Monday January 30th, 2017

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

Each week I share a reading photo of the week. Here are a few.

Finding a quiet place to read 🙂

Monday January 30th, 2017 There's a Book for That

Pouring over Aaron Becker‘s work. Our Skype call with him last week will be detailed here soon! Amazing, amazing, amazing.

Monday January 30th, 2017 There's a Book for That

We did some pulling apart of the room to arrange things for our Skype call. Before we put it back together, we enjoyed new places to sit and read.

Monday January 30th, 2017 There's a Book for That

Our #classroombookaday titles were on important themes of home, change, leaving, finding new place.

Monday January 30th, 2017 There's a Book for That


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 enjoyed:

The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey

This little illustrated chapter book is ideal for Grades 2-5. Lots of humour perfectly suited to this age group. Can’t wait to get other titles in the series. This is the first one.


Templeton Gets his Wish by Greg Pizzoli

So if you could wish your family away . . . Would you miss them?


P. Zonka Lays an Egg by Julie Paschkis

Kind of a wow title. P. Zonka doesn’t lay eggs because of “pale mornings, the soft dark moss . . . ” and some incredible other reasons. When an egg finally arrives, it is a sight to behold. I personally think she could have just got by on those beautiful excuses.


Hannah and Sugar by Kate Berube

Gentle and sweet. Explores fears and courageous acts.


Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey by Margariet Ruurs Artwork by Nizar Ali Badr

Sharing this title with my students this week was very powerful. We have been reading titles about home – leaving home, moving, losing a home. This story and powerful artwork brought a deep and introspective silence over the room. This is a must own, must share title.


The Inquisitor’s Tale by Adam Gidwitz

When the Newbery awards were announced, I was midway through this title and was not surprised this book was honoured. Incredibly researched, full of magical and historical details.


Reading Progress updates:

2017 Chapter Book Challenge: 5/75 complete

Goodreads Challenge: 25/365 books read

Progress on challenge: 3 books behind schedule

#MustReadin2017: 3/30 complete

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 8/50 titles

Diverse Books in 2016: 3/50 books read

Up next? I am in the middle of When we Collided by Emery Lord – a Schneider Family Book award recipient for 2017.