It’s Monday! What are you reading?
I have been sharing a reading photo of the week each week. Now that it is summer, I am not surrounded every day with little readers so . . . I am choosing moments from the year not previously shared. Here is a moment during Reading Workshop where quiet reading had to be interrupted for some choral reading together!
From the classroom 2014/2015 archives:
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.
I missed last week because we were away on holiday so this post includes two weeks of reading. I will try to be brief!
On the blog:
For Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Favourite Fairy Tale Retellings
A collection of picture books featuring whales and details of my gray whale sighting!
My classroom library: Beyond the books, 10 important features
A celebration in photos of our time away
Sunday Reflections: Goals for my Readers
Books I read and loved:
Sonya’s Chickens by Phoebe Wahl
This title was waiting for me in my mailbox when I arrived home from my trip. Thank you Tundra Books! I had a hard time getting past the cover – isn’t it gorgeous? And then I looked under the book jacket – the book jacket is 2 sided. There was some swooning and dancing before I could sit down and read this book. Once I read it, I missed my class! This book will be a title I share in the first week of school when I still have my class from last year. I can’t wait to see how those students respond. Sonya is raising chickens and takes her job ever so seriously. Not only does she care for these chickens, she adores them. One night, there is a lot of noise out in the coop and Sonya needs her parent’s guidance to navigate what has happened. A story about nature, responsibility and hope.
Ninja! by Arree Chung
This book is full of cheeky energy! Would be very fun to read aloud to a young group of listeners.
Crankenstein written by Samantha Berger and illustrated by Dan Santat
Hmm. . . I think there are some mornings when Crankenstein lives at my house. I won’t say who in my family seems to disappear when he arrives. But let’s just say I have met this character!
The New Small Person by Lauren Child
A sweet and honest little story about adjusting to a new sibling.
Hug Me by Simona Ciraolo
Loved the illustrations and that the main character in need of a hug was a cactus! Think this would prompt lots of discussions about not making assumptions. Very cute.
The Grasshopper & the Ants by Jerry Pinkney
A gorgeously illustrated rendition of the popular fable – with a bit of a musical twist.
Sona and the Wedding Game written by Kashmira Sheth and illustrated by Yoshiko Jaeggi
I learned so much about Hindu wedding ceremonies! This book was pure delight.
Ruby on the Outside by Nora Raleigh Baskin
A different kind of grieving – for a way family might have been. A story of courage and secrets and friendship. Would make a wonderful book club title.
Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg
I read this in one sitting while we were away on holiday. I got completely caught up with the characters. So much vulnerability, I worried about everyone. a beautiful book about relationships, honesty and living your truth.
None of the Above by I.W. Gregario
What an important YA title about a character who is intersex – something she does not discover until she is eighteen years old. Author I.W. Gregario is a practicing surgeon as well as an author so the medical aspects of the book are well explained. But this is more than a scientific read – it is very much a story of a girl who must come to terms with ignorant reactions from her peers and her own developing understanding of who she is. How can something physical define so much? Does it?
George by Alex Gino
I picked this up at my local public library in the ARC section. How much do I love that this is a middle grade novel? It is a book I would love to have in my classroom library if I was teaching grade 4 again. What I know to be true – reading about experiences and differences removes ridiculous stereotypes and confusion and cruelty stemming from simple ignorance. Books like this allow children to read about a transgendered child and be able to get some of their questions answered. For a transgendered child, well, wow this book would mean everything. Also, I must celebrate these characters. Of course George is wonderful – she is open and honest and real. Also loved her brother and best friend. And the principal! Fantastic read. Look for it from Scholastic later this month.
A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord
A group of us has a twitter chat coming up this Wednesday to talk about this book. I can’t wait! For now, I will say this. I teared up three times reading it. Cynthia Lord, what a writer!
Updates on my 2015 Reading Goals:
2015 Chapter Book Challenge: 45/80 complete
Goodreads Challenge: 275/415 books read
#MustReadin2015: 15/24 complete
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 52/100 titles
Diverse Books in 2015: 31/50 books read
Up next? My children and I are reading Mark of a Thief by Jennifer A. Nielsen and I am reading (finally, I know, I know) Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson