Monday November 30th, 2015

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

I have been sharing a reading photo of the week each week. This week I have a wonderful moment from buddy reading – sisters – one in Grade 2 and one in kindergarten, totally engrossed in their book. Elephant and Piggie are early reading heroes!

There's a Book for That IMWAYR

We have been reading previous Caldecott titles in preparation for our Mock Caldecott this week. Students loved the whimsy of the hedges in Grandpa Green.

There's a Book for That IMWAYR

I am also celebrating this little moment.

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:

I am about to begin Mock Caldecott with my class! Here are the 12 titles we will be considering. I am fantastically excited! Mock Caldecott 2016

An important celebration: Happy, happy, joy, joy for #celebratelu hosted by Ruth Ayres This post is about everything finally coming together for my class. It also represents some bigger things for me: knowing what the truth means and where my heart truly is. This isn’t in the post, but it is out there in my world.

Report cards are handed in tomorrow so I am hoping to be sharing lots of book love and other thoughts on the blog in weeks to come!

Books I loved:

Here’s a Little Poem collected by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters and illustrated by Polly Dunbar

Some of my very favourite poets. Polly Dunbar. This is heavenly. Made for younger listeners but perfect for my little readers embarking on their reading lives and looking for lots of repetition, delightful rhymes and comforting, familiar topics.

Here's a Little Poem

An Occupational ABC:  Work by Kellen Hatanaka

Quirky, unexpected occupations featured here. Very cool graphics. Wonderful all around.


The Thundermaker by Alan Syliboy

I was thrilled that Nimbus Publishing sent this title my way. My students are going to love this!  I love the petroglyph inspired illustrations by Syliboy as he tells the tale of Little Thunder who will one day be the Thundermaker. Inspired by the Mi’kmaq legend of “The Stone Canoe”

The Thundermaker

Mayann’s Train Ride written by The Honourable Mayann Francis and illustrated by Tamara Thiebaux-Heikalo

Mayann’s family travels to New York City from Cape Breton. MAyann feels so very grown up with her new purse. When she loses it, she gains an opportunity to do some unexpected learning.

Mayann's Train Ride

At Night by Jonathan Bean

A Bean title I didn’t know. Soothing, nostalgic, gentle. Loved.

At Night

Oi Frog! by Kes Gray and Jim Field

I ordered this title after seeing Margie Myers-Culver tweet about it – in the U.S. it is called Frog on a Log. I got the UK version titled Oi Frog! Absolutely amusing – full of rhymes and silly. Perfect, perfect, perfect for my classroom. Thank you Margie!

Oi Frog!

How Many Legs? – another title by Kes Gray and Jim Field

Primary teachers – reach for this one for a wonderful math story and inspiration. How many legs do you have if you have . . .?  So much fun!

How Many Legs?

The Whisper by Pamela Zagarenski

I am not sure I have words for just how breathtaking I find this title. It is a book lover’s dream. Seriously. Stop dead illustrations. Of course, I had to own this one. And ahem, you should too . . .

The Whisper

With report card writing, I didn’t get to finish any novels – so hoping for a few over this week. I am currently reading Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate.

Updates on my 2015 Reading Goals:

2015 Chapter Book Challenge: 61/80 complete

Goodreads Challenge: 399/415 books read

#MustReadin2015: 16/24 complete

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 70/100 titles

Diverse Books in 2015: 47/50 books read

A visit to the public library uncovers. . .

I went to the library and what did I find?  Some “new to me books”! Exactly why public libraries are such lovely places.  You can walk in empty handed and walk out with a bag bursting full of undiscovered treasures.  For free!  At least that’s what happens to me.

Some books I found today that I have to share – first here and then this week, in the classroom! Excited at the possibilities . . . These will need to be more than book talks – all are simple and quick to read – but like a lovely sweet treat – something to savour for some time afterwards . . .

In Leaf by Stephen Michael King, a little boy escapes his Mom’s intentions to give his hair a trim.  While hiding out with his his adorable little dog, a bird drops a seed on his head. A shoot pops up and grows a leaf. Now he needs to carefully tend to this living thing on top of his head. Simple, sweet, endearing. The best thing about this book? It is nearly wordless – the only text  – sound effects – Whooosh, Boing, Sploosh, Glurg glurg . . .

Kathryn Otoshi has created a wonderful book called Zero all about finding value in yourself. I can see this book fitting in wonderfully with extension lessons with the Mindup curriculum where we explore looking at things from a different perspective. Is Zero empty inside?  Or is she open and full of possibilities?

This book is pretty funny,” announces my son. And it is but also a little bit more . . . Penguin by Polly Dunbar lets us look at a child’s frustration when he can’t communicate in the way he wants to with a new friend. And my, my, the things we tend to do as we get frustrated!

Happy Reading!