It’s Monday! What are you reading?
I have been sharing a reading photo of the week each week. Because I am on Spring Break and have no student photos to share, I will share a photo of part of my reading stack at the Seattle Public Library Saturday afternoon. We just returned from six days in Seattle – and spent lots of time with books – at the library, at book stores and at cafes with novels in hand. Happy, happy, happy.
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 worked very hard to limit the picture books I want to share here to ten. And then I couldn’t. So there are eleven. All of these are fantastic. I will limit my comments though so that this post is not endless 🙂
In by Nikki McClure
So, well, McClure is insanely talented. I look at the images in her picture books and just shake my head in awe. This book was full of childhood passion and perseverance. Reminded me of some of the lovely long days when my children were younger.
Special Delivery written by Phllip C. Stead and illustrated by Matthew Cordell
Oh my goodness. How exactly does one send an elephant to a Great Aunt named Josephine? We absolutely need this picture book to help us wonder. Love!
Lucky by David Mackintosh
Kids have some very big imaginations. And once you begin to think one thing . . . Assumptions, dreams and pineapple. How I adore David Mackintosh.
The World According to Musk Ox written by Erin Cabatingan and illustrated by Matthew Myers
My students love this particular Musk Ox. His antics in this tale will need to come and be a part of our classroom library. And while we are giggling, we will brush up on our geography.
I Don’t Want to be a Frog written by Dev Petty and illustrated by Mike Boldt
I do have a thing for frog books. A frog book about a frog who doesn’t embrace the wonderful “froginess” of frogs? Oh no! But oh yes, how very, very clever! Well, well done Dev Petty.
Hunters of the Great Forest by Dennis Nolan
Let’s just say that if my children were these little hunters and they found this treat to this scale, well, a sweet kind of heaven, indeed!
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School written by Davide Cali and illustrated by Benjamin Chaud
Benjamin Chaud. Love, love, love him. And this book reminds me in the best of ways of a favourite title of mine: John Burningham’s John Patrick Norman McHennessy – the boy who was always late So this means, a winner. Yes, I had to buy it. Did I mention that it is teeny, tiny in size? So it will be perfect for a book basket in our room labelled: A Funny Little Book Box. All kinds of meant to be.
Red, Yellow, Blue by C.G. Esperanza
A colour mixing masterpiece. Stunning visually.
The Zoo by Suzy Lee
I am not quite sure how Suzy Lee does what she does. She continually knocks me over.
Extreme Opposites by Max Dalton
Oh so very funny. Go experience this book. Simple in concept. Big on clever.
Standing in for Lincoln Green by David Mackintosh
Another Mackintosh? Yep. Because more than one is better. Or is it? Hold on, am I now talking about this book?
I read some great novels this week.
Arcady’s Goal by Eugene Yelchin
A book you can pick up and read in one sitting. But images will follow you around for days. Wow.
Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell
An absolutely lovely middle grade read. Full of imagination, hope, courage and the magic of the unnoticed.
When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds
I have so much to say about this book. But I am only going to say this. What characters. What quietly bold and beautifully human characters. Jason Reynolds, these characters you write . . .
Updates on my 2015 Reading Goals:
2015 Chapter Book Challenge: 13/80 complete
Goodreads Challenge: 102/415 books read
#MustReadin2015: 7/24 complete
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 22/100 titles
Diverse Books in 2015: 12/50 books read
Up next? I am reading Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms by Katherine Rundell. Loving this author. And she has a new title coming out in September.