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
Doing a mini lesson on narrative texts in nonfiction? Need a mentor text list? Here you go!
Have you heard of Sara Pennypacker's upcoming book Pax? It's one you want to put on your radar. Here's a small teaser.
Oh how I love to find books to use for inferring. Spotlight Friday featured this great book.
It was a wonderful Mock season. I celebrated our Mock Newbery, Caldecott and Geisel here.
Don't Throw it to Mo! by David Adler
Darn you Geisel Award!!! Just once I would like to have guessed the potential winner and have had it included in our Mock Geisel discussion.
This was a cute story about the little guy winning and making a difference. Great to hand off to young readers who are ready to try reading on their own with a bit of controlled text.
Freckleface Strawberry: Loose Tooth! by Julianne Moore
I love these new Freckleface Strawberry easy readers.
Freckleface Strawberry has a loose tooth but she must lose it at school, no where else. Why? To get the special tooth holder necklace, of course!
Easy Reader Chapter Books
A Pig, A Fox, and a Box by Jonathan Fenske
Another Geisel dark horse not on my list.
Fun read, clever rhymes, fun for young readers.
Transitional Chapter Books
Lola Levine: Drama Queen by Monica Brown
Lola is a fun character. I like that she is strong in a sport, but struggles in other areas. Young readers like her.
Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom
Oh I loved this book. When I saw Ricki give this book a ton of love, I went straight to my library app and put it on hold!
Parker Grant is a character that will stick with me for awhile. She is blind as a result of a horrible accident. As a result, she has set up rules that must be followed. These rules protect her and keep her safe. While some people might view the rules as being harsh or see her as being tough to like, I thought they made her more interesting. People with a handicap grow up with different sensitivities, they sometimes view things or approach things differently. I loved how Parker knew what she needed to keep herself feeling safe and she set those limitations in place. She was so real to me and her feelings so raw.
Amazing book from a debut author. Wow.
Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban
Loved this book. In fact it has it's own post coming up next week! Stay tuned!
Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell
Star Wars: Before the Awakening by Greg Rucka
Loved the new movie so I'm interested in reading more about some of the new characters!
What are you reading over this long weekend?