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.
I always start writing this post earlier in the week and add to it throughout the week. I couldn't post this without saying that while I'm celebrating a week of reading, my heart is also with the people in Orlando. Being in Florida right now, it's been scary how many times this state has been in the news as of late. But whether I'm in Florida or home, this senseless violence has to stop. I hope the books we are reading help give this generation tools to help shape this world without violence, censorship or hate.
Last Week's Adventures
I shared a new picture book biography on Nadia Comaneci. I think this book will be in demand this fall after the summer Olympics!
I reviewed Nora Raleigh Baskin's upcoming book Nine, Ten HERE. Be sure to check it out because it was written from a different standpoint - the days leading up to 9.11.
I'm spotlighting some great new early readers. Last week's was Salina Yoon's Duck, Duck, Porcupine.
Good Night, Baddies by Deborah Underwood
I always knew the evil villains had a heart of gold! Cute story.
There Is a Tribe of Kids by Lane Smith
The standout point for me were the illustrations.
This would be a good book to use at the beginning of the year to talk about community.
Field Guide to the Grumpasaurus by Edward Hemingway
I may or may not recognize some of the characteristics of the Grumpasaurus in me.... This would be a fun book to use in the beginning of the year to talk about character ed - how to calm down, how to approach a friend when they are having a problem.
Douglas, You Need Glasses! by Ged Adamson
This would be a good book to use in primary classrooms when many kids are prescribed glasses. Would also be good just to show students why kids need glasses.
Teachers Rock by Todd Parr
This book is about Nerdy teachers everywhere!
Bring Me a Rock by Daniel Miyares
I thought this book was going to go one direction but it didn't. It would be fun to use with theme. Another good one to use for community and treating everyone equally.
Hensel and Gretel: Ninja Chicks by Corey Rosen Schwartz
I love Corey's fractured tales. Another fun one to add to your collection.
A Whale in the Bathtub by Kylie Westaway
Use this one for silly problem solving. Pair it with Joyce Wan's The Whale in my Swimming Pool.
Transitional Chapter Books
Spunky Tells All by Ann Cameron
Spunky gets his own book! Written by the author of the Julian and Huey books, Spunky the dog gets his chance to tell his thoughts. Cute book for our younger readers who are ready for chapters.
I enjoyed the dog perspective, but if you're looking for a book that really captures the dog's perspective, check out Victoria Coe's Fenway and Hattie!
The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Spring by Betty G. Birney
It's a sweet story but what I'm really loving are the illustrations by Matt Phelan!
This is the Story of You by Beth Kephart
Happy Reading, everyone!