All journeys have a starting place.
This is a weekly place to find books and tools
that you may use with readers at the start of their reading journey.
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Candlewick has some upcoming early and transitional chapter books that you may want to have on your radar!
Bug Blonsky and His Very Long List of Don'ts
by E.S. Redmond
publishes January 2nd
Short chapters and illustrations on every page, this book will be a favorite with young readers because they KNOW Bug! Bug has a hard time sitting still and remembering to think before he acts. To help himself out, he decides to make a list, a very long list, of things he shouldn't do. Like not trade snacks with a healthy friend (you might get a flax seed muffin) and don't make fart noises with your armpit when your teacher leans over. Books that make adults roll their eyes are always well received with young readers!
I love the full color spreads in Bud!
They Didn't Teach THIS in Worm School!
by Simone Lia
publishes February 13th
What happens when a bird meets a worm? Well, first the worm talks a lot to avoid getting eating, but then somehow the bird and worm end up on a cross country trip to Kenya (that's exactly what you were thinking was going to happen, right?)
Marcus, the worm, somehow convinces Laurence, the bird, that he should follow his dreams and go to Kenya to find other flamingos like him (talk about your case of mistaken identity). Marcus ends up being Laurence's travel guide so you know you're in for an interesting adventure with a worm leading a bird!
Taking place in the English countryside, the setting will be a bit unfamiliar for young readers but the adventures will have them laughing to see what happens next.
Julius Zebra Battle With the Britons!
by Gary Northfields
publishes January 2nd
You may be familiar with Julius Zebra already. If not, get ready to go on a crazy ride!
The Julius Zebra books are good for readers who are ready for longer books (this one is coming in at 288 pages!), yet illustrations are helpful (on every page in this book) and the content is still appropriate for younger readers (lots of slapstick humor).
I know young readers are going to be laughing at these illustrations!
Thank you to Candlewick for the review copies and interior art pictures!
Did you find a title or two for the new year? Lots of fun reading ahead!
We hope you've enjoyed our #road2reading Challenge this year. Hopefully you've found some books for your readers that you might not have known about. Or perhaps you're trying some new ideas with those readers in your classroom. We hope you'll continue to join us in 2018 on our new day - Thursdays! Stop by on Thursday, January 4th for more #road2reading fun!
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