It’s Monday! What are you reading?
I have been sharing a reading photo of the week each week. This week I had to share a very special reading moment. This is one of many reading duos that happens during afternoon reading where a more confident reader spontaneously reads aloud to a growing reader who joins in when he or she can. It it a pretty delightful thing to watch.
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.
I missed last week’s post due to a computer glitch so this is 2 weeks worth of updates. I narrowed it down to my favourite picture books to keep the list reasonable.
On the blog:
For Top Ten Tuesday: Ten dinner invitations I would accept in the world of MG/YA fiction
Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday: Some beginning read alouds
An honest check in regarding the literacy in my new classroom: Celebration: From Here
Celebration: Little Sparks (a week later we are beginning to fan those little sparks)
Books I loved:
I am Yoga written by Susan Verde and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
Gorgeous. It reads calm and pure just like its message.
Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast written by Josh Funk and illustrated by Brendan Kearney
I was so thrilled to share this title as a read aloud and am even more excited to invite my last year’s students to a recess read aloud later this week (we pre-loved this book back in June). So much silly, so much funny, rhymes that work and a trail of suspense as we move through a refrigerator adventure. We laughed a lot during this book but there was also lots of absolutely “captured” little faces waiting to discover what would happen next! Josh Funk managed to achieve an ideal balance between the silly and the adventure. I actually read this aloud to an adult after school on Thursday who was equally captivated. It’s that good that you immediately want to rush out and find a listener!
Some highlights of our read aloud experience:
- Early on when Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast announced that they were going to race for the last drop of syrup, one little boy started to quietly chant, “Share it! Share it!” At the end, he shook his head. “See, they should have shared.”
- On page four, one child leaned into another and announced: “I like this book already.”
- During the bean avalanche, one little boy started shaking his head, “Oh oh. The beans are waking up and getting cranky.”
- When BVW did his thing (avoiding a spoiler alert for those of you who haven’t read it), many children began a conversation that ended with general consensus that BVW should be eaten!
- There was pure despair when the butter was going to be shared. “No, don’t let the butter die!”
- During playtime, about 30 minutes after we finished the book, one little boy came up to me and said very seriously, “I’m voting for the waffle.”
- This was our #classroombookaday book of the week with many many votes and a little note scrawled on the chalkboard that I discovered at the end of the day “+ 500 more”
In a Cloud of Dust by Alma Fullerton and illustrated by Brian Deines
An important book that depicts how access to education is so very complicated. With a bicycle, a long arduous walk transforms into a manageable ride.
Elwood Bigfoot: Wanted: Birdie Friends by Jill Esbaum and illustrated by Nate Wragg
This is one sweet book. So lovely that I will soon be featuring it on the blog with student reactions (also very sweet). I am completely smitten with Elwood.
Water Can Be . . . by Laura Purdie Salas and illustrated by Violeta Dabija
I adore all of these titles by Salas and Dabija but am perhaps most excited to share this one with my class when we begin our theme on water in a few weeks. Such an amazing book to allow students to think more broadly and creatively about something so much a part of their lives.
Hilo: The Boy who Crashed to the Earth by Judd Winick
Oh Hilo! Joy. Adventure. High degree of action. Engaging characters. An absolute winner in the graphic novel department.
The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens
It is totally cliche to talk of being completely lost in a book about being lost in the mountains. But, this book pulled me in and I had a really difficult time putting it down. Lori Lansens is one of my all time favourite writers so I couldn’t miss this title when I heard it was released. An incredible survival story that leads us nowhere safe through memories, dreams and visions. Wolf Truly sets off on his eighteenth birthday to jump to his death from a ridge overlooking Palm Springs. Up on the mountain he meets three women, three generations of one family who become stranded with Wolf. This is a story you won’t soon forget.
Updates on my 2015 Reading Goals:
2015 Chapter Book Challenge: 54/80 complete
Goodreads Challenge: 332/415 books read
#MustReadin2015: 16/24 complete
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 60/100 titles
Diverse Books in 2015: 39/50 books read
Up next? I am reading a number of titles including Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty ( a rare adult read)