That first week back after vacation is always a tough one to get caught up on. Add being gone at swim meets all weekend, well, reading slowed down, just a bit!
Here's what jumped out of the stacks this week:
Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
I love books that make me laugh. They are so easy to "sell" to students.
and then it's spring by Julie Fogliano
This is a great book to pair with Kate Messner's Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt book. I passed this one along to our 2nd grade team who does a unit on plants and seeds.
Templeton Gets His Wish by Greg Pizzoli
Greg Pizzoli is masterful at teaching strong central messages, using accessible text. I love using his books to spark wonderful conversations.
Inside This Book (are three books) by Barney Saltzberg
Cute book that has 3 siblings showing the books they published, each one after the other. Could be used as a mentor text for Writer's Workshop!
Dogku by Andrew Clements
Loved this entire book told in haiku. The illustrations are a stand out too!
Hidden by Loic Dauvillier
I feel the more I read, the more I learn about history. The German purge of people of Jewish descent is widely known. However, I don't remember reading as much about the same thing happening in France. I feel like I've just recently read about this in different books.
This is a great book to use in a classroom when discussing this time period. I love that the graphic novel is being used as a format to teach some important events - this format seems to reach more readers.
Wish Girl by Nikki Loftin
Oh my gosh. How I loved this book. It grabbed my heart and Did. Not. Let. Go.
First of all, you will love Peter and Annie. They both are fighting for something that just blows you away.
Secondly, you will love the setting. The Hill Valley. Or is it a character? I think that would be a wonderful debate to have.
This book would make a wonderful read aloud. If it's not already on your list, please add it!
The Precious One by Marisa de los Santos
Yes, an adult book!
I've enjoyed her other books, her command of language is amazing. This one started out slow for me, but there are just too many times I read something, a line, that just makes me stop and amaze at her writing ability.
Masterminds by Gordan Korman
What are you reading?