Friday, August 10, 2018

Picture Book 10 for 10 - 8.10.18



Thank you Cathy Mere at Reflect & Refine and Mandy Robek at Enjoy and Embrace Learning for organizing this day. Stop by the Google Community to see even more ideas, or look for the hashtag #pb10for10.

Cultivating mentor texts is something we've been working on for awhile.  And while we look at curriculum units and plan for engaging and connected lessons, we've also learned we have to have texts that look at the whole child.  Meaning while curriculum learning is important, so is social emotional learning.  Here are 10 texts that you can pull out to encourage students to approach the social part of their learning.

Feeling like you belong and learning it's ok to be different:

Where Oliver Fits
Where Oliver Fits
by Cale Atkinson

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

Albie Newton
Albie Newton
written by Josh Funk
illustrated by Ester Garay


Kindness:

Be Kind
Be Kind
written by Pat Zietlow Miller
illustrated by Jen Hill

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

I Walk with Vanessa: A Story about a Simple Act of Kindness
I Walk With Vanessa
by Kerascoët


Feeling of anxiety:

Ruby’s Worry
Ruby's Worry
by Tom Percival


Jealousy:

Neck & Neck
Neck & Neck
by Elise Parsley


Reacting to emotion:

The Rabbit Listened
The Rabbit Listened
by Cori Doerrfeld


Sadness:

I'm Sad (I'm Bored, #2)
I'm Sad
written by Michael Ian Black
illustrated by Debbi Ohi


Looking for more lists?  Be sure to search the hashtag #pb10for10 - your picture book ideas will overflow!

Here are some past lists:

books that show a new perspective
books to use at the start of the year
books to use for quick writes
books to celebrate a readerly life (and some other great reads!)

Off to go find some picture books myself!




Thursday, August 9, 2018

#road2reading Challenge - new early readers 8.09.18


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 independent reading journey.
Join in the conversation at #road2reading.


I'm always so glad to find books for those readers who are just starting their independent reading.  However, finding those books and making sure they are engaging, have illustrations that support the reader, sentences that you want to read that still contain easily decodable words and sight words, lovable characters.... well, now it gets tricky.
Here are two series that have all of that and more!  One is a republication and the other is a new series by a Geisel Honor winning author!



A Birthday for Cow!     The Doghouse     What Will Fat Cat Sit On?
A Birthday for Cow
The Doghouse
What Will Fat Cat Sit On?
by Jan Thomas
published by HMH

I am so glad HMH is republishing this series, I'm assuming due to the popularity of the Giggle Gang series.  Getting a new size (again, similar to the Giggle Gang books) this book will appeal to the same readers.  Featuring a cast of characters they're already familiar with from Jan Thomas' other books, each book features a humorous situation where the solution is usually apparent to the readers but not the characters.  Be sure to take a look at this series for your early readers.


Mr. Monkey Bakes a Cake by Jeff Mack     Mr. Monkey Visits a School
Mr. Monkey Bakes a Cake
Mr. Monkey Visits a School
by Jeff Mack
published by Simon and Schuster

Oh, I am loving this new series.  It's funny, it has a definite plot line with multiple issues, and it has a very lovable and funny character.  Things that made kids love Elephant and Piggie - the goofy situations, the over the top humorous facial expressions, the happy-yet-somewhat-surprising endings - are all seen in this series.  I can't wait to book talk this one!
If you want to know more about it, check out Alyson's post here.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday - biographies, the Arts! 8.08.18

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.


I have had a staggering amount of picture books pile up.  Fiction, nonfiction, just so many to read!  For the next few weeks I am featuring the large amount of picture book biographies I am reading!  Be sure to check back over the next few weeks for lot of new picture book biographies to add to your shelves.

Here are biographies featuring people who have made a difference in the ARTS:

Walt's Imagination by Doreen Rappaport
Walt's Imagination: The Life of Walt Disney
written by Doreen Rappaport
illustrated by John Pomeroy

I've always loved this series by Doreen Rappaport and I was thrilled to see she would be focusing on Walt Disney!  I've read quite a bit about his life and found this picture book biography to follow along with much of what I know, and targeted it for a younger audience.  There is so much to cover when you write about Walt Disney's life and in this book, Rappaport chooses to focus on how Walt used his imagination in his many creations - from starting with animated shorts to moving on to full-length features to starting his theme parks.  I really enjoyed how Rappaport includes quotes from Disney throughout the story and does include her sources in the backmatter (which is located on the endpages!).  Many of the illustrations come from actual photographs.  I also really liked reading the illustrator's note which explains his familiarity and connections to the Disney family.  I'm thrilled that someone so connected was able to illustrate this book.  

Irving Berlin, the Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing by Nancy Churnin
Irving Berlin: The Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing
written by Nancy Churnin
illustrated by James Rey Sanchez

I find books like this fascinating because while I've heard of Irving Berlin, I really didn't know much about his life.  I associate Berlin with the song "White Christmas".  What I didn't know is Berlin is responsible for many other hits, shows and even the song "God Bless America".  I enjoyed learning about his history and how, as an immigrant, made an important mark on America.
As a young reader, who is probably completely unaware of the name "Irving Berlin" and probably the majority of his songs, I would use this book to show the positive results of immigration, how hard work can have positive results, and by following your passion can lead to great things.

Pass Go and Collect $200 by Tanya Lee Stone
Pass Go and Collect $200: The Real Story of How Monopoly Was Invented
written by Tanya Lee Stone
illustrated by Steven Salerno

I loved this book!  I have spent many hours playing this game and I think anyone who is familiar with it will enjoy this story.
I found the author's note particularly interesting because as Stone notes, she often writes about women's history stories and she didn't think it was going to be one.  She was very surprised that this actually was a historical story about a woman inventor... one who doesn't get credit for it without some digging!  
Stone details the many changes the game went through to become the game we know now.  Bits and pieces were added by many people, each time making the game more challenging or familiar to the location the change was made.  
Full of details, this is a book that readers may spend days pouring over, whether it's the text or the timeless illustrations by Salerno.  The backmatter includes an author's note, sources, trivia and some math based around the game.


Be sure to check out these biographies!  Like what you see here?  Don't miss the posts in this series!

July 25th:  picture book biographies featuring math/science/engineering connections.
Aug. 1st:  picture book biographies featuring people who impacted our world.

Monday, August 6, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 8.06.18

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

Are you ready for August book releases?  Here's a roundup!

If you work with Kg-3rd grade readers, this series is a MUST - Meet Yasmin!  A review and author interview.

Part 2 of picture book biographies - people who made an impact on the world.


Picture Books

I Love My Purse
I Love My Purse
written by Belle DeMont
illustrated by Sonja Wimmer
A young boy decides enough is enough - he is going to accessorize with his favorite item, a red purse.  And when everyone he meets throughout his day tells him it's not ok to wear a purse and lists all the things a boy should like, he calmly explains he likes what he likes.  Great book to show gender "norms" don't need to be the norm and to be proud of yourself.

My Dog Laughs
My Dog Laughs
by Rachel Isadora
I loved I Hear a Pickle by the same author so I was so excited to see there was another book coming.  Pickle focused on the senses, and this one focuses on dogs!  I bet you already know some readers for this book, maybe even you!
Look for it on Aug. 21st!

Hey, Wall: A Story of Art and Community
Hey, Wall: A Story of Art and Community
written by Susan Verde
illustrated by John Parra
When Jillian Heise pulls you aside at ALA and tells you go get in line for this book, you want it.... well, you listen!
This book is so more complex than I originally thought.  I can't wait to talk about:
- being a game changer
- what does community mean to you?
- how can you inspire change?
- what did the wall mean to you?
- where do you see yourself in the pages of the book?
Make sure you get this on Sept. 4th!

