It’s Monday! What are you reading?
I have been sharing a reading photo of the week each week. This picture makes me completely smile. This is one of our readers from the BLG law firm that visits with a new book each week. He is reading us Strongheart: The World’s First Movie Star Dog. I love that one listener couldn’t remain seated and stood next to him through the entire read aloud.
This week it has to be two photos as it just gets cuter! My class so loves to be read to!
This week I also shared details of some very special buddy reading we did when we had a K class visit us from another school.
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 read a wide variety of picture books this week:
Gaston written by Kelly Dipucchio and illustrated by Christian Robinson
What makes family? Having your Dad’s blue eyes or feeling like you belong? This book lets us ask those important questions. There will also be some giggles and smirks along the way.
The Way to the Zoo by John Burningham
I love all that John Burningham does! He captures vivid childhood imagination so very well.
Strongheart The World’s First Movie Star Dog by Emily Arnold McCully
What an interesting story about a retired police dog that started acting in silent movies. We learned about Strongheart’s training, how he needed to be taught how to play and about his deep connections to his owners. My students were captivated.
Coyote Run by Gaëtan Dorémus
Wild wordless about the wild west. Won’t be for everyone but should be experienced.
Sam’s Pet Temper written by Sangeeta Bhadra and illustrated by Marion Arbona
This book explores many aspects of anger and self control – some really quite well. Others, still not sure as I haven’t had a chance to “kid test” this book. Love how strategies of calming down are explored.
Camp Rex by Molly Idle
This book made me nostalgic for story time with my own children – I can see this being a read it again and again title when they were small. Charming. Sweet. Silly.
The Enemy by Davide Cali and Serge Bloch
I can see this book being used in a high school class and keeping conversation going for days. Not a book I would pick up and read without previewing with a primary class. Could intermediate classes manage this? Absolutely. There is much to talk about. It poses such large and important questions about war. Just who is the enemy? What and whose purposes does war serve? How do we remember the humanity behind each soldier? Powerful.
In other reading:
Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon
I literally laughed out loud multiple times reading this book. It is absolutely silly and full of fantasy, imagination and “made-up-ish-ness” attached to many things. It is over the top at the same time as absolutely accurately portraying sibling dynamics, parent frustration and little child antics. Full of wonderful illustrations, this has ADORED written all over it.
The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern
Whoa Maggie. What a girl you are. Voice bellows from the pages. What a family. So much that is challenging. Not much that is perfect. So very endearing.
Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero
If you just read the poems in this book, I suspect it would garner its fair share of 5/5 ratings. But then there is Gabi and her story. Her story is everything. She is surrounded by issues via her family, her friends, her own experiences. Drug addiction. Teenage Pregnancy. Coming out. Family rejection. Teenage hormones. Teenage dreams. Grief. Angst. Passion. Gabi is . . . such an out there character -not out there as in extreme or strange but out there in terms of honest and real and relatable. Loved this novel for so many reasons. Highly recommended.
Updates on my 2015 Reading Goals:
2015 Chapter Book Challenge: 18/80 complete
Goodreads Challenge: 145/415 books read
#MustReadin2015: 8/24 complete
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 30/100 titles
Diverse Books in 2015: 14/50 books read
Up next? I am about to begin Listen, Slowly by Thanhhà Lai