The Dollar Kids & thought The Lost Girl was so sad but good. Thanks, Carrie!

  2. I’ve had The Dollar Kids on my list for a while, now, and I’d like to get to it by this summer. It really does sound like a very unique storyline! Love the beautiful picture books you’ve shared and I was glad to see you enjoyed The Lost Girl, as well. Have a wonderful week of reading, Carrie!

  3. I am looking forward to reading The Lost Girl. I think it will be my first Anne Ursu! Not sure how that happened! So many books to read…. Loved peering into that book box. So many good titles waiting to be read!

    • I love wandering along the row of book boxes to see who has chosen what – I smile at the kids who try to fit EVERYTHING inside their boxes! I highly recommend Breadcrumbs by Ursu.

  4. I put the adult novel on hold after seeing your review. Sounds good!
    I could not get into The Lost Girl. I wondered what kids would think so I added it to our 4th grade book club list. One little girl is reading it and is having the same problem.
    Great picture books, I have a few on your list in my pile!

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