It’s Monday! What are you reading?
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. One of the very best ways to discover what to read next!
These are the the picture books I really enjoyed:
Some perfect for little readers or story time sessions:
Wait! Wait! written by Hatsue Nakawaki and illustrated by Komako Sakai
Perfectly captures the awkward and adorable exploration of a toddler out in nature.
I Love my New Toy! by Mo Willems
Always brilliant – Willems captures friendship dynamics like no other.
Somewhere in the World Right Now by Stacey Schuett
Set up like a soothing bed time story, this title could also be used in the classroom to inspire interest in geography and other cultures. The perfect text to practice visualization.The message is that all over the world, different things are happening. Some moments are full of busy city life while someplace else, everyone is quiet and asleep.
A Mammoth in the Fridge written by Michaël Escoffier and illustrated by Matthieu Maudet
I am more and more charmed by the absurd humour of Escoffier (he wrote Brief Thief which is a favourite in my class). In this story, a mammoth turns up in the fridge. How on earth did he get in there? Pay close attention and it all comes clear 🙂
Dog and Bear: Two Friends – Three Stories by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
I had the pleasure of listening to Laura Vaccaro Seeger talk about her Dog and Bear titles at a recent conference. Reading this book, I could hear her voice. Simple, sweet stories of friendship.
The Good Ship Crocodile written by J. Patrick Lewis and illustrated by Monique Felix
A crocodile helps many creatures cross the river when the water is high. His good deeds have a chance to be repaid when he needs help finding home. Beautiful illustrations and I enjoyed the African setting.
Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey by Emily Winfield Martin
Absolutely stunning images of dream like adventures. An ideal bed time book.
Some titles for older readers and for discussion:
I dreamt . . . A book about Hope by Gabriela Olmos
What would a world look like without violence? This book imagines just that. All of the illustrations were created by Mexican artists. A powerful title to spark important discussions about children’s rights, about peace, about safety.
Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan written by Mary Williams and illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
Based on true events of the boys walking to safety and security in southern Sudan during civil war. I read this aloud to my own children and they had many questions. Imagining the role these boys had to play to support each other was heartbreaking.
I also finished two novels:
Five, Six, Seven, Nate! written by Tim Federle
I loved jumping back into Nate’s life and his adventures on stage in New York. Nate is a character the middle grade fiction world needs.
A Crooked Kind of Perfect written by Linda Urban
You could describe this book as: “It’s about a girl who plays the organ but really wants to play the piano.” But . . . then you would be missing the vulnerability, the complexity of family, the power of people in your corner and the pure brilliance Linda Urban has with words on a page. One of the best things about this title is how Urban handles the parents. So many authors write stories where parents are either absent, missing or have died. Other times they are just plain mean. In this book, Zoe’s parents are far from perfect but in the end, they are far more than just the source of her troubles. So well written.
Reading Goal updates:
2014 Chapter Book Challenge: 25/100 novels complete
Goodeads Challenge: 165/650 books read
#MustReadin2014: 12/30 complete
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 47/65 complete
Happy Reading to all of you!
* A reminder for anyone out there with a #MustReadin2014 list, think about sharing an update on your blog for April 1st, 2014. Share using the #MustReadin2014 hashtag. I plan to share a list of the titles I have read so far and a highlight of some of my favourites. So excited to see what everyone has been reading and loving.