It’s Monday! What are you reading?
Each week I share at least one reading photo of the week.
Here are students completing lists of their favourite books of the year. We created this list together.
Buddy reading with the Grade 1 class and some of my students from last year who came to visit.
#classroombookaday titles included some of my favourite nonfiction titles.
Working on symmetry with square tiles and pentominoes.
How cute is this book worm handmade for me by a student?
Nonfiction titles that shaped our year.
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 loved
Islandborn written by Junot Díaz with illustrations by Leo Espinosa
This is definitely a title that will be part of my Mock Caldecott list for 2019. Lola needs to draw a picture of where she is from but she doesn’t have any memories. So she asks family, friends and members of the community to talk about images of the Island where she was born. What results is a vivid journey into memories and stories. Longer text and stunning illustrations. One of my favourites of the year.
Drawn Together written by Minh Lê and illustrated by Dan Santat
I always love texts that portray intergenerational relationships. A special story about how grandson and grandfather find a way to connect
Happy Dreamer by Peter H. Reynold
Bursting with hope, inspiration and reassurance. Lovely little book.
Flashlight Night written by Matt Forrest Esenwinewith illustrations by Fred Koehler
What might you see when you point your flashlight into dark spaces? Gorgeous and imaginative.
Dude! by Aaron Reynolds and Dan Santat
One word tells this story of two little friends – a platypus and a beaver encounter a shark. What you think might happen doesn’t. Pretty cute.
Love Is by Diane Adams with illustrations by Claire Keane
One duckling and one girl that cares for her over a year. Sweet.
I Am a Cat by Galia Bernstein
Kitten meets big cats – the big cats. He is not like them, they each point out. But little Simon clearly is cat enough.
Olga #2 We’re Out of Here by Elise Gravel
Elise Gravel has a wonderfully weird mind that allows her to come up with odd and quirky books. High student appeal – the only reason I got to read this one is that summer happened and it ended up back on the shelf. The second in a series – full of humour and fun. And lots of unexpected.
In Sight of Stars by Gae Polisner
Beautiful writing takes us through the hard and heartbreak of the grieving process – sometimes so muddy and muddled we need a lot of guidance getting through. Loved Klee and all of those guiding him through. Polisner is one of my favourite YA authors. I will read anything she writes!
Up next? I am almost finished Amal Unbound and then will be starting Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Reading Progress updates:
2018 Chapter Book Challenge: 26/60 complete
2018 Transitional Chapter books: 8/40 complete
Goodreads Challenge: 123/300 books read
Progress on challenge: 32 books behind schedule
#MustReadin2018: 15/30 complete
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 15/40 titles
Diverse Books in 2018: 20/40 books read