Fall update: #Mustreadin2018

It’s time for the fall #MustReadin2018 update!

How are you doing with your list? Which titles have been favourites? What other books might have distracted you? It’s time to share!

I have 30 titles on my list this year and my goal, like last year, is to read most of them. At least 20 and then, I feel like it is progress! At the spring update in April I had read 9 titles. Now I’ve completed 19! So I am well on my way.

Since April, I have completed these titles and am again sharing my brief thoughts and impressions:

Jane Unlimited by Kristin Cashore 

This is the one title I had to work hard to complete. I wanted to love this YA novel. And I really liked aspects of it. But, it was just not for me. Multiple possible endings. And realities? Just too much.I was such a Graceling fan so I was disappointed that I didn’t really enjoy this book.

Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake

Now this book! LOVED!! Ivy’s family survives a hurricane but then she must navigate cramped family quarters, less attention from her busy Mom overwhelmed with caring for baby twins, feelings of love that are new and unexpected. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and have quite the soft spot for Ivy. I would instantly place this title in my classroom library if I was teaching Grade 5 or higher.

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

I finished this book more than a month ago and I still think of it every few days. Truly haunting. A story of ghosts – dead black boys who have been killed in ridiculously unnecessary ways. Blurs history with fiction. Such a read. Would make an incredible read aloud in a middle school classroom.

In Sight of Stars by Gae Polisner

Beautiful writing takes us through the hard and heartbreak of the grieving process – sometimes so muddy and muddled we need a lot of guidance getting through. Loved Klee and all of those guiding him through. Polisner is one of my favourite YA authors. I will read anything she writes!

Loser’s Bracket by Chris Crutcher 

This book I really liked. Such an exploration of family. If you love YA realistic fiction that is real and true and gritty, I highly recommend this one! I was waking up before 6 a.m. to sneak in pages.

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed

Completely engaging. What a wonderful choice for the Global Read Aloud. Amal is an incredibly courageous and compassionate character. I couldn’t put this one down.

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor 

Middle grade perfection. Connor just keeps getting better and better. I dare you not to want to root for Mason Buttle as every kind of grief soaked kind of bad luck gets thrown at him. This story has so many layers. Would be a fantastic read aloud in a middle grade classroom. (Grade 5 and up). A character I will not forget.

A Land of Permanent Goodbyes by Atia Abawi 

This young adult novel does not shy away from any of the harrowing details that are part of a refugee’s journey. Follow Tareq and his family as he leaves Syria in search of safety and hope.

Escape from Aleppo by N. H. Senzai 

I learned so much about the Syrian crisis in this book about Nadia and her desperate search to become reunited with her family as her city is being bombed. This is a middle grade read.

Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead 

Sweet and endearing. Loved this title full of magic and affection. Sometimes weird books are just weird – this one is weirdly wonderful.

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Our year end update will be on December 27th 2018!

HAPPY READING EVERYONE!

Monday July 23rd, 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 is a photo of the lending library I just set up in my cloakroom for previous students to access.

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 Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld

Oh, this book. It is a must have for primary teachers. There are a myriad of emotions explored here. And a lot of advice. Sometimes, though, it is all about being heard.

Draw the Line by Kathryn Otoshi

This title explores conflict, cooperative play and creative solutions. Wordless.

Trees by Lemniscates

A beautiful exploration of trees and seasons.

Vivid: Poems & Notes about Color by Julie Paschkis

This one is released later this month. A gorgeous exploration of colours – from the factual to the imaginative. Absolutely wonderful.

Bugs from Head to Tail by Stacey Roderick with illustrations by Kwanchai Moriya

I am very excited about this nonfiction titles as an inspiration for our own writing. An ideal mentor text. Part of a series by Kids Can Press. Guess and check and lots more.

The Secret Kingdom: Nek Chand, a Changing India, and a Hidden World of Art by Barb Rosenstock with illustrations by Claire A. Nivola 

This story fascinated me. I can’t wait to share it with students and to use it as a source of inspiration for creativity and imagining with loose parts.

Big Foot and Little Foot by Ellen Potter

A new series by Ellen Potter that I will be adding to our classroom library. Boy and Sasquatch become unlikely friends. Many adventures await, I am sure. A wonderful book about noticing and managing differences in a world of assumptions.

