Mondays are so hard but I do love Mondays to see what everyone is reading! Thank you for posting, it makes my Monday!
Here what I read:
Two Speckled Eggs by Jennifer K. Mann
Do you do a friendship unit? Or maybe need mentor texts for central message or theme? Add this book to your collection! Sometimes you find friends when you least expect it.
Number One Sam by Greg Pizzoli
My Goodreads review: Greg Pizzoli is a master at early readers literacy. He does what so few can. He writes about what kids understand - whether its swallowing a watermelon seed or wanting to be #1 - but does so in simple text. He can convey what kids are thinking and doing in an easy and accessible language. Love passing these along to young readers!
Tea Rex by Molly Idle
I'm putting this one down to use as a mentor text for first grade - getting information from the text and illustrations RL.1.7
Camp Rex by Molly Idle
read above :)
Chameleon, Chameleon by Joy Cowley
This book is such a win - text by Joy Cowley and photos by Nic Bishop. Perfect nonfiction text for young learners. Thanks to Carrie Gelson for introducing this book to me!
Secrets of the Seasons by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
Attention 1st gr CCSS teachers - this book will be perfect for the Next Generation Science Standards! Thank you to Alyson Beecher for first talking about this book!
Gravity by Jason Chin
Simple text, yet it introduces important vocabulary in a fun way.
Early Chapter Books
The Chicken Squad by Doreen Cronin
I love that Doreen Cronin has taken her snarky characters from The Trouble with Chickens series and put them in a chapter book series for younger readers. This series is going to be perfect for 1st and 2nd graders. My favorite line is when the squirrel who is terrified of something big and scary and the chick (I think it was Dirt) says, "Lots of things are big and scary. My mom is big and scary." Funny.
Boys of Blur by N.D. Wilson
Wow. Wow. Wow. This book was so amazing. Why the 4 stars? There were just a few spots that dropped my interest. Mostly in the beginning and very few and far in between. Once you get the 1/2 way mark, it's very very difficult to put down.
My Goodreads summary: Wow. Great writing, great story. I'm still thinking about this one.
The book starts fast and quickly gets into the heart of the story. From time to time, I felt a lull in the book (this could be the times that I was reading before bed and couldn't keep my eyes open). It wouldn't last long, but I noticed my attention fading just a bit. Once you reach halfway, it was hard to put the book down.
The writing was fantastic and many reviewers before me have given many examples. With this being a "slim" book, there is a slight misconception as to who this book is for. I think the writing and content is advanced enough that I would put it in the hands of fifth graders and above. A mature fourth grader would probably do fine with it as well.
There are references in the story to Beowolf and while I read it (or maybe it was an excerpt) in high school, I don't remember much about it. When I read the reviews of other people, I think it enhanced their understanding of the story, but I didn't feel my forgetting about it detracted anything. And since I'm pretty sure most middle school readers do not have much background on the story, they should be ok!
I liked the fast pace of the book. It will grip readers and keep them hooked. The writing is tight - no extra descriptions so the reader is kept on a treadmill - the belt just keeps moving
Calli Be Gold by Michele Weber Hurwitz
This is the second Hurwitz novel I've read this past month and I really enjoy her writing. I think her target audience is definitely more for girls and I think that audience will really like the characters in her books. She also sneaks a message in there that is a positive one for girls. This one is it's ok to be yourself; don't try to make yourself into someone you're not. Love it!
Can't wait to see what you read!