Ruby’s Worry
Ruby's Worry
by Tom Percival
Oooooh, I liked this one!  I already recommended it.  It's a great book to share with kids to let them know it's ok to feel worried and that others feel that way too.  The solution in this book is to talk about your worry.  Definitely relatable for even a pretty young reader.

Poetry

Vivid: Poems & Notes about Color
Vivid: Poems and Notes About Color
by Julie Paschkis
Oh, I loved this poetry book.  Clever poems about colors that will delight young readers.  On the opposite page there is either scientific or historical information about the colors that is really interesting.  And gorgeous and bright illustrations throughout the book.  This is one to add to your poetry collection!

Middle Grade

Louisiana's Way Home
Louisiana's Way Home
by Kate DiCamillo
I liked Raymie Nightingale, but for me it still fell short of Kate's previous works.  But this one seems to be getting back on track.  I think it had more heart.  Many of Kate's characters have a reason to like them - India Opal and her need to fill that missing part of her heart.... Gollie for being so spunky and trying things with her eyes closed....Eugenia and Baby Lincoln for, well, being themselves.  Louisiana because her heart is so open but finding really good people to share it with is hard.  I can't wait to see how this one is received by young readers.
Publishes Oct. 2nd

Naomis Too
Naomis Too
by Olugbemisola Rhuday Perkovich and Audrey Vernick
I read this e-galley thanks to Edelweiss.  I find it very hard to fall into my reading when it is electronic.  However, this one.... this one..... I want to share it with everyone!  This book is so needed right now.  You know how adults can't get it right?  Racial conflicts... asking big, but potentially uncomfortable questions... being part of something new... Oh, the kids in this book!  They get it right!  And it's not easy.  It's uncomfortable.  But they are leading the way.  Preorder this book now.  And then make sure you have it added in to your read aloud rotation.  Publishes Sept. 11th

The Journey of Little Charlie
The Journey of Little Charlie
by Christopher Paul Curtis
This was a really fascinating read.  Mr. Curtis writes it in a dialect that could potentially be difficult for young kids to read.  It's in a deep rooted Southern dialect.  I even found myself having to gloss over words and just get the basic meaning.  If I tried to get each word correct, I think I would still be reading it!  But, it really helps you understand the setting.  
I found it very interesting that Curtis writes from the point of view of a young, white sharecropper.  The situation he writes about is during the time when slaves often escaped to Canada to make sure they had their freedom, yet slave catchers were allowed, and rewarded, for bringing slaves back to owners.  

Currently Reading

The Three Rules of Everyday Magic
The Three Rules of Everyday Magic

by Amanda Rawson Hill
So far I am loving this one!  It's got the feels of one of my all time favorite books - Snicker of Magic!

I will be taking next week off to spend time with family before school starts.  It was such a busy summer, and I'm not sure I got everything done I wanted to, but another school year is waiting!  Hoping to get some reading in to help finalize some Mock Newbery plans!





Friday, August 3, 2018

Spotlight Friday - August releases 8.03.18


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!


Oh August and September.... the book budget absolutely goes out the window in these months.  And so many of these books are necessary purchases....

Picture Books

Allie All Along
Allie All Along
by Sarah Lynne Reul
published by Sterling
Aug. 7th

Loretta's Gift
Loretta's Gift
written by Pat Zietlow Miller
illustrated by
published little bee books
Aug. 14th

The Rough Patch
The Rough Patch
by Brian Lies
published by Greenwillow Books
Aug. 14th

Stop, Go, Yes, No!: A Story of Opposites
Stop, Go, Yes, No
by Mike Twohy
published by Balzer + Bray
Aug. 14th

Adrian Simcox Does Not Have a Horse
Adrian Simcox Does Not Have a Horse
written by Marcy Campbell
illustrated by Corinna Luyken
published by Dial Books
Aug.14th

You and Me
You and Me
written by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
illustrated by Susan Reagan
published by Creative Editions
Aug. 21st

Snow Pony and the Seven Miