It’s Monday! What are you reading?
Some Mondays have passed and I haven’t shared – report cards, end of the year busy, my daughter’s incredible dance show – all pulled me away. Now, I need to play catch up!
Each week I share at least one reading photo of the week. Here are a few.
Reading a little Dan Santat to an imaginary audience
Serious fan of the Fan Brothers.
#classroombookaday titles to share
Wonderfully weird and wild.
Interacting with animals.
Some of my absolute favourites.
We have been making book lists of our favourite titles of the year. This is serious business!
There are book piles everywhere!
Making sure we don’t miss any!
Symmetry play in math.
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
Little Robot Alone written by Patricia MacLachlan and Emily MacLachlin Charest with illustrations by Matt Phelan
I am partial to Phelan’s illustrations. Pretty darn cute. A little robot needs a friend and what a wonderful companion he creates!
If I Had a Horse by Gianna Marino
Just beautiful. Whimsical pages. Horse dreams.
On the Night of the Shooting Star written by Amy Hest and illustrated by Jenni Desmond
We can never have enough delightful and charming friendship books. This one is extra special.
A Bike Like Sergio’s by Maribeth Boelts and illustrated by Noah Z. Jones
So impressed with this team that creates picture books that allow us to look at children’s lives where money is not easy. This book explores challenging, ethical decisions in a child’s life and is so, so well done.
When Sophie Thinks She Can’t… by Molly Bang
All about growth mindset and the power of the magical word Yet. More lesson than story but still worth sharing. Didn’t love this one as much as I was hoping to.
Hawk Rising written by Maria Gianferrari with illustrations by Brian Floca
For three summers in a row, Cooper hawks nested in the trees on our street and in our yard. I have been in love with crows ever since. This book is about red-tailed hawks and we are able to follow them throughout a day. Beautiful illustrations, powerful words. A gorgeous nonfiction title.
What’s Your Favorite Bug? by Eric Carle and Friends (out at the end of July)
I am a real fan of these What’s Your Favorite? series. In a classroom that reads lots of picture books, there is such joy in recognizing the style of a known and loved illustrators! This title is just as wonderful as the others in the series! I will want to purchase a hardcover copy this summer.
Wild Orca: The Oldest, Wisest Whale in the World written by Brenda Patterson and illustrated by Wendell Minor (out in September)
Thank you to Raincoast Books for sending me an ARC of this book. I shared it with my students who were completely enamoured. Especially as many children in my room have been lucky enough to spot orcas from ferries in our BC waters. The students loved that a community watches out for these whales and knows their calls and habits. Lots of learning about wonderful whales that inhabit our oceans.
The Heart and Mind of Frances Pauley by April Stevens
I finished reading this on the bus yesterday on the way to a dance class and found myself quietly sobbing. Just a beautiful book about friendships, nature and the many ways to be alive. Incredible sibling relationship develops over the course of the book. An incredible friendship between young Frances and the more than eighty year old wise and wonderful school bus driver. A place in the rocks. Crow watching. Crisp, cold air. Figuring it all out. Loved this MG title.
Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore
I wanted to love this YA novel. And I really liked aspects of it. But, it was just not for me. Multiple possible endings. And realities? Just too much.
Loser’s Bracket by Chris Crutcher
This book I really liked. Such an exploration of family. If you love YA realistic fiction that is real and true and gritty, I highly recommend this one! I was waking up before 6 a.m. to sneak in pages.
Up next? So excited to begin In Sight of Stars by Gae Polisner
Reading Progress updates:
2018 Chapter Book Challenge: 24/60 complete
2018 Transitional Chapter books: 8/40 complete
Goodreads Challenge: 111/300 books read
Progress on challenge: 32 books behind schedule
#MustReadin2018: 13/30 complete
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 13/40 titles
Diverse Books in 2018: 18/40 books read