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed 

Completely engaging. What a wonderful choice for the Global Read Aloud. Amal is an incredibly courageous and compassionate character.

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Truly haunting. A story of ghosts – dead black boys who have been killed in ridiculously unnecessary ways. Blurs history with fiction. Such a read. Would make an incredible read aloud in a middle school classroom.

Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead

Sweet and endearing. Loved this title full of magic and affection.

Up next? The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

Reading Progress updates:

2018 Chapter Book Challenge: 29/60 complete

2018 Transitional Chapter books: 9/40 complete

Goodreads Challenge: 131/300 books read

Progress on challenge: 35 books behind schedule

#MustReadin2018: 18/30 complete

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 16/40 titles

Diverse Books in 2018: 22/40 books read

Monday October 26th, 2015

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

I have been sharing a reading photo of the week each week. Here are some of my students (and new friends) from last year who came by for a recess reading of Josh Funk‘s Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast. It was lots and lots of fun to share with them. One little one missed it and came by for her own reading the next day. Also, delightful!

Monday October 26th, 2015 There's a Book for That

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.

IMWAYR 2015

l have continued to be kind of missing in action from the book and blogging world. Hoping that will change in the next month. Really hoping, This is my second post in two days so looking a little promising . . . I have fallen back into the reading often and always habit so another good sign.

Books I loved:

The Bear Report by Thyra Heder

I don’t even have words. A must own. Really. truly beautiful. This title makes me cry and sigh and sit in absolute awe. I refuse to even write about the plot. Just trust me and go buy this book.

The Bear Report Monday October 26th, 2015 There's a Book for That

I Really Like Slop! by Mo Willems

Always highly entertaining. I am not sure if these are more fun to read alone or read aloud but I can never resist multiple reads both ways! This is quite hilarious. Gerald has some seriously entertaining reactions to Piggie’s slop concoctions.

I really Like Slop! Monday October 26th, 2015 There's a Book for That

Rhinos Don’t Eat Pancakes written by Anna Kemp and illustrated by Sara Oglivie

So what if you have very busy parents and then a rhino comes to stay? Are your parents going to listen? Isn’t is a little obvious? Rhinos are big and not exactly suited to living in a house! This is highly amusing and there are some definite enthusiastic pancake eating scenes.

Rhinos Don't Eat Pancakes Monday October 26th, 2015 There's a Book for That

Ten Flashing Fireflies written by Philemon Sturges and illustrated by Anna Vojtech

A beautiful counting book filled with light and surprises.

Ten flashing Fireflies Monday October 26th, 2015 There's a Book for That

Elephant in the Dark (Based on a poem by Rumi) written by Mina Javaherbin and illustrated by Eugene Yelchin

I cannot wait to share this book with my class and hear their reactions. So I will save my words about this lovely book until then. 🙂

 Elephant in the Dark Monday October 26th, 2015 There's a Book for That

Monster Trouble! written by Lane Fredrickson and illustrated by Michael Robertson

Rhyming and adorable. Winifred Schnitzel discovers what makes monsters run for the hills!

Monster Trouble! Monday October 26th, 2015 There's a Book for That

We did some beautiful art to accompany this title. I will share more photos soon. But this little striped tight monster was a particular favourite of mine.

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Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed

A powerful, engrossing read about 17 year old Naila who finds herself trapped into a forced marriage when her family brings her back to Pakistan. I couldn’t put this book down and immediately began recommending it to everyone. Definitely a young adult, not to be missed, title.

 Written in the Stars Monday October 26th, 2015 There's a Book for That

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

This book is about many things – a young girl whose rare disease traps her in her home away from the outside world, first love, huge risks and secrets that you never saw coming. I look forward to reading more from this author.

everything, everything Monday October 26th, 2015 There's a Book for That

Updates on my 2015 Reading Goals:

2015 Chapter Book Challenge: 57/80 complete

Goodreads Challenge: 350/415 books read

#MustReadin2015: 16/24 complete

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 64/100 titles

Diverse Books in 2015: 42/50 books read

Up next? I am reading I’ll be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan