As of today, school starts in 3 weeks. The beginning of school always brings excited anticipation for a new year, but it also means my reading has to slow down! And it means I need to bump up my reading, I don't think I've gotten far in my summer Must Reads list!
I read a lot of books, particularly picture books this week. All are reviewed on my goodreads page. Here are some of the standouts from the week:
Mogie: The Heart of the House by Kathi Appelt
Having experience with staying at a house close to a hospital, I can't tell you what places like Ronald McDonald Houses do for families with sick, injured or recovering children. They are amazing. I love that this book shows them but also what the people - or in this case, animals! - do for the kids.
The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
Why did I wait so long to read this book?? This book and the following 2 I've owned since their release dates (awhile ago now), but I'm just now getting the time to read them.
I love this book because it's me. I have an idea in my head and sometimes it's so hard to get that idea down on paper, whether writing or drawing. And that's me when the little girl get so frustrated she ends up hurting herself. Well, I don't always hurt myself, but I know that feeling of explosion! And then needing a walk to clear your head, and coming back to your project with a clear mind. Love this book. It will pair really well with....
What Do You Do With an Idea? by Kobi Yamada
Yup, this one has been sitting in my house for awhile too.
I love this book because I think you can do so many different things with it. I think it also take multiple readings of this book to really either get it, or to form your own idea of what it is talking about. And there will be different ideas that come from different thinkers. It's going to be a really good book to talk about in a classroom! I think I'll actually use it with older kids. I think they will be able to interpret it in different ways.
I think this book would also be good to use to show how your thinking changes as you read it. At least, my thinking changed.
The Mermaid and the Shoe by K.G. Campbell
My last PB that I've had for months and just finally read.
Sweet story, I love books that show how people can find their own passion/identity/person. Also great to add to fairy tale collection.
I loved K.G. Campbell's illustrations in Flora and Ulysses, which is the primary reason why I bought this book. The illustrations were beautiful and stunning to look at. But... did anyone else get a little weirded out by the interesting shell placement? They just looked odd to me!
The Bathing Costume or The Worst Vacation of my Life by Charlotte Moundlic
This is the perfect book to read right now, in the summer. It's written across a week of young Ronnie's life while going on vacation with his grandparents and mean, older cousins. Ronnie, being the youngest, is of course the butt of all jokes. Literally. At one point he has to wear a "bathing costume" (aka swimsuit) that is huge on him and falls down. This book is deceiving because it is a picture book, but is longer and is separated by each day he is on vacation. This would be a good read aloud for the beginning of the year because of the length of the book, because so many kids will relate and the laugh out loud moments!
Thanks Alyson for originally showing this book!
The Bad Birthday Idea by Madeline Valentine
This book should be read to (and by) anyone who has siblings! Tale as old as time...
Younger sibling wants to play with older sibling and the older sib's cool toy.
Older sibling says no.
It's the younger sib's bday. Younger sib gets the NEW model of the coveted toy.
Older sibling does something not good....
for me, it was Cabbage Patch Dolls. And I was the older sibling *hangs head in shame*
Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch by Anne Isaacs
Perfect book to use with 3rd-5th grade. Great examples of exaggerated language. I love how the illustrations add to the story. Longer picture book and a lot to talk about with older kids!
The Fly by Elise Gravel
The Worm by Elise Gravel
Thanks to Carrie Gelson, I found this new series - Disgusting Critters. In both books I read, I repeatedly said, "ewwww!" This series stays true to its name (disgusting critters) by providing true, but disgusting information but in a fun way that will attract young readers. The books provide just basic information, no details or nonfiction text features and no additional information at the end.
The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson
I snuck this book in earlier than anticipated because I needed to get ready for #sharpschu book club! I knew I needed to read it early to make sure it was ok for my 9yo. It's a little above that level, but nothing stood out as being inappropriate. I'm sure she missed a few things, but she overall understood it pretty well. I loved reading her tweets. She had better insight to the book than I thought, and certainly said more in her tweets than she did in the conversation I had with her about the book! The best news of the night came from the author, Varian Johnson, that he is currently working on a sequel to the book!
Here's my Goodreads review:
The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm
I received an advanced digital copy of this book from Net Galley.
I can't wait to actually have a copy of this book in my hands to pass out to kids. This is a perfect example of a talented author - Holm writes a book that is so different from her others (well, there's maybe a little bit of "Squish" in here!) and still writes it so well.
I think kids will like reading about Ellie and her grandpa. I hope they hold the question, "when does science go too far" in their heads as they read this book. Check it out on 8.26!
Listening with my ears
Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements
This book has been in my TBR pile for years! I think the outside pages are actually yellowing, that's how long I've had this book! I saw the audio CDs at the library and figured this would be a great way to get this book read :)
I will finish this book this week!
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