It’s Monday! What are you reading?
Each week I share a reading photo of the week. Again, I have had a 2 week gap so I might have to share a few photos!
First, I always love to share our #classroombookaday Friday vote results (fewer voters this week as many children away ill)
I loved this photo of one of my students reading her book review to an adult visitor.
I also love this reading moment – picture walking a wordless book together.
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:
A nonfiction post about our Mock Sibert group on Goodreads
Two Celebration posts Last week’s The Moments and this week’s Proud!
A Sunday Reflection post thinking about relationships in the classrooms: 6 hours x 5 days x 10 months
My very first Slice of Life post: Should Be
Books I enjoyed: (2 weeks worth so just my favourites)
Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian and illustrated by Mike Curato
I think this picture book has shades of pure perfection within it. A spotlight on the ridiculous must be wedding planning that occurs when love should just prevail. And please note, this is love for love’s sake. Not love that fits in any cookie cutter mold. I adore this book. I see much raving in my future.
Be a Friend by Salina Yoon
Well, I am absolutely smitten. This book speaks of friendship and individuality and acceptance and patience. I am kind of in love.
I thought this in process picture drawn by my newly arrived from Saudi Arabia student was particularly meaningful after reading Salina’s Nerdy Book Club post
Many students drew and wrote about this title this week when we voted for our favourite picture book of the week.
The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
Well, well, well. A celebration of books, of voice, of change. Such a book.
Funny Bones:Posada and his Day of the Dead Calveras by Duncan Tonatiuh
The 2016 Sibert medal. An incredible biography of an artist who spoke to and of the people of Mexico.
Lickety-Split by Robert Heidbreder and illustrared by Dušan Petričić
Nonsense words can be ever so delightful.
What this Story needs is a Hush and a Shush by Emma J.Virján
These Pig in a Wig titles are must haves in a primary classroom. This one explores the necessity and challenges of bed time.
Sprout Helps Out by Rosie Winstead
Helping is not always a neat and tidy thing.
A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen
I read this aloud to my family and all of us were addicted. Absolutely engaging and fast paced. Highly recommended.
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
Wow. This book hits on so many themes: perseverance, coming of age, friendship, finding one’s place. All with a roller derby backdrop. Pretty spectacular.
More Happy than Not by Adam Silvera
So, hmmm. I did really like this book. 4 stars and lots of thinking worth of liking. But, I didn’t like the main character all that much. I liked him less and less and less as the book went on. That doesn’t make a book not great for me but it leaves me unsettled. However, I loved many of the other characters. A lot. A LOT, a lot. This book rotates around some serious depression and in such a long title, I found it exhausting. Again, not a reason to not like a book. But I would say the reading experience is more unhappy than not if truth be told. Also, there are some wild kind of plot lines here. It all works but it is a journey. So in the end, would I highly recommend this title? Not so sure. Glad to have had the experience. Glad to put it down.
Reading Progress updates:
2016 Chapter Book Challenge: 6/75 complete
Goodreads Challenge: 38/400 books read
#MustReadin2016: 5/30 complete
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 11/100 titles
Diverse Books in 2015: 6/50 books read
Up next? I am reading The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten