It’s Monday! What are you reading?
Each week I share a reading photo of the week. I haven’t been teaching for 2 weeks, so sharing from my house. This week I am sharing a photo of our Christmas book stack 🙂 Lots of reading in our house!
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:
For #nfpb2015 I shared my 20 favourite nonfiction titles of 2015
Our #MustReadin2015 community shared year end update posts
Please note: If you want to share a #MustReadin2016 list, we will begin sharing lists (connect here) January 6th, 2016
My Celebration this week was all about Simplicity
On the eve of back to school, I made some wishes. Sunday Reflections: Wolves and Wild Wishes This post is inspired by the novel The Wolf Wilder (discussed more below)
Books I loved:
I read a lot of picture books this week, I am going to share just my favourites of the bunch.
One Word from Sophia by Jim Averbeck and Yasmeen Ismail
A superb lesson in persuasion and just the right words for the argument you are trying to make. Also a “Can I get a pet?” story with so much new and amusing. Loved this title.
Lizard from the Park by Mark Pett
I always find Pett’s illustrations very, very charming and this book is no exception. When you find an egg and vow to look after the hatchling, you just never know. Lots of fun!
Mother Bruce by Ryan T Higgins
Funny. Funny. Funny. I laughed out loud in the book store. My stomach hurt from laughing so hard. This is a serious charmer. The perfect combination of curmudgeonly and adorable characters.
The Dog that Nino Didn’t Have written by Edward van de Vendel and illustrated byAnton Van Hertbruggen
Something about this book. First of all, I would like to hang all of it on my walls. Each page. Blown up to huge proportions. And the story. . . It is a little out there. It is about lonely and longing and then having and adjusting. And then wondering. I loved it. In fact, I gifted it to myself. Couldn’t resist.
The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton
I confess that I just never thought about picking this book up. I saw great reviews but it just didn’t speak to me. Finally, I found it at the library and started reading. It is quite wonderful and yes, I was missing out. I can see that this would have pretty fantastic read aloud appeal.
Frances Dean who Loved to Dance and Dance by Birgitta Sif
The illustrations are completely divine. The story, pretty cute.
Puffling Patrol by Ted and Betsy Lewin (2012)
I learned so much in this nonfiction text. Absolutely fascinating account of a the authors’ visit to a town in Iceland during 2008 to watch how a community helps young pufflings confused by the town’s lights make their way to the sea.
The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life by Lois Ehlert
Bold, full of colour. Such a fantastic autobiography!
Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear written by Lindsay Mattick and illustrated by Sophie Blackall
Such an interesting format. Really a lovely little book.
The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell
This book. This book. This book! I fall more and more in love with Rundell’s writing with each novel I read. Part adventure. Part fairy tale. Many parts brave and wonderful. Russia. Winter. Snow. Wolves. And beautiful, bold children. A must, must read!
Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton
A novel in verse. Highly recommended. What is life like when you don’t look like everyone else and your dreams and aspirations are “not what we do here”? This book, set in 1969 Vermont, is an incredible story of one young girl. Courageous, vulnerable, amazing.
Final updates on my 2015 Reading Goals:
2015 Chapter Book Challenge: 71/80 complete
Goodreads Challenge: 471/415 books read COMPLETE!
#MustReadin2015: 18/24 complete
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 95/100 titles
Diverse Books in 2015: 52/50 books read COMPLETE!
A WONDERFUL reading year – even though all of my goals weren’t met, they sure were inspiring!
And 2016 Reading Goals begin:
2016 Chapter Book Challenge: 1/75 complete
Goodreads Challenge: 5/400 books read
#MustReadin2016: 1/30 complete
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 1/100 titles
Diverse Books in 2015: 2/50 books read
Next up? I am reading More Happy than Not by Adam Silvera