I had a couple of days where I didn't read anything this week! Well, that should say I didn't finish anything! But then I found some creative ways to get my reading in :)
Dog Days of School by Kelly DiPucchio
LOVE this book! It's the Freaky Friday boy-dog version! Such a kid-friendly book for point of view discussion. And kids will LOVE seeing the boy drink out of the toilet :)
My Pet Book by Bob Staake
Can't wait to use this one with a few others at the beginning of the year to talk about a "readerly life". I'll use this book to talk about how books make us feel.
It's an Orange Aardvark! by Michael Hall
This was my surprise read of the week. Reminds me of Ed Emberly's Go Away Big Green Monster with the little cut outs. Loved the ideas the ants came up with - great for description, word choice, adjectives!
Take Me Out to the Yakyu by Aaron Meshon
2015 IL Monarch nominee
Cute story about a boy comparing American and Japanese baseball. I liked the author's notes at the end.
Dare the Wind by Tracey Fern
Add this story about Eileen Perkins and her determination to navigate and sail the open seas. Another good text to add to your strong American women unit!
Shining Star: The Anna May Wong Story by Paula Yoo
Thanks to Crystal (@librarygrl2) for sharing this one originally. I had read at least one story that Anna May Wong had been mentioned in (by Lisa See), so I was interested in learning more. This biography showed how her perseverance during a time when American was biased against Chinese got her where she ultimately dreamed of being - on the silver screen!
The Pilot and the Little Prince by Peter Sis
My goodreads review: I really enjoyed reading this biography because it portrayed the author of The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, in a manner different than expected. de Saint-Exupery lived a much different life than I had previously known, and Sis does an amazing job detailing de Saint-Exupery's passion in such a fascinating way. I loved the basic text about his life, but it's really the illustrations that bring this book to life. Sis makes the captions in the illustrations so different than usual informational texts, I found myself pouring over each one. It was a joy to read about someone who followed their true passion and made it a reality.
Super by Matthew Cody
I finished listening to this book this week. I really enjoy the "Powerless" series. I haven't heard as much about this series out on Twitter and on blogs, but I highly recommend it, especially for reluctant boy readers. It has a mystery, suspense, high action, super heroes. Both Powerless and Super are great reads. Can't wait for Villainous, the conclusion of the trilogy, on Aug. 26!
Mambo in Chinatown by Jean Kwok
I really enjoy this author. She has written 2 books that I highly recommend. If you've read and enjoy Lisa See, you'll enjoy Kwok's stories. This one centers around ballroom dancing, which was enjoyable for me!
The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson
getting ready for #sharpschu on Wednesday!
The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer
I had to take a break from this one to finish a few others, but I really like it so far!
Reading in the Wild by Donalyn Miller
I love Donalyn's writing style. It's straight forward but driven by such passion and energy! I'll be posting my final #cyperPD post about this amazing book on Wednesday. I hope you've been able to check out some of the conversations people have been having. It's amazing getting to read everyone's thoughts and comments.
Still reading my 2 other professional books, but have gotten farther in them!
Hope you've had a great reading week!