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 weekend had me down and out for the count with walking pneumonia, so missed out on posting last Monday. Catching up now!
Last Weeks' Adventures
Did you follow the #nf10for10 on Friday? Here are 10 science books I recommend having in your library!
Make sure you check out Caroline Starr Rose's new book - Jasper and the Riddle of Riley's Mine. Check out the post, Caroline talks about reluctant readers.
A fun book that infuses nonfiction information into the story - The Polar Bear.
Looking for some transitional chapter books? Some new ones that should be on your radar.
Teach or work with young readers? A list to inspire book love with our youngest readers!
What's Your Favorite Favorite? by Bob Shea
I've been a huge fan of the Ballet Cat books since its beginning. While this one is still silly and will make a fun read aloud, it's not quite as humorous as the first two.
Love Is by Diane Adams
This would make a very sweet graduation gift for a mother to give their child. Captures the feeling of taking care of someone, through good times and tough, and then having to be brave when it's time to let them go and explore the world!
Beauty and the Beast by Cynthia Rylant
With the upcoming Disney live-action movie being released, I thought this book would be some sort of retelling. Instead it surprised me because it contains parts of the fairy tale that I've never heard before. Sounding more traditional, this version will leave you with a few surprises! Love the illustrations by Meg Park (from the Anna, Banana series).
The Storm Whale in Winter by Benji Davies
The stars of The Storm Whale are back and showing us that friendship does prevail.
Characters remind me of Tim and Sam from Cale Atkinson's To the Sea.
A Bus Called Heaven by Bob Graham
I love that the conflict was decided over a game of foosball.
Bob Graham stories always have an interesting plot line that is resolved in ways that are unexpected.
Plant the Tiny Seed by Christie Matheson
While I like her other interactive books a bit better (Tap the Magic Tree and Touch the Brightest Star), I still like the magic these books install within its young readers. Kids love seeing the change that happens from page to page. I like how there is some back matter with this book, giving the reader some additional information about growing zinnias.
Bird and Squirrel on Fire by James Burks
This series will always be near and dear to my heart because there was a school year where Bird and Squirrel got a lot of kids reading. This book is going to hook them even more, no matter what their age is. I'm pretty sure I laughed out loud on every page. I hope when you read this book you give the characters voices in your head. This book would actually make a great read aloud on your doc cam!
Transitional Chapter Books
Upside Down Magic: Sticks and Stones by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, Emily Jenkins
I really love this series for the readers I work with - students in 3rd and 4th grades. Great length, fun stories - they are easy to get in the hands of readers. Now that we know our cast of Upside Down Magic kids, our story delves into the problems they have trying to fit in at their school.
Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
This was my first #mustreadin2017 read! It's as good as everyone says. If you haven't read it, you must get it in your hands! There has not been as much light shed on slavery during the time of the Revolutionary War, and from what I can tell, Laurie Halse Anderson did some wonderful research and it seemed to me, kept a great historical voice throughout the novel. I'm looking forward to reading the next two.
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Oh my gosh... can I give 10 stars?? So so so good.
Mystery, intrigue, action, fantasy and holy cow graphic uh hem, romance, scenes. Not sure how this is young adult.
The back and forth of the story. So much going on. I can't believe 624 pages kept my attention, but it did! I can't believe I have to wait until May for book 3. If you have not started this series, do yourself a favor. Start now.
The Harlem Charade by Natasha Tarpley
Bubbles by Abby Cooper