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
I love finding out great books to read, including some of the great nonfiction that is being published. This week, I shared I'm reading what you're reading.
I shared the new Bird and Squirrel graphic novel in the last #GNCelebration post.
I Really Like Slop by Mo Willems
I really think Mo Willems can do no wrong with Elephant and Piggie. He could have turned the story in a different, more traditional story, but he went with the nice ending and a sarcastic line. Love it.
Little Red Gliding Hood by Tara Lazar
This one surprised me. I thought it was going to be a fractured fairy tale, but it ended up being its own story, but with fairy tale characters. Cute story, I like that the personalities stayed true within this new story.
Book by David Miles
Miles does a wonderful job explaining, in really a minimal amount of words, what it's like to get lost in a story. However, I think this is a book to use with older students. The message may get lost on younger readers.
We Forgot Brock by Carter Goodrich
There seems to be a lot of books about imaginary friends, following the success of Beekle. This one is a fun one. After a fun trip to the fair, Phillip's family accidentally leaves Phillip's imaginary friend, Brock, behind. Will they ever be reunited?
I am Helen Keller by Brad Meltzer
I like this series to introduce students to a basic biography. The narrative format will appeal to young readers who find it easier to listen to a story than informative facts. I would not use this as a mentor text for biographies, but I think it does a nice job teaching young children about the person.
This particular book gave names to the emotions young Helen Keller was experiencing. I also liked the inclusion of the braille alphabet for readers to feel, not just look at.
Lost in NYC: A Subway Adventure by Nadia Spiegelman
I think the graphic novels by Toon Graphics always offers something different. This one definitely sneaks in a little history and current information about the New York subway system. The author also includes some informational facts about the subway in the back matter.
Bird and Squirrel on the Edge by James Burks
Finding Bird and Squirrel last year was such a happy day! A graphic novel that makes the reader laugh out loud - one that makes me really appreciate the tongue in cheek humor. I love Squirrel's OCD, Bird's laissez faire attitude.
My students and I have been waiting for months for the release of this new Bird and Squirrel. And it didn't disappoint. So happy this duo is back.
The Island of Dr. Libris by Chris Grabenstein
Some books are better when you listen to them. I think this is one of them. The narrator did a great job - distinct different voices, and the dialogue pulled you right into the story. My 10-yr old listened with me, and even though some of the characters, - Pollyanna, Tom Sawyer, 3 musketeers - were new to her, she quickly figured out their personalities and they fit right into their stories.
The only problem I had with the book was the ending was wrapped up a little too quickly. I liked the big idea at the end about billy and his imagination. But there were some loose threads that were wrapped up too quickly and conveniently.
Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff
Another #mustreadin2015 read. I am really enjoying it so far - the main character isn't always likable, but being able to see both his conflicted side and the person he wants to be keeps me wanting to read!
Princess Juniper of the Hourglass by Ammi-Joan Paquette
Happy reading this week!