It’s Monday! What are you reading?
I have been sharing a reading photo of the week each week. This week with all of the buzz of #MockCaldecott, I had many to choose from. But this photo of these two boys quietly reading is my favourite. It captures what happens when there are a few free moments in our class – students grab books and read. Choices and habits that are simple, sure, solid. Love.
For a peek at some related #booklove attached to our #MockCaldecott, head over to my classroom blog and read about our guessing of title #3 in Aaron Becker‘s trilogy: Journey, Quest , . . . .?
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.
Favourites of the week:
A Perfectly Messed Up Story by Patrick McDonnell
There are many things I adore about this little title. The value it places on books. It’s philosophical musings. The coffee rings. The wit. Lovely, lovely, lovely!
Stormy Night by Salina Yoon
Sweet through and through. A stormy night and a brave little bear (with the help of his family) handles the noises of a storm.
Jonathan & Martha by Petr Horácek
Playful and fun with lift up parts, cut outs and worms that battle into a tied up companionship, this books has huge potential for our buddy reading collection.
Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas written by Lynn Cox and illustrated by Brian Floca
What a story! An elephant seal that felt at home in a river in Christchurch New Zealand. When the well meaning townspeople bring her out to the ocean where they assume she will be safer and more content, she manages to return time after time.
Maudie and Bear written by Jan Ormerod and illustrated by Freya Blackwood
Anything Freya Blackwood and I am a little in love. Interesting reactions to this title. Our little Maudie is full of spunk, personality and . . . .but bear is calm, solid and consistent. Full of patience and love. Would be interesting to talk with children about what they think about the interactions. I think Maudie actually represents many little ones who are quite focussed on self.
I also finished (book #4 from my #MustReadin2015 list) The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
Lots of love. Lots of pain. Grief and mourning muddled up with falling in love and living. Some stop you in your tracks images and lines. Wow.
Up next? I finished reading Twerp by Mark Goldblatt to my children as our family read aloud. I highly recommend this title if you haven’t read it. It would make an ideal middle school read aloud (Grade 6 and up I think) Tonight we started reading The Shadowhand Covenant (Book Two of the Vengekeep Prophecies) by Brian Farrey
I am reading The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Updates on my 2015 Reading Goals:
2015 Chapter Book Challenge: 5/80 complete
Goodreads Challenge: 32/415 books read
#MustReadin2015: 4/24 complete
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 5/100 titles
Diverse Books in 2015: 2/50 books read