Monday May 22nd, 2017

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

Each week I share a  reading photo of the week.  Or two 🙂

These two are pointing out that we just have the first six titles in this series and . . . don’t I feel like doing a little book shopping? Because there are more titles . . . Hint. Hint. How can I resist?


Kids and books are everywhere during buddy reading!


#classroombookaday photo We have been travelling the world learning about biomes, ecosystems, evolution, endangered animals, etc. Love nonfiction books!


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:

The Red Bicycle: The Extraordinary Story of One Ordinary Bicycle written by Jude Isabella and illustrated by Simone Shin

This Citizen Kid title would make an excellent read aloud in the classroom. One very special bicycle makes its way from North America to West Africa.

Melvis and Elvis written by Dennis Lee and illustrated by Jeremy Tankard

My children were raised on Dennis Lee! I love sharing his work in the classroom too and this title will find a spot next to all of our other Dennis Lee titles in the poetry section on our shelves. Lots of silly here!

The Case of the Stinky Stench written by Josh Funk and illustrated by Brendan Kearney

Another full out fridge adventure. Some suspicious stenches accompany Josh Funk’s delightful rhyming text. Another winner!

My Canada: An Illustrated Atlas by Katherine Dearlove and illustrated by Lori Joy Smith

Can’t wait to share this one in my classroom. Perfect title for students to navigate.

Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly

This might be my favourite title so far by Kelly. Four main characters and some delightful supporting roles (love Virgil’s Lola). Unique characters here. Individual. Lonely. Determined. A highly, highly recommended middle grade read.

Reading Progress updates:

2017 Chapter Book Challenge: 26/75 complete

Goodreads Challenge: 129/365 books read

Progress on challenge: 11 books behind schedule

#MustReadin2017: 15/30 complete

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 21/50 titles

Diverse Books in 2016: 20/50 books read

Up next? I have a few titles on the go including Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel by Kimberly Willis Holt and See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng

Celebration: What’s Working

So. Hmm. Well.

My class. They keep me busy.

Some things, we are working on. Really working on. On a daily basis. Transitions. Listening. Stamina. Did I mention transitions?

Every week I have some new ideas. Some work. Some, not so much.

I keep trying.

Yesterday, I had a late afternoon walk in the sunshine and thought about all that is working. Some things really are. Today, these things are my celebration. I am counting them up and holding them close. These things. My students. Day by day, we are moving along. It is worth being excited about. We need to stand tall and proud in the land of what we can do and know that it is also what we love.

And so I celebrate: What’s working? 

Building challenges. A small group that I select and a bin of materials. New people to learn from, negotiate with, be inspired by. Building structures and building community. They think the first one is the task, I know it is all about the second.

Celebration: What's Working

Poetry books. Echo reading. Choral reading.  A booklet in our book box that we can read together with smiles and read to an adult with confidence. Our current favourite poet? Dennis Lee

Garbage Delight

Movement breaks. With silly sounds I make up on the spot. The sillier, the better. We totter and balance and swoop about and ready ourselves for more of the day. Exercise is energizing.

Celebration: What's Working

#Pcturebookaday And voting for our favourites. This week we visited previous Caldecott honour and medal winners. So much fun to share King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub! by Audrey and Don Wood

King Bidgood's in the Bathtub

Buddy Reading Always a huge success! We host the kindergarten class. The room is noisy, full of language and proud, engaged little readers.


Art A few months in and we are taking risks. Persevering. Celebrating. The room is filling up with our efforts. (The stack of birds above is also a recent student art piece 🙂 )

Celebration: What's Working

And when I really need proof, I remember that one Friday afternoon this was left on the board.

Celebration: What's Working

Thank you to Ruth Ayres and the #celebratelu community!

Being part of a community that regularly shares gratitude and celebrations truly transforms my weeks.