It’s Monday! What are you reading?
I have been sharing a reading photo of the week each week. This photo was taken during Nonfiction Reading day in Reading Workshop. The adults in the room were circulating and listening as children read aloud from their nonfiction texts and posed questions about what they were reading. We are working at moving beyond commentary and connections to asking questions which extend our learning. Slowly but surely . . . I love the connection in this photo – it is so wonderful to have these few moments of one on one time with students. I try to bring in as many adults as possible during Reading Workshop time.
This week has been about lots of literacy related things! We had Camp Read on Friday and I highlighted many of the amazing things we did here. Lots of reading and lots of yoga!
I also got to go book shopping. Plan to share more about some of these books in the next few weeks.
New books for my classroom thanks to a Vancouver Kid’s Books Gift card #booklove pic.twitter.com/Q3grTP4fjF
— Carrie Gelson (@CarrieGelson) March 29, 2015
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.
My favourite picture books of the week:
Marilyn’s Monster written by Michelle Knudsen and illustrated by Matt Phelan
What do you do when everyone gets a monster and yours never arrives? Marilyn grows impatient with the endless waiting. This book wormed its way into my heart. I left it at the bookstore but it seems to be calling me. I may have to go back for it.
Room for Bear by Ciara Gavin
Persistence. Persistence. Persistence. Sometimes finding where you are meant to be is starting with the who. Utterly sweet.
Where Bear? by Sophy Henn
Just where can this bear go to be “bearish and big”? Finding the perfect place is certainly not easy. Charming.
If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson
How does Kadir Nelson make pictures like this? Saturated in colour and signs of spring, this story reveals many things about the amazing power of seeds to grow – vegetable seeds, seeds of generosity . . . .
Hoot Owl: Master of Disguise written by Sean Taylor and illustrated by Jean Jullien
Oh this Hoot Owl is one big talker. Hilarious. This would be a perfect read aloud. I can see the children shouting and shaking their heads even now. Little Hoot Owl, wannabe big hunter eventually finds the perfect prey.
A Fish Named Glub written by Dan Bar-el and illustrated by Josee Bisaillon
There are small questions and there are big questions. When a small fish poses the big ones, many people find some important answers.
Library Lion written by Michelle Knudsen and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes
It turns out that this particular lion is perfectly suited to the library. Quiet, helpful and very, very needed. My students adored this title.
Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall
It is so easy to judge when we are looking through the incorrect lens. A beautiful book about identity, acceptance, self-expression and what a waste of everyone’s time labels really are.
In other reading, I finished:
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
I don’t have a quick summary of this book but yet I am not ready to write on and on to include all that I am thinking. I will just say this: How the heck did Jennifer Niven fill up my heart and leave me feeling so light while at the same time, leading me through sadness I did not want to wade into? Somehow, she did just that.
Updates on my 2015 Reading Goals:
2015 Chapter Book Challenge: 15/80 complete
Goodreads Challenge: 124/415 books read
#MustReadin2015: 7/24 complete
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 28/100 titles
Diverse Books in 2015: 12/50 books read
Up next? I continue reading We Were Here by Matt de la Peña and will be starting Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero next. This week I also started rereading Drums Girls & Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick as it is our new title for my student book club. What a book this is!