It’s Monday! What are you reading?
I have been sharing a reading photo of the week each week. This week I am sharing a photo of students engaged with a variety of nonfiction texts during “Nonfiction Reading Day” – where we devote our Reading Workshop time to reading nonfiction. Of course, for many readers, nonfiction reading happens all week but this focus allows all children to read more nonfiction, more widely.
I was excited to share our #MockCaldecott results and reflections here. In mere hours, we will know the actual medal and honor winners. So excited!
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.
I realize that much of my reading this week was nonfiction picture books. Lots of variety and as usual, I learned so much. Some highlights:
The Top of the World: Climbing Mount Everest by Steve Jenkins
If you want to climb Mount Everest, what would you need to know? This book is filled with facts about history, geography and the myriad of challenges that climbers might encounter.
Animals in Flight by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
An older Jenkins title that I found in my school library. I was most interested in the history of flying creatures and the different ways various wings function.
A Place for Butterflies by Melissa Stewart and illustrated by Higgins Bond
Focuses on a variety of butterflies and the threats to their environments. Framed with specific ideas about how to change human actions to make a difference to butterflies like planting native plants, protecting swamps and marshes and not trying to catch live butterflies for collections.
Mites by Valerie Bodden
Magnified things we never actually see in our day to day life are quite creepy – yet incredibly fascinating. Made me want to vacuum.
I also read
Nine Words Max by Dan Bar-el and illustrated by David Huyck
Max is too talkative – wouldn’t it be great if he could only say nine words at a time? Ideal, think his brothers. But is it? Clever.
Dolphin SOS by Roy Miki and Slavia Miki with illustrations by Julie Flett
This was one of those read alouds where at one point the silence in the room was thick – surrounding us like fog – it seemed like we could see it and feel it all at once. Such a beautifully emotional book about three dolphins off the coast of Newfoundland who became trapped in the ice in a cove. The townspeople had to listen to their cries for days before they finally intervened when government wouldn’t help. There is a moment between a dolphin and one of the rescuers that is just awe inspiring. Based on a true story.
The Memory Tree by Britta Teckentrup
Death and grief healed by memories and community. A lovely, accessible picture book.
A Gift for Mama by Linda Ravin Lodding illustrated by Alison Jay
I love Alison Jay’s illustrations and this book, set in Vienna, was an absolute visual and historical treat. A circular story about Oskar trying to find a perfect gift for his Mama for her birthday. Yet, he keeps encountering people in need of his gift and trades each of them for something new. Themes of kindness, generosity and optimism.
I also finished The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
I finished this morning. Incredible.
#bookaday The Crossover by @kwamealexander A novel in verse bursting with heart, rhythm and truths Highly recommended for MG/YA readers
— Carrie Gelson (@CarrieGelson) February 1, 2015
Up next? My children and I continue reading The Shadowhand Covenant (Book Two of the Vengekeep Prophecies) by Brian Farrey. With my class, I have started Each Little Bird that Sings by Deborah Wiles. Oh, so very good!
I am starting The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy (one of my #MustReadin2015 titles)
Updates on my 2015 Reading Goals:
2015 Chapter Book Challenge: 6/80 complete
Goodreads Challenge: 43/415 books read
#MustReadin2015: 4/24 complete
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 10/100 titles
Diverse Books in 2015: 3/50 books read