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. This past week has been all about sorting and stacking. Where is the best spot for each book? And then how am I going to make a system so students can access titles? New grade, new class means new thinking. There is a blog post brewing . . .
And look at all of those piles! I am not even close to done.
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.
On the Blog:
This week was all about #pb10for10! My list? Big questions: picture books that inspire philosophical discussion
Books I enjoyed:
If a T. Rex Crashes your Birthday Party written by Jill Esbaum with illustrations by Dasha Tolstikova
What could go wrong? This book provides a list. Stinky breath. Loud tantrums. Ineptitude with party games (those little arms). Pure disaster? It seems so. Or does it? A great title for dino lovers and birthday party enthusiasts. I giggled through it. Perfect story time title.
This Book Just Ate My Dog! by Richard Byrne
Really, really funny. And interactive and delightful. If I was teaching Grade 1 this year, this would be a first week read aloud.
Barnacle is Bored by Jonathan Fenske
This book is so well done. Talking about the story is giving away the story. So I’ll just say this: clever, really funny, perfect read aloud to inspire much conversation about how to look at life.
The Mutts Diaries by Patrick McDonnell
Strips collected. I love reading these first thing in the morning and just smiling to myself.
Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart
I had a really hard time leaving this book to do all of the things life requires: eat, sleep, empty the dishwasher, wake up my kids. I was completely taken with these characters from page one. Gephart can write. And her words are full of human, of beauty, of deep feelings. It’s hard to describe the reading experience. You will get battered. You will worry. You will learn. And you will connect deeply to these characters. I now want everyone I know to read this book so we can talk about it. There is so much here. And I haven’t even talked plot. Go. Find the book. Meet Lily. Meet Dunkin. You will be better because of it.
Reading Progress updates:
2016 Chapter Book Challenge: 32/75 complete
Goodreads Challenge: 219/400 books read
#MustReadin2016: 20/30 complete
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 31/100 titles
Diverse Books in 2016: 28/50 books read
Up Next? I am reading a number of titles including Nine, Ten: A September 11th Story