Friday, July 13, 2018

Spotlight Friday - My 2019 Mock Caldecott list.... so far! 7.13.18


Time to get ready for the weekend!
Kick up your feet and find a good place to read.
Sharing #booklove for your classroom or library.
Spotlighting a book or two because these books deserve the spotlight!



We are halfway through the year and just months away from #mock season starting in schools!  This week I'm looking at some possible books I'll be putting on my list.  These are just possibilities, not definites.  Help me out - is there a title you're thinking about that is not on my list?  Add it to the comments so I can make sure to check it out!

Today I'm looking at books for Mock Caldecott!  Here's my thinking.... so far!


Love
Love
illustrated by Loren Long
written by Matt de la Peña

Hello Lighthouse
Hello Lighthouse
by Sophie Blackall

If I Had a Horse
If I Had a Horse
by Gianna Marino

Sleep Train
Sleep Train
illustrated by Lauren Eldridge
written by Jonathan London

They Say Blue
They Say Blue
by Jillian Tamaki

Julián Is a Mermaid
Julián is a Mermaid
by Jessica Love

Adrian Simcox Does Not Have a Horse
Adrian Simcox Does Not Hava a Horse
illustrated by Corinna Luyken
written by Marcy Campbell

A House That Once Was
a house that once was
illustrated by Lane Smith
written by Julie Fogliano

The Day You Begin
The Day You Begin
illustrated by Raphael López
written by Jacqueline Woodson

Drawn Together
Drawn Together
illustrated by Dan Santat
written by Minh Lê

Alma and How She Got Her Name
Alma and How She Got Her Name
by Juana Martinez-Neal

Ocean Meets Sky
Ocean Meets Sky
by The Fan Brothers

Dreamers
Dreamers
by Yuyi Morales

Imagine
Imagine
illustrated by Lauren Castillo
written by Juan Felipe Herrera

The Stuff of Stars
The Stuff of Stars
illustrated by Ekua Holmes
written by Marion Dane Bauer

Imagine!
Imagine!
by Raúl Colón

Nothing Stopped Sophie: The Story of Unshakable Mathematician Sophie Germain
Nothing Stopped Sophie: The Story of Unshakable Mathematician Sophie Germain
illustrated by Barbara McClintock
written by Cheryl Bardoe


Quite a list, huh?  Did I miss anything, what would you add?

Thinking about doing other Mocks?
Here's my 2019 Mock Geisel long list... so far post
Here's my 2019 Mock Sibert long list... so far post

Thursday, July 12, 2018

#road2reading Challenge - 2019 Mock Geisel... so far 7.12.18


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.
Join in the conversation at #road2reading.


We are halfway through the year and just months away from #mock season starting in schools!  This week I'm looking at some possible books I'll be putting on my list.  These are just possibilities, not definites.  Help me out - is there a title you're thinking about that is not on my list?  Add it to the comments so I can make sure to check it out!

Today I'm looking at books for Mock Geisel!

This is the award that always throws me for a loop.  Sometimes the books that are given awards are completely off my radar - those are often the very easy readers that do not get a whole lot of publicity on social media.  I try to pay attention to them but I can't always find them.  Or the awards go to books that are longer chapter books that I may have thought were too long for this award (even if I love them for readers).  But I still love having a Mock contest for these books because I love getting our youngest readers thinking about the books they read and what make them great.

One place I get a lot of my Geisel titles from is the blog Guessing Geisel.  They haven't started posting for this next award season, but I'll be watching when they do!

My 2019 Mock Geisel Long List... so far!


Peter & Ernesto by Graham Annable
Peter & Ernesto: a tale of Two Sloths
by Graham Annable

A Parade of Elephants
A Parade of Elephants
by Kevin Henkes

Meet Yasmin!
Meet Yasmin!
written by Saadia Faruki
illustrated by Hatem Aly

Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! - The Itchy Book!
The Itchy Book
by LeUyen Pham and Mo Willems

Nobody's Duck
Nobody's Duck
by Mary Sullivan

New Shoes
New Shoes
by Chris Raschka

My Toothbrush Is Missing (The Giggle Gang, #4)
My Toothbrush is Missing
by Jan Thomas

My Friends Make Me Happy! (The Giggle Gang, #3)
My Friends Make Me Happy
by Jan Thomas

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A Busy Creature's Day Eating
by Mo Willems


Here are some books I read early on in the year that I want to go back and take a look at:


My Pillow Keeps Moving
My Pillow Keeps Moving!
written by Laura Gehl
illustrated by Christopher Weyant

Floaty
Floaty
by John Himmelman



And of course there are some titles that are not available yet or titles I haven't been able to locate yet, but I'll be looking for them!


