It’s Monday! What are you reading?
Each week I share a reading photo of the week. I haven’t been teaching for the past two weeks (Spring Break) so I don’t have any reading photos from my classroom. Instead, I will share a view I had on holiday for a week. This was what I looked at when I sat in my reading and writing place. This is early morning after a night of rain.
As we were away last week, I didn’t share a #IMWAYR post so this post includes 2 weeks of reading. Lots of novels!
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.
On the blog:
I have written everyday for the Slice of Life challenge. All of these posts can be found here.
If you missed it, I celebrated our week long author/illustrator study of Melissa Sweet here: Riding Through an Artist’s Life
Books I enjoyed:
The Dead Bird written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Christian Robinson
This is the newly illustrated (2016) edition of Brown‘s 1938 title. I think it is beautiful. Perfectly captures children’s fascination with death and their gentle care. I purchased this one for my collection of books on death and grief.
Spare Dog Parts written by Alison Hughes and illustrated by Ashley Spires
A little girl imagines how her dog must have come to be. Lots of charming in Spires’ illustrations.
Pink is for Blobfish: Discovering the World’s Perfectly Pink Animals written by Jess Keating with illustrations by David DeGrand
I shared lesson ideas for this title in my #nfpb2016 post this week. A must own.
The Princess in Black and the Angry Bunny Horde (Princess in Black #3) written by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale and illustrated by LeUyen Pham
Seriously this is wacky. Purple bunnies that can destroy a landscape or worse in mere moments, on masse. But the best kind of wacky! Love this series for young readers!
Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart
Some kind of everything in this book. Fantastic, engaging, emotional, full of heart, full of adventure. This would make the ideal middle grade read aloud or book club selection- truly something for everyone! One of the first books of 2016, I won’t stop talking about!
Stand Off (Winger #2) by Andrew Smith
Ryan Dean West continues to be one of my all time favourite characters. The characters in this book . . . Just fantastic.
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
I read this aloud to my family – my 13 year old twins and my husband. Such a powerful story to share. We had moments of silence. On a few pages, I wept. It prompted many conversations. Incredible read.
Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead
This may be one of the all time most wise and wonderful book about preteen/young teen relationships ever. Friendships, choices, worries, decisions, forgiveness, care . . . Stead is an incredible writer.
Paper Hearts Meg Wivott
A novel in verse based on the true story of a group of young women who were forced to work at the munitions factory in Auschwitz while they were imprisoned in the camps. A story of incredible courage, friendship and survival. I couldn’t put it down.
This is the Story of You by Beth Kephart
Someone passed an ARC on to me and I opened the book and never looked up. I love Kephart’s writing more with each book. Reading her words is like being immersed in something beautiful. Everywhere you look is an image you want to hold on to and savour. Released in April 2016. Highly recommended.
Reading Progress updates:
2016 Chapter Book Challenge: 14/75 complete
Goodreads Challenge: 84/400 books read
#MustReadin2016: 12/30 complete
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 15/100 titles
Diverse Books in 2016: 9/50 books read
Up next? I am reading Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys Our family read aloud is Pax by Sara Pennypacker