Monday December 30th, 2019

It’s been a while my reading friends . . .

But happy to celebrate my love of books and some recent reads with this community!

#kidsarereading independently and with their buddies. Reading growth is happening and reading joy is blooming.

Homemade bookmarks.

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.

Some recent reads:

Small in the City by Sydney Smith

All the feels. This book is exquisite and has so many levels and perspectives. Can’t wait to share it with children!

My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero and illustrated by Zeke Peña

A celebration of love, community and the joy of a ride!

Explorers by Matthew Cordell

A wordless peek into a family’s day at the museum. All kinds of magical.

Happy Right Now by Julie Berry and Holly Hatam

Lovely message about choosing happiness!

The Very Last Castle by Travis Jonker with illustrations by Mark Pett

I have a thing for castles so the premise of this book is very appealing. Mysteries, courage and the possibilities of friendship.

The Girl and the Wolf by Katherena Vermette with illustrations by Julie Flett

An engaging and beautiful twist on a known fairytale – in the woods, a lost girl, a wolf – but this one leads us down a different path. Delightful.

Don’t Touch My Hair! by Sharee Miller

The title is pretty clear. Loved this one,

Our House Is on Fire: Greta Thunberg’s Call to Save the Planet by Jeanette Winter

Very powerful as a read aloud in my room. My students can’t get enough of Greta and her choices to stand up and be heard.

Chick and Brain: Smell My Foot! by Cece Bell

Super duper silly stories with high kid appeal served up in an early reader. Very popular in my Grade 2 and 3 classroom.

Rabbit’s Bad Habits by Julian Gough and Jim Field

A sweet title in this transitional chapter book series. Rabbit learns what it is to have and be a friend.

Up next? The True Story of Lyndie B. Hawkins by Gail Sheppard


Monday November 30th, 2015

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

I have been sharing a reading photo of the week each week. This week I have a wonderful moment from buddy reading – sisters – one in Grade 2 and one in kindergarten, totally engrossed in their book. Elephant and Piggie are early reading heroes!

There's a Book for That IMWAYR

We have been reading previous Caldecott titles in preparation for our Mock Caldecott this week. Students loved the whimsy of the hedges in Grandpa Green.

There's a Book for That IMWAYR

I am also celebrating this little moment.

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:

I am about to begin Mock Caldecott with my class! Here are the 12 titles we will be considering. I am fantastically excited! Mock Caldecott 2016

An important celebration: Happy, happy, joy, joy for #celebratelu hosted by Ruth Ayres This post is about everything finally coming together for my class. It also represents some bigger things for me: knowing what the truth means and where my heart truly is. This isn’t in the post, but it is out there in my world.

Report cards are handed in tomorrow so I am hoping to be sharing lots of book love and other thoughts on the blog in weeks to come!

Books I loved:

Here’s a Little Poem collected by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters and illustrated by Polly Dunbar

Some of my very favourite poets. Polly Dunbar. This is heavenly. Made for younger listeners but perfect for my little readers embarking on their reading lives and looking for lots of repetition, delightful rhymes and comforting, familiar topics.

Here's a Little Poem

An Occupational ABC:  Work by Kellen Hatanaka

Quirky, unexpected occupations featured here. Very cool graphics. Wonderful all around.


The Thundermaker by Alan Syliboy

I was thrilled that Nimbus Publishing sent this title my way. My students are going to love this!  I love the petroglyph inspired illustrations by Syliboy as he tells the tale of Little Thunder who will one day be the Thundermaker. Inspired by the Mi’kmaq legend of “The Stone Canoe”

The Thundermaker

Mayann’s Train Ride written by The Honourable Mayann Francis and illustrated by Tamara Thiebaux-Heikalo

Mayann’s family travels to New York City from Cape Breton. MAyann feels so very grown up with her new purse. When she loses it, she gains an opportunity to do some unexpected learning.

Mayann's Train Ride

At Night by Jonathan Bean

A Bean title I didn’t know. Soothing, nostalgic, gentle. Loved.

At Night

Oi Frog! by Kes Gray and Jim Field

I ordered this title after seeing Margie Myers-Culver tweet about it – in the U.S. it is called Frog on a Log. I got the UK version titled Oi Frog! Absolutely amusing – full of rhymes and silly. Perfect, perfect, perfect for my classroom. Thank you Margie!

Oi Frog!

How Many Legs? – another title by Kes Gray and Jim Field

Primary teachers – reach for this one for a wonderful math story and inspiration. How many legs do you have if you have . . .?  So much fun!

How Many Legs?

The Whisper by Pamela Zagarenski

I am not sure I have words for just how breathtaking I find this title. It is a book lover’s dream. Seriously. Stop dead illustrations. Of course, I had to own this one. And ahem, you should too . . .

The Whisper

With report card writing, I didn’t get to finish any novels – so hoping for a few over this week. I am currently reading Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate.

Updates on my 2015 Reading Goals:

2015 Chapter Book Challenge: 61/80 complete

Goodreads Challenge: 399/415 books read

#MustReadin2015: 16/24 complete

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 70/100 titles

Diverse Books in 2015: 47/50 books read