Wow, you can tell it's the end of the year! There is so much to do to wrap it up! I spend most of my time recommending books to students to try and make sure they have lots ready to go for their summer reading lists, that I end up not having a lot of time to read on my own. I'm sure that will change soon. After all, this Friday starts... #bookaday! So excited to challenge myself this summer. I am ready to go! I have a stack from the library and a stack of picture books that have been sitting here for awhile and I added to that pile this weekend! I went to an indie bookstore, The Bookstall, that is new to me. It's a bit of a drive, but they made it worth it when they had 6 fabulous middle grade authors there! I got to hear and meet: Michele Weber Hurwitz, Liesl Shurtliff (this was the 2nd time I've met her!), Wendy McClure, Emily Fairlie, Kate Hannigan, and Amy Timberlake (yes, the Newbery Honor author!). I walked away with all of their books, plus many more. The Bookstall has a fantastic children's literature section and I'm sure I'll make the drive again! In fact, I left with a box of books instead of a bag :)
So, what this means is few books read, but lots coming up!
Here is what I did get to:
Naked by Michael Ian Black
My Goodreads review: I found the next book I need to own! Parents will understand and kids will laugh! I didn't know what to expect with a book called "Naked" but the author/illustrator team did a great job. The text was hilarious and the illustrations added to the hilarity of the subject. I laughed at the other characters' faces as they were looking at the naked boy. I chuckled even more when he was naked.... but with a cape! Simple text but a GREAT story!
Some Smug Slug by Pamela Duncan Edwards
Angel Island: Gateway to Gold Mountain by Russell Freedman
Fantastic account of the "Ellis Island of the west". Detailed review coming in my Wednesday post.
The Ninja Librarians
I tried really hard to enjoy this book. I really wanted to enjoy this book. I got to page 100 and looked longingly over to the pile of books I really wanted to get to and decided I was done. I'm not sure if it was because I was reading the book every night late at night and was too tired to get into it. I looked at many reviews on Goodreads and it had received glowing reviews. I kept it on my to-read shelf. I just couldn't continue it at this point. Maybe I'll pick it up again. Maybe I won't.
The One and Only by Emily Giffin
(every time I say or type the title I want to add "Ivan" to the end of it!)
It's good. Not my favorite. Solid chick-lit. Should finish it sometime this week.
Circa Now by Amber McRee Turner
After hearing all the buzz about this book I knew I wanted to start it sooner than later. So far, it's that good.
Readers Front and Center by Dorothy Barnhouse
I'm really enjoying this professional read so far. I don't think I'll read much of it until school is out, but I'm looking forward to getting back to it. I love how she described one of her earlier conferences with students. Sounds like something I'm doing now! I'm anxious to hear more, and my burning question that I want answered is what do you do when a student is waaaay off on their answer. You're not supposed to "teach" the answer, but how do I guide their thinking?