Blue
Blue
by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Dance, Dance, Dance!
Dance Dance Dance
by Ethan Long

I Lost My Tooth! (Unlimited Squirrels)
I Lost My Tooth
by Mo Willems



Are you thinking about doing a Mock Geisel this year?  What books are you going to include?  Leave titles that I missed in the comments.

Thinking about doing other Mocks?  
Here's my post on 2019 Mock Sibert.... so far
Here's my post on 2019 Mock Caldecot... so far

Do you work with readers who are starting their journey on the road to reading?  Join Alyson Beecher from Kid Lit Frenzy and me every Thursday as we explore books and ideas to help readers have a successful start to independent picture book and chapter book reading. If you blog or have a Goodreads page, please link up with us!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday - my 2019 Mock Sibert list... so far! 7.11.18

Artwork by Sarah S. Brannen ©2017
Every Wednesday I join Alyson Beecher from kidlitfrenzy and other
kidlit bloggers to share wonderful nonfiction picture books.
The intention of today's blog post is to give professionals that work in the
education field new nonfiction reading material and ideas to use 
with students to promote a love of reading nonfiction materials.


We are halfway through the year and just months away from #mock season starting in schools!  This week I'm looking at some possible books I'll be putting on my list.  These are just possibilities, not definites.  Help me out - is there a title you're thinking about that is not on my list?  Add it to the comments so I can make sure to check it out!

Today I'm looking at books for Mock Sibert!

I feel like this is a hard award to figure out, because so often books that are written for older middle grade students are selected.  Or it is a picture book, but one I may not have read for whatever reason.

Disclaimer:  when I put my list together, I am mostly keeping the students I work with in mind.  I am in a K-4 building, and it's usually the 3rd and 4th grade students who will participate in Mock Sibert.  With that in mind, my list will (mostly) consist of picture books.

My 2019 Mock Sibert Long List... so far!

Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery
Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went From the Football Field to the Art Gallery
written by Sandra Neil Wallace
illustrated by Bryan Collier

Girl Running: Bobbi Gibb and the Boston Marathon
Girl Running: Bobbi Gibb and the Boston Marathon
written by Annette Bay Pimental
illustrated by Micha Archer

Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World
Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World
written by Susan Hood
illustrated by 13 amazing female illustrators

Water Land: Land and Water Forms Around the World
Water Land: Land Water Forms Around the World
by Christy Hale

Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams
Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams
written by Lesa Cline-Ransome
illustrated by James Ransome

Terrific Tongues!
Terrific Tongues
written by Maria Gianferrari
illustrated by Jia Liu


There are some books that I have not had enough time with or they haven't been published yet.  Here are some books I'll be looking forward to reading:

Thomas Paine and the Dangerous Word
Thomas Paine and the Dangerous Word
written by Sarah Jane Marsh
illustrated by Ed Fotheringham

Two Truths and a Lie: Histories and Mysteries
Two Truths and a Lie: Histories and Mysteries
written by Laurie Thompson and Ammi-Joan Paquette

What Do You Do with a Voice Like That?: The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan
What Do You Do With a Voice Like That? The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan
written by Chris Barton
illustrated by Ekua Holmes

If Polar Bears Disappeared
If Polar Bears Disappeared
by Lily Williams

First Generation: 36 Trailblazing Immigrants and Refugees Who Make America Great
First Generation: 36 Trailblazing Immigrants and Refugees Who Make America Great
written by Sandra Neil Wallace and Rich Wallace
illustrated by Agata Nowicka

Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes, and Stinkers: Celebrating Animal Underdogs
Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes, and Stinkers: Celebrating Animal Underdogs
written by Melissa Stewart
illustrated by Stephanie Laberis

Nothing Stopped Sophie: The Story of Unshakable Mathematician Sophie Germain
Nothing Stopped Sophie: The Story of Unshakable Mathematician Sophie Germain
written by Cheryl Bardoe
illustrated by Barbara McClintock

Otis and Will Discover the Deep: The Record-Setting Dive of the Bathysphere
Otis and Will Discover the Deep: The Record-Setting Dive of the Bathysphere
written by Barb Rosenstock
illustrated by Katherine Roy


And I'm wondering if this one could possibly get Sibert love.... (kind of like Brown Girl Dreaming????)

