It’s Monday! What are you reading?
I didn’t share a #IMWAYR post over the holidays as I was busy blogging many of my year end lists:
Nonfiction Favourites of 2017 : 10 favourites
Year End Update: #MustReadin2017
Favourites of 2017: My 17 top picks
My Must Read Novels of 2018: 30 titles I want to be sure not to miss
More information about the #MustReadin2018 challenge. Please join us!
This post will include a handful of photos from the last weeks of December in the classroom and a selection of titles I read in the last few weeks.
Each week I share at least one reading photo of the week. Here are a few.
We have a bit of a Katie Woo obsession going on in our room. I just purchase about 20 new titles so that everyone can have a few on the go!
Many students in the classroom love wearing noise cancelling headphones. We have five sets and they are always in use.
Can you spot the reader? Next to the plants, behind the book . . .
Our #classroombookaday titles in the final weeks of December were all about winter and snow with some fairy tales and other tales mixed in.
Our beloved daytime engineer Parm is moving to another school. The children wrote him heartfelt letters. We will all miss him a LOT.
During our last few weeks, the primary classes participated in Winter Stations with small groups moving through our rooms for various activities. In my room we did an art activity and when students finished, they quietly found a spot on the carpet and read. It was pure reading joy.
All of the Winter trees we finished were used to decorate the gym for the Winter concert.
I received many lovely notes and cards before the winter break. Children offer so much with their words.
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.
Books I enjoyed:
Professional Crocodile by Giovanna Zoboli
This is one of the most clever wordless titles I have come across – ever!
Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers
A sneak peek at a love letter to his new son about this living on the planet we call home by the brilliant Oliver Jeffers.
Rot, the Cutest in the World! by Ben Clanton
Yep, this is the cutest potato in the world. No contest. A delightful little read.
The Princess in Black and the Mysterious Playdate (The Princess in Black #5) by Shannon and Dean Hale
If you teach a primary classroom, Princess in Black is where it’s at! This title will be devoured by a number of little readers in my room.
Princess Posey and the First Grade Parade (Princess Posey, #1) by Stephanie Greene
Another lovely transitional chapter book series – this one honours the fears involved in growing independence as we move up the grades.
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Gripping. If you can – I suggest reading this book in one sitting. It’s in verse, so very possible.
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
Timely. Relevant. Captivating.
Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan
A fairy tale retelling like you would never have imagined. Set in New York City during the 1920s, this is Snow White like you have never seen.
Up next? I am almost finished The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser
My reading goals have shifted a little this year. As I have not met my Goodreads goal for two years in a row, I am trying to anticipate how I can do a lot of reading but still allow for the busy aspects of other parts of my life. Checking in here regularly helps keep me motivated.
Reading Progress updates:
2018 Chapter Book Challenge: 1/60 complete
2018 Transitional Chapter books: 1/40 complete
Goodreads Challenge: 5/300 books read
Progress on challenge: on track
#MustReadin2018: 0/30 complete
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 0/40 titles
Diverse Books in 2018: 0/40 books read