Monday February 6th, 2017

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

Each week I share a reading photo of the week. This one is my favourite this week. One child. A new book. Time standing still as he wasn’t going to move until that book was done.

Monday February 6th, 2017

Our #classroombookaday titles continue to focus on some important themes as we explore home – leaving, losing, finding, coping . . .

Monday February 6th, 2017

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 continue to celebrate our Mock Caldecott process: Celebration: More Mock Caldecott Love This post is told mostly through tweets and images – including some amazing art by my students.

*Particularly exciting? This post is very much about Aaron Becker and our Skype conversation with him and he commented on the post!

Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday: Swimming with Sharks

Books I enjoyed:

It wasn’t intentional but it seems I read mostly poetry picture books this week.

I Hear a Pickle: and Smell, See, Touch, & Taste It, Too! by Rachel Isadora

Playful and simple exploration of the five senses. Fun for little ones. Perfect for young writers.


Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems by Bob Raczka

Poems are shaped and arranged in creative ways all over the page. A delightful experience bringing meaning to all of it through the images and text.


Beastly Verse illustrated by Joohee Yoon

The poems are from Lewis Carroll, William Blake, Robert Desnos, Hilaire Belloc, William Cowper, Christina Rossetti, and D.H. Lawrence. The art? Well, wow. Colour and wild and imagination are all over these pages. Absolutely fantastical!


When We Collided by Emery Lord

A 2017 Schneider Family Book Award winner. Love. Family Mental health. Grief. Our human capacity to be broken and find ways to heal.


Every Single Second by Tricia Springstubb

I actually found myself getting angry reading this book as I wasn’t prepared for how difficult and emotional a read this was going to be. This title touches on so much from friendship to family to community dynamics. So many things are explored: trust, loyalty, commitment, forgiveness, judgement, prejudice, love. A powerful middle grade read.


Reading Progress updates:

2017 Chapter Book Challenge: 7/75 complete

Goodreads Challenge: 30/365 books read

Progress on challenge: 5 books behind schedule

#MustReadin2017: 4/30 complete

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 8/50 titles

Diverse Books in 2016: 3/50 books read

Up Next? Almost finished The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon and then moving on to my huge stack of books that all just arrived for me at the library! But Scar Island that I just bought is kind of calling my name!