Hey, Kiddo
Hey. Kiddo
by Jarrett J. Krosoczka


Thinking about doing other Mocks?
Here's my 2019 Mock Geisel.... so far post.
Here's my 2019 Mock Caldecott... so far post.

Don't forget to add any titles I may be missing in the comments!  Happy nonfiction reading!

Monday, July 9, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 7.09.18

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

Don't miss these July sequels/follow-ups.  They are perfect for readers who are becoming more independent with their chapter book reading.

Do you know what you're reading in July?  Don't miss these July releases!

Picture Books

Mixed: A Colorful Story
Mixed
by Arree Chung
This is a picture book that you can use for a wide range of ages because every age will get something different out of it.  Younger kids will see the mixing of colors and how it's great to get different colors.  Older readers will see the theme of how we all have our unique qualities and when we join together we really can create something wonderful and different.

Sugar and Snails
Sugar and Snails
written by Sarah Tsiang
illustrated by Sonja Wimmer
An important book to read to show the importance of gender breaking norms.  This book takes a look at the old saying of what "boys and girls are made of" and showing we no longer should compare genders to any singular conformity.

Mom, Dad, Our Books, and Me
Mom, Dad, Our Books, and Me
written by Danielle Marcotte
illustrated by Josée Bisaillon
Add this to your beginning of the year reads - I like this because it talks about the love of reading and it also talks about all the different ways you can read, it's not just pages in a book.

Faithful Elephants: A True Story of Animals, People, and War
Faithful Elephants: A True Story of Animals, People and War
translated by Tomoko Tsuchiya Dykes
illustrated by Ted Lewin
Thanks to my Twitter friends I found this story.  Absolutely heartbreaking, but after reading it and having a conversation, I think it would be interesting to hear the thoughts.  
A story of how zookeepers had to put down the animals in a Tokyo zoo during the bombings in WWII.  

Perfectly Norman
Perfectly Norman
by Tom Percival
I am so glad Kristen Picone told me about this book - love it!  Norman is perfectly normal until... he grows wings.  As much fun as they give him, he knows this is not normal.  So he hides them with his coat, but that just makes him miserable.  He's worried his friends and family won't accept him anymore.  
Wonderful book to use to talk about what we perceive as "normal".   I think this picture book is a good ladder to Wings by Christopher Myers.

Middle Grade

City of Islands
City of Islands
by Kali Wallace
Share this book with kids who enjoy reading books where the author has carefully crafted new and different worlds.  
Mara lives in a place that is made up of different islands and mages control the different areas.  Having knowledge of magic is special, and as always, it can be used in dangerous and wrong ways.
Because of the world building and many characters, I think students in the upper middle grade range will enjoy this story the most.

Young Adult

Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)
Graceling
by Kristin Cashore
This was my May #mustreadin2018 book... you can see I'm running just a bit behind!  Still working on my list.
I know many of you loved this book.  It took me a really long time to fall into it.  I enjoyed it, but wouldn't say loved it.  I do feel compelled to read the next two books.  I'm guessing they will be on my #mustreadin2019 list!

Adult

The Lost Family
The Lost Family
by Jenna Blum
I don't read many adult titles anymore.  I have found them to be long and tedious.  I feel like they throw in more plot twists than necessary or have extra long descriptions just for the sake of making a longer book.  But I still like to read a couple each year, especially ones I know I might enjoy.
I picked this one because it focuses around some of my favorite decades to read about - WWII and after.  I find this time period fascinating and Blum does it very well.  Definitely an adult read, but it was one that I didn't tire of.


I'm not sure what I'm going to read next!  I have so much to choose from, I may need to close my eyes and just choose!