Sunday, January 26, 2014

It's Monday! What are you Reading? 1.27.14

This weekly post comes from Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki at Unleashing Readers.  It's a great source to find new books to use with your students.

Dot. by Randi Zuckerberg
4/5 stars
Very cute story about a little girl who knows how to do everything on a tablet, phone, computer, and any "i" device.  Her mom reminds her it's time to "reboot".  Go outside and play!  This would be a great story to use in January to talk to students about their own "reboot"!  Connect it to a "One Little Word" theme!

Henny by Elizabeth Rose Stanton
5/5 stars
Love this story!  Love this story!  Love this story!  Please read!  
Henny is one determined chick.  Instead of wings, Henny is born with arms.  While Henny acknowledges that arms can be difficult, she is quick to embrace her difference!  What a wonderful lesson to teach young children - celebrate your difference and look at the positive!

You'll Soon Grow into Them, Titch
You'll Soon Grow Into Them, Titch! by Pat Hutchins
3/5 stars
Great book to use to teach children that they can have goals and aspirations to accomplish in the future.

Bowling Alley Bandit
Arnie the Doughnut in Bowling Alley Bandit by Laurie Keller
4/5 stars
This book picks up where the picture book, Arnie the Doughnut (which I reviewed last week) left off.  I loved loved the picture book and this one is almost as good as the picture book.  It has the same humor and Arnie still has a dynamic personality!  This chapter book will be great for kids who are ready for longer books.  The book has great illustrations that adds to the humor of the story.  Kids 2nd-4th grade will love this story!

Still working on:
A Snicker of Magic
A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
Loving it so far!  Have several passages set aside to use for some close reading!

Eleanor & Park
eleanor & park by Rainbow Rowell
I am definitely enjoying this book and pulling for these two :)

One for the Murphys
One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
I started this book with my daughter - she's reading it on her kindle, borrowed from the library, and I'm reading my paperback copy.  It's super cool to do this with your daughter - we both read separately but come together to talk about it.  I love seeing her reactions and thoughts and having the opportunity to do this together!

We have "Cold Days" off of school coming up, so looks like a great opportunity to read more!  Strange school year... started off with "Heat Days" (no a/c in our building) and now starting off 2014 with "Cold Days".  Love Chicago weather....


  1. I had hoped my daughter would like Eleanor and Park, but she didn't. She's very picky! I thought it was more high school than middle school, so didn't buy it, but do have One for the Murphys. We had a two hour delay today-- getting lots of work done!

  2. I liked Eleanor & Park, but I LOVED Fangirl even more. The weather here in Cleveland is just as horrible! Working in a public library, I fear my dreams of spending a bitter cold Tuesday at home will go unrealized. Have a great week and stay warm! ~Megan

  3. A SNICKER OF MAGIC has won over my heart. One of my favorite kidlit books of all time.

  4. Henny sounds like an adorable read, and A Snicker of Magic looks like the kind of book I'll enjoy reading! Thanks for sharing! =)

  5. I must read Fangirl! I loved Eleanor and Park- and sobbed the last 50 pages. I love chickens, so I hope to read Henny soon.

  6. Isn't Henny adorable?!?! I LOVED One For the Murphys, and it's a group book for the upcoming literacy contract for my 5th graders. Can't wait for them to read it. I'm so happy Eleanor & Park got the Printz Honor!