This weekly post comes from Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki at Unleashing Readers. It's a great source to find new books to use with your students.
Last Week's Adventures
How I use information from reading logs.
What nonfiction picture books are must haves in your classroom? Here are mine.
I love a good monster book to read in October. Check out the books Sterling Publishing has here.
Double Happiness by Nancy Tupper Ling
The uniqueness of this story is what will stay with me. A story about a brother and sister's move to a new city, far away from their home in San Francisco. Jake looks at the move as a new adventure whereas Gracie sees the move as leaving her extended family behind. Told in prose, the lyrical words and beautiful illustrations make this story one you will think about long after you close the book.
The Nuts: Sing and Dance in Your Polka-Dot Pants by Eric Litwin
As with the other "Nuts" book, read on its own, it is a cute story with fun illustrations by Scott Magoon. But pair it with the audio, then it's catchy and fun to sing along!
Toys Meet Snow by Emily Jenkins
I have not read the Toy trilogy, which introduces us to Lumphy, StingRay and Plastic. I wonder if I had, if I would have had a stronger attachment to the picture book? I enjoyed it, but it didn't stick to me. However, it did lead me to finding the first chapter book in the trilogy, which I'll get to at some point! I do think this is a wonderful mentor text for character and perspective. What can we tell about each character? How does each character answer the question - what is their perspective?
Sharing the Bread: An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Story by Pat Zietlow Miller
I loved the "old-fashioned" story that had what the heart of Thanksgiving is to me - family coming together with a feast that is cooked together.
Where's Walrus? And Penguin? by Stephen Savage
I wish Stephen Savage got more recognition for what his books do for young readers. I feel like he understands what is going to get them engaged with reading and making books interactive and fun. This one is no exception. I think I loved seeing what Walrus was going to be up to even more in this sequel since he had his friend, Penguin, along with him!
Simon's New Bed by Christian Trimmer
I love a good dog vs. cat story, especially one with as much humor as this one. Great life lesson at the end - one we need daily reminders of!
Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman
Bill The Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman
by Marc Tyler Nobleman
Thanks to Myra at Gathering Books for including these two books in her Wednesday nonfiction posts. They were really interesting to read, especially as graphic novels are enjoying more and more popularity.
CrimeBiters: My Dog is Better Than Your Dog by Tommy Greenwald
One of the books that will be featured at Scholastic Book Fairs and Book Clubs, this first in the series book will be sure to hook young readers - a crime fighting vampire dog? Fans of Bunnicula will really enjoy this one.
The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer
Gorgeous gorgeous writing.
So much to read, so little time. So much reading in the edges. I so appreciate the time I had Sunday morning just to sit and read in the quiet, uninterrupted morning hour. I really thought about it and wondered if kids know what that's like - falling into their story, their books, their reading. I'll write more about it tomorrow.
Be sure to return on Friday - it's Mentor Text Friday and this week..... it's Little Elliot Big Family! So happy Little Elliot is back!
Hope you have a great reading week!