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.
Did anyone else hear the skid marks as my reading came to an abrupt halt?? I forgot about how important it is to find time to read in the edges. Usually because I was taking a nap between the edges this week!! Definitely the start of school. In fact, I finished the one middle grade novel I did read this weekend by finding an hour block of time to read on Saturday and Sunday! Once we get into routine I'm sure things will go back to normal but until then I'll be working hard to find little pieces of time to read.
Last Week's Adventures
This is a perfect time to be reflective about your classroom library and how you want it set up. Ideas on how to set it up without levels here.
A roundup of nonfiction picture books that celebrate books and reading.
A review of Cassie Beasley's upcoming book (tomorrow!) Tumble and Blue.
The first ten books we're using for #classroombookaday in the 4th grade class I'm in.
Owl Bat Bat Owl by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick
I think this book is perfect to read at the start of the year to talk about acceptance, inclusion, looking out for each other and even personal space. Maybe point out that once the adult animals got out of the way, it was the kids that found a new way to be. Love that it's wordless so even more room for discussion and interpretation.
Now by Antoinette Portis
I've been waiting so long to get my hands on this book and it did not disappoint. Reminding us that the present time is so important. BE in the now. Recognize the importance of what you are doing. Be present. Such a great message. Yet another powerful, short picture book that is going to be great to discuss with older readers!
Duck and Hippo Lost and Found by Jonathan London
I love the illustrations in this series. It makes me feel like I am reading a favorite book from my childhood. The stories are always sweet and have an old fashioned feel to them, as well. I think these stories would be perfect for a library story time.
All the Way to Havana by Margarita Engle
I went back and reread this book just so I could engross myself in the words and take in the poem by Engle. What a beautiful small moments story about the value of family in Cuba. Make sure you read the publication page and the author's/illustrator's notes because they give another glimpse into Cuban life.
Where Engle has an amazing way with words, Mike Curato, the illustrator, has an amazing way with illustrations. They are gorgeous and really capture, what I imagine, the bright colors you would see in Havana!
The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore
What a stunning debut! This window book for me has us looking in at what growing up in modern day Harlem is like for a 12 year old. I think this story is powerful one that packs a punch and is full of heart. Lolly, Rose and Vega are characters that will stick with me for awhile.
But like I said, this is a window book for me and some of the issues that were problematic for me, a white middle class reader, may or may not be problematic for, let's say, a twelve year old child growing up in inner city Chicago.
A longer review will be posted on September 7th!
by Kimberly Newton Fusco
I loved Fusco's Beholding Bee so I am so excited to dive back into her words!
Hoping to find time to read this week and get into a routine. We'll see how that goes!