Monday, June 20, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 6.20.16

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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 can always tell when my husband has gone home on these Monday posts - my reading significantly goes down!  My husband and I are definitely a partnership - he has his things he does and I have mine.  But once he's gone and I do both plus do everything for my daughter, yikes, reading and writing go way down.

Last Week's Adventures

If you are a middle grade teacher or librarian, be sure to have Sticks and Stones by Abby Cooper in your collection.  Here's how the book impacted me.

Part 3 of my series on early readers.

This community has given me so many wonderful books to read.  Thanks to you, I'm reading your nonfiction.  Check these books out!

Picture Books

What Do You Do with a Problem?
What Do You Do With a Problem? by Kobi Yamada
5/5 stars
So many uses for this book.  You could spend days going over different problem solving techniques, how you confront problems, how problems make you feel.  I think this book would be perfect in elementary classrooms.  While you can absolutely use it with any age reader, I would love to hear conversations of those kids who can interpret the literary elements.

Penny & Jelly: Slumber Under the Stars
Penny and Jelly Slumber Under the Stars by Maria Gianferrari
3/5 stars
Cute story - pet owners will understand how Penny feels when she can't bring her beloved dog Jelly to a special evening.  I liked the problem solving Penny uses!  Illustrated by Thyra Heder, always enjoy her illustrations.

Middle School

The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs
The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs by Betty G. Birney
3/5 stars
I loved the premise of this book - find Wonders (a la Wonders of the World) in your own hometown.  Eben, the main character, finds what is special in his own town, but also learns about his neighbors/townsfolk.  
I liked this book, but I'm not sure how it will go over with young readers.  I know my own daughter had no interest, I wonder how many students would stick with this book.

Two Naomis
Two Naomis by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich and Audrey Vernick
4/5 stars
This will be an important book to have in your classroom because many students will see themselves or someone they know in it.  This story is about two girls, both named Naomi.  About as different as can be in regards to their personalities, likes/dislikes, but also racial background - one Naomi is African American, the other Caucasian.  But what they have in common is they both come from divorced families and both have a parent that is dating the other Naomi's parent!  It's very real - both girls have feelings of trepidation, both are worried about the changes to their family, both feel like their parents are throwing them together.  
I like that the authors kept divorce in a real light, but didn't make it a horrible thing.

Currently Reading

Wolf Hollow
 Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

On Deck

The Girl Who Drank the Moon
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Looking forward to next weekend - ALA weekend!  Will be seeing many nerdy friends and seeing all the new books coming our way!  I also get the chance to attend the Newbery-Caldecott Banquet!


  1. I read What Do You Do With a Problem this week, too. I agree there is so much teaching potential. Many students tend to give up when faced with a problem so I think this book will open up important conversations.

  2. Nice bunch of books. Have fun at ALA. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  3. Enjoy ALA, Michele. What fun to be there! The Girl Who Drank The Moon is a new title for me, will look for it. Hope you enjoy Wolf Hollow! I have the "Seven Wonders" on my list, too!

  4. Thanks for your thoughts on Two Naomis. I love Audrey Vernick so I'm definitely going to have to read this one!

  5. Definitely getting Sticks and Stones! And, I'm looking forward to reading your thoughts about Wolf Hollow, which I adored.

  6. So many books I have yet to read! I have a digital ARC of The Girl Who Drank the Moon from NetGalley. So I need to get to that one soon. I've heard lots of good things about it. Hope you find some peaceful time for reading this week!

  7. I loved Yamada's first book; I need to read the second. I think the messages are so important!

    Happy reading this week (and I'll see you soon!!!!)!

  8. I loved What Do You Do With a Problem? and am so glad you loved it, too! I am really looking forward to your thoughts on Wolf Hollow. It's at the top of my list. :)

  9. I have Wolf Hollow checked out right now. I also enjoyed What Do You Do With a Problem. I'll plan to share that one next fall.

  10. I tried to order what do you do with a problem, but it isn't yet on the list of where I order from!