Monday November 16th, 2015

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

I have been sharing a reading photo of the week each week.

This week I have two. Both are all about reading engagement. These moments are everything when you are trying to grow readers.

Monday November 16th, 2015 There's a Book for That

Monday November 16th, 2015 There's a Book for That

I had to tweet about this book love shared above

We read some fantastic titles this week for #classroombookaday. Enemy Pie was well loved. We are reading lots of books on relationships and friendships. My students have requested it. Next week we will begin to read previous Caldecott honor and medal winners in anticipation of our Mock Caldecott in December.

Monday November 16th, 2015 There's a Book for That

I also loved how one little reader chose the simple but powerful Say Hello.

Monday November 16th, 2015 There's a Book for That

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.

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Here I am again on Monday! And I shared for #nfpb2015 on Wednesday! Getting back into the blogging groove has been wonderful!

On the blog:

Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday: Counting Lions 

Books I loved this week:

Fall Leaves written by Loretta Holland and illustrated by Elly MacKay

This is a wonderful nonfiction title about what happens all around us when it is fall. Stunning illustrations perfect for this title by Elly MacKay. Lots to inspire learning and questions with primary students.

Fall Leaves Monday November 16th, 2015 There's a Book for That

Shadow Chasers by Elly MacKay

Again, these illustrations are incredible. I loved the premise of this title more than its execution.

Shadow Chasers Monday November 16th, 2015 There's a Book for That

Counting Lions: Portraits from the Wild is written by Katie Cotton and illustrated by Stephen Walton. Virginia McKenna (from the Born Free Foundation) writes the forward

I shared this gorgeous book in my nonfiction post this week – see the link above. Perfect for a discussion about endangered animals and shrinking habitats.

Counting Lions Monday November 16th, 2015 There's a Book for That

The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage written by Selina Alko and illustrated by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko

I read this aloud at dinner tonight with my family and it prompted a lot of discussion about laws that have over time and in different countries prohibited marriage for various reasons. We loved the collaborative illustrations and the author’s note in the back which made us a little teary. Such an important read.

The Case for Loving- The Fight for Interracial Marriage

Poppy’s Best Paper written by Susan Eaddy and illustrated by Rosalinde Bennet

This was a suggestion from one of my favourite booksellers at Vancouver Kidsbooks. The perfect book to talk about Writing Workshop. Also perfect to explore friendships, peer relationships, jealousy, doing our best, etc. So many great themes.

Poppy's Best Paper Monday November 16th, 2015 There's a Book for That

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

This is a rare adult read. It was pure escapism. Did I love it? Not really. But definitely held my attention and took my mind off of other things.

the_husbands_secret-Monday November 16th, 2015 There's a Book for That

Up next? I am reading MosquitoLand by David Arnold

Updates on my 2015 Reading Goals:

2015 Chapter Book Challenge: 60/80 complete

Goodreads Challenge: 373/415 books read

#MustReadin2015: 16/24 complete

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 67/100 titles

Diverse Books in 2015: 44/50 books read

Monday March 17th, 2014

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

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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. One of the very best ways to discover what to read next!

Picture books I enjoyed this week:

How to Hide a Lion by Helen Stephens 

I found this picture book so endearing. It is truly about a little girl attempting to hide a lion in her house. The lion’s expressions are hilarious. Love the old fashioned feeling of the illustrations. Would be the perfect book for story time.

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Bits & Pieces by Judy Schachner

Shhh. Confession: I am not a fan of Schachner’s popular Skippyjon Jones series. I love the illustrations but the stories just don’t do it for me. So I went into this book with some skepticism. I was quite pleasantly surprised. The illustrations are lovely and the story is ideal for cat lovers everywhere. It really speaks to the eccentricities of animals and the absolute love their owners have for them. Sweet.

bits & pieces #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Aviary Wonders Inc. Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual by Kate Samworth

I think this book is a must own. I featured it in my Nonfiction Wednesday post this past week. Gorgeous art. Odd in the most delightful ways.

Aviary Wonders Inc #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

If You Hold a Seed by Elly MacKay

Travel time and various seasons with a little boy who plants a seed. Soon that seed is a tree. The light in these illustrations is incredible.

If You Hold a Seed #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

How Martha Saved her Parents From Green Beans written by David LaRochelle and illustrated by Mark Fearing

Lots of silly. Ideal for children who love drama, clear bad guys and big doses of humour. Martha must save her green-bean-consumping-pushy parents from a wild band of green bean hooligans who have captured them. Maybe just too silly. Maybe not.

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How Big Were Dinosaurs? by Lita Judge

I am in such awe of Lita Judge. She delivers information about dinosaurs through beautiful illustrations and interesting facts. Each dinosaur featured here is drawn next to something that children already know to allow them to imagine the exact size of the dinosaur. For example, the velociraptor was only the size of a modern day dog. The image shown is of a velociraptor on a leash near by a dog also out for a walk. Engaging and endearing.

#IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Other reading? After reading an impressive seven novels last week, I only finished one this week. Basically, this is because I have been healthy (nothing like being sick in bed to get lots of reading finished) and busy with parent teacher conferences and my children’s events. But, if I could only read one novel, this was a fantastic read!

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

I am quite hooked on these Lunar Chronicles and look forward to getting my hands on Cress, the final book in the trilogy. I was impressed how both Cinder and Scarlet played key roles in this novel. Like the first in the series, it was highly entertaining – full of dramatic twists, lots of action and fascinating characters. All of the characters link together beautifully.

*Updated: I just discovered that there is actually going to be a fourth title in this series called Winter to be released in 2015! Excited!

Scarlet #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Next up? I have just started Allegiant and another wonderful stack of #MustReadin2014 titles including Better Nate than Ever in my pile of reads for this break.

Reading Goal updates:

2014 Chapter Book Challenge: 20/100 novels complete

Goodeads Challenge: 133/650 books read

#MustReadin2014: 9/30 complete

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 42/65 complete