It’s Monday! What are you reading?
My favourite reading photo of the week is this picture of two girls buddy reading together at the carpet. I loved watching them take turns reading pages and making predictions about the story.
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.
Warning: This post contains a lot of picture books! I tried to only feature my favourites of the week. I had a lot of favourites! I will try to be very brief in my commentary.
Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo
Picture book perfection. LOVE this title and everything it says about home and family.
Blizzard by John Rocco
A title full of different things for different readers – nostalgia for a different, simpler time, adventure imagined, celebration of family and neighbourhood and just plain wow of winter and weather. Rocco is fast becoming one of my very favourite book creators.
Lion vs Rabbit by Alex Latimer
Just saying, this is one clever rabbit. And he is more than he seems. Lots of layers to this story.
Songs of the Water Boatman written by Joyce Sidman and illustrated by Beckie Prange
Come to the pond and experience it like you have never imagined through vivid images, fascinating facts and gorgeous illustrations.
The Right Word: Roget and his Thesaurus written by Jen Bryant and illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Illustrations to get lost in, absolutely stunning. Fascinating to have a glimpse into the thinking and passions of Roget. Inspires list making of many kinds. Looking forward to sharing this with my students.
The next four picture books were donated to Seymour School by author Hiromi Goto – I was able to take them home to read before they become part of our collection in January. Thank you Hiromi!
Wow Wow and Haw Haw George written by George Murray and illustrated by Michael Pittman
An adaptation of a Celtic legend. Enjoyed the colour palette, the connection to nature and the pacing of the story. I know this will be a hugely engaging read aloud.
Skydiver: Saving the Fastest Bird in the World by Celia Godkin
I am a big fan of Godkin’s information story books. I always learn many new things and this book was no exception.
The Tweedles Go Electric written by Monica Kulling and illustrated by Marie Lafrance
Lots of fun with the energetic and charismatic Tweedles and their choices that were very much ahead of their time. History. “Green” priorities. Charming energy to this one!
Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress written by Christine Baldacchino and illustrated by Isabelle Malefant
A title about diversity and gender stereotypes. Perfect title to spark discussions about acceptance, individuality and classroom community.
Duck in the Fridge by Jeff Mack
Never expected a bed time story about the joy of the read aloud to begin with a duck in the fridge and end with a household full of animals and the power of a story!
A Piece of Cake by LeUyen Pham
On route to visit his friend, mouse trades away all of the pieces of cake he was planning to deliver. No worries, some more trades can happen to find some ingredients to bake a new cake! Loved how the “offerings” on route back to make a cake were not the ones you would have suspected. Clever.
this ORQ (he cave boy) written by David Elliot and illustrated by Lori Nichols
A “child wants pet” “parent says no” story from “cave people time” Absolutely adorable.
The Flat Rabbit by Bárður Oskarsson
You know, I like this book – almost gave it a higher rating but thought intended audiences – children- might not know what to do with this title. Is that because we protect them from such subjects (death)? Not sure. There is something honest and real about this book. And the end, though abrupt on first read, is then somehow full of our fragility. Not many picture books allow the characters to just not really know. And leave it there . . .
Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands by Katherine Roy
Incredible. Sharks are probably the most terrifying of all creatures to me and yet I found myself fascinated and full of questions reading this book.
In other reading:
Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny by John Himmelman
Ideal to read and discuss a chapter at a time. Eastern philosophy bound up for the very young.
Super Lexi is not a Fan of Christmas by Emma Lesko
This series featuring Lexi by Emma Lesko is an important addition to our school and classroom libraries. Lexi reminds us that kids are unique, we can support them with flexibility and that we all have something to teach each other. I like how this story gives kids permission to find the holiday “hoopla” varying degrees of overwhelming! Realistic school setting and nice job with friendship dynamics.
The Wild Book by Margarita Engle
I have discovered so many beautiful novels in verse as of late. This title, by Engle, inspired by her Grandmother is full of courage, family and a rich history.
The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye
I finally picked this book up after weeks of setting it aside and enjoyed its conclusion. Quiet pace and some beautiful images – a story of a young boy and his strong connection to his grandfather.
The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney Illustrated by Shane W. Evans
A truly beautiful and important book. Highly recommended. Another novel in verse – heavy in loss and anguish, light in hope and dreams of new possibilities.
Next up? I am reading A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray I have a huge list beyond this! Likely after this I will be balancing thin with thick novels in my TBR pile trying to reach my goal of 100 novels by 2015! Hopelessly ambitious, that’s me!
Reading Goal Updates:
2014 Chapter Book Challenge: 83/100 novels complete
Goodreads Challenge: 591/650 books read (41 books behind)
#MustReadin2014: 21/30 complete
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 136/65 complete