It’s Monday! What are you reading?
Each week I share a reading photo of the week. During the summer, these photos will be about getting my classroom library up and running for a room full of readers in September.
Here is my read aloud by theme collection nicely tucked into a cabinet.
Nonfiction? Yes! One area (still missing labels) sorted and ready for readers. Working on another area tomorrow.
This week, I started labelling spines by genre. Getting there literally one book at a time.
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 enjoyed:
Pirasaurs written by Josh Funk and illustrated by Michael Slack
Huge kid appeal in this title. I featured it earlier this week here.
The Knowing Book written by Rebecca Kai Dotlich with illustrations by Matthew Cordell
When this book was first published, someone said it was my kind of book. It is most definitely my kind of book. Gently perfect. I think I need to own it.
A Beginner’s Guide To Bear Spotting by Michelle Robinson with illustrations by David Roberts
This is funny – funny while all the while worried about a child actually getting mauled by a bear – funny. Very interesting to use as a mentor text for writing – how are facts and humour woven throughout? Would love to read this aloud to a group of students.
Ooko by Esmé Shapiro
The perfect kind of quirky, charming story line and illustrations. Lots of humour. And a dose of what to look for in a friend advice. Pay close attention.
The Dunderheads by Paul Fleischman with illustrations by David Roberts
How had I missed reading this one? Love David Roberts’ illustrations here. .
This is NOT a Cat! by David Larochelle with illustrations by Mike Wohnoutka
This would be a very fun and loud read aloud experience with little listeners who would soon become active participants. Such fun!
Clara Humble and the Not so Super Powers by Anna Humphrey with illustrations by Lisa Cinar
This is the first book in a new series perfectly suited to readers Grade 3 and up. Clara Humble is convinced that she has super powers. More and more things happen that make it seem perfectly plausible. And if you have super powers, you really should use them . . . Right? This title has much young reader appeal: interesting comic drawings featuring @Cat (Clara’s very own comic strip), an honest, mistake making character full of creative plans and imaginative thinking and a plot full of action, adventure and friendship mishaps. Like many chapter book series for younger readers, this title is fast paced and funny but it doesn’t shy away from allowing the reader to experience some of Clara’s challenges and blunders and what she needs to do to make things right. I look forward to introducing this series to my new class this fall.
Nine, Ten: A September 11th Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Told from the perspective of four different young characters in the few days preceding September 11th, 2001, this novel weaves themes of human connection, vulnerabilities and emotions. Powerful, honest and important. Beautiful writing by Baskin.
Reading Progress updates:
2016 Chapter Book Challenge: 34/75 complete
Goodreads Challenge: 231/400 books read
#MustReadin2016: 20/30 complete
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 32/100 titles
Diverse Books in 2016: 29/50 books read
Up Next? I am reading The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly