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
Check out the upcoming book from Laura Purdie Salas, If You Were the Moon.
3rd-6th grade teachers, check out The Wizard's Dog by Eric Kahn Gale. Really heartwarming book about Merlin's lovable dog!
I'm really proud of our Mock Sibert/Sibert Smackdown project. I'm so happy to see these kids lift the level of nonfiction learning.
On the #road2reading Challenge, I share the importance of a Mock Geisel unit.
Go, Otto, Go! by David Milgrim
Catching up on the Geisel winners that I have not read (I always have some of those!). Simple text with this one. At the beginning we see Otto looking at a picture of what we assume is his family. He expresses his desire to go home. We watch Otto build a rocket and say goodbye to his current companions. But something happens to his rocket and it goes a bit haywire. Otto ends up back where he started and realizes he is home.
I'm not sure if young readers will reach deep into theme here and talk about how home is where the heart is. I'm interested in seeing their reactions.
Oops Pounce Quick Run! by Mike Twohy
Now this one I get why it won a Geisel Honor - it's very clever! Really an alphabet concept book, but it tells a story of a ball catching a mouse in his house by surprise. What follows is a chase between Mouse and Dog with each page having one word, sometimes a phrase, all in alphabetical order. Very clever.
Plankton is Pushy by Jonathan Fenske
I can't remember if I reviewed this one on here or not. Just in case I didn't, I'm including it today! Even though I knew how this book would end, there were still several parts that made me laugh out loud. And I loved seeing a cameo of Barnacle from Fenske's other book. Although not published until April, it's already available through the Scholastic catalogs.
One Last Word: Wisdom From the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes
Nikki Grimes is a master of her craft.
This book takes the work of poets whose work was written during, inspired by, or helped found the Harlem Renaissance and then Nikki Grimes used the work in her own work. The poems she chose are still powerful today. But the way she used pieces of the original poems to craft new ones is masterful. Using a format called the Golden Shovel, she takes a line or lines from a poem and ends each line of her poem with a word (going in sequential order) from the original.
Another piece of this book is the artwork that is included. Readers will find work by R. Gregory Christie, E. B. Lewis, Christopher Myers, Brian Pinkney, Sean Qualls, Javaka Steptoe and many others.
Do not miss the notes Grimes includes at the beginning of the book. Very powerful words.
Siren Sisters by Dana Langer
This coming of age novel has a twist - not only is Lolly, our main character, trying to figure out who she is and who she wants to be, she's also trying to reconcile all of this with her turning into a Siren - someone who is at the bidding of the Sea Witch.
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Yup. Still reading it. Reading time is so limited and this is a hard one to carry around in my purse at 640 pages. Still loving it, though!
Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
Both this book and my other current read are #mustreadin2017 books. My goal was to read both in January. I'll have to settle for both started in January, but that's ok! Really enjoying them.