It was kind of a slow reading week for me. I read a bit each day, but not a whole lot was actually finished. This week will be my reading week since I'm on Spring Break! I have no real plans, other than to get through as many books as possible!
This week I was busy trying to put a unit on friendship together for our first grade team. It's actually a unit we'll do early in the year next year, but we're going to try it out on our current first graders. I had a few stand-by favorites that I knew I wanted to use, but drew a blank on old favorites. I turned to some Nerdy friends and they came through within hours! The friendship books I read are thanks to them!
The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig
This book has been on my TBR list since early January. I finally got around to it this past week. Wow. Just an amazing book. Because it needs to be told. We all have someone who feels like the Invisible Boy in our classes. We've probably felt like the Invisible One before. Empathy for each other really needs to be taught and emphasized in our schools. I assume that it is taught, that the idea of inclusion, and community is expected at all schools. But as I found out this year, it isn't. We can't assume. We need to teach. Not only does this book have a beautiful message, the illustrations are equally touching. The back of the book has wonderful questions for specific pages that children and classes can discuss. If you haven't already, put this book on your must read list.
Other friendship theme books:
Oliver by Birgitta Sif
Ten Things I Love About You by Daniel Kirk
When Blue Met Egg by Lindsay Ward
Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson
Hello My Name is Ruby by Philip C. Stead
And Still Reading.....
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
This is our Mother/Daughter book club selection. We're getting ready for #SharpSchu book club this Tuesday!
Dangerous by Shannon Hale
I like it so far. It's nice to read a YA book that has adventure in it, yet it's not a dystopian novel!
And Reading with our Ears
We're trying this out for the first time... I'm not one to listen to a book. I love holding a book in my hands and I'm also a visual learner. When we're in the car, my daughter loves to read. I would get sick! But she does the majority of her reading in the car. But we're trying something new by listening to a book. It's funny to look back at her. She doesn't know what to do with her hands! We'll see how it goes. We're still in the beginning stages.
Five Kingdoms: Sky Raiders by Brandon Mull
What are you reading?