This was not a good reading-during-the-week week. I found time to squeeze in a chapter or two before my eyes shut before bedtime. I crammed in all of my reading over the weekend. Saturday afternoon was a beautiful day to sit outside and read in the sunshine. LOTS of crammed picture book reading over the weekend!
See You Next Year by Andrew Larsen
I really liked this book for the writing. The author concentrated on an event that happened every year - his family taking a trip to the beach. Each page gives concise details about what happened during the week. I would use it to show students how to write about an event. How not to overwrite, and add too many details, but think about the sights, smells and sounds around you. The soft, muted illustrations added to the fun story.
Marilyn's Monster by Michelle Knudsen
I had heard good things about this book, but I was so pleasantly surprised. This may end up in my personal collection yet. Great book for growth mindset. Would pair well with Going Places by Peter Reynolds - talk about how you don't always have to do things the way everyone else is doing it.
Look! by Jeff Mack
Told using just 2 words, a young boy learns the value of stories. I'm adding this to my Mock Geisel unit for the end of the year.
Fly! by Karl Newsom Edwards
Another one for the Mock Geisel unit. Using movement verbs, a fly tries to act just like all the other insects but learns he has his own movement.
There's No Such Thing as Little by LeUyen Pham
This one took me by surprise. I fell in love with this simple book about perspective after the first few pages. As these two little children teach us, it's all about how you look at things. The strategically placed die-cut holes, add to the magic of the book. I love Pham's illustrations - I should have known I would want this book!
Monkey and Duck Quack Up! by Jennifer Hamburg
PreK/Kg students are going to love this silly rhyme book. They will laugh at how Duck just won't cooperate, especially at the end of the story!
Ten Rules of Being a Superhero by Deb Pilutti
Thank you to Kristen Picone for this recommendation!
Add this book to your beginning of the year pile. Perfect to discuss: what is a superhero? how does one act? how can you act like a superhero in your life? in the classroom?
Yes, this book will appeal to young readers, but older readers will be able to apply it to their life.
Photos Framed by Ruth Thomson
This is a great text for a classroom or library to have. Teachers could use these famed photographs to look closely. Talk about the parts and how they come together to equal a whole. What did the photographer see? Why was the picture taken? What is the story? Close reading can start by looking at pictures - a picture is worth a thousand words. What does each one say?
The Case For Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage by Selina Alko
Wow. Just a really important book. Well written and beautifully illustrated. I loved the story before I read the author's and illustrator's notes at the end of the book. It buried it's way into my heart! What an important book.
Terra and Bella by Carol Buckley
Thank you to Jason Lewis for telling us about this book. I can see why it won your students' March Madness!
I loved this story of the unlikely friendship between an elephant and dog. I read Jodi Picoult's newest book last year, Leaving Time, and it took place in an elephant sanctuary, which is the setting of this PB as well. It was so interesting to see the photographs, I think that part of the story will also be interesting for students.
This is a book that is being added to my collection!
Babymouse: Bad Babysitter by Jennifer and Matt Holm
I adored pg. 11. The last frame needs to be in a frame! And passed out to all girl readers.
Drama by Raina Telgemeier
I've had this book for awhile and just haven't read it. I knew I needed to when I heard that 3rd and 4th graders at my school were reading it. I knew it was more for middle school, but didn't know the content of the book.
Telgemeier does a great job weaving in story lines to create this story. It's about working hard at something, it's about figuring out who you are. Telgemeier deftly manages story lines of self identity - understanding your sexuality - all in the setting of a middle school musical production.
Pocket Poems by Bobbi Katz
Celebrating Poem in Your Pocket Day? Keep this one close by!
Yup, still reading The Whisper by Aaron Starmer. The first book had me interested. I'm having a harder time getting into this second one. I'm still waiting for it to pick up.
Yup, it's still Echo. I think I'll get to it this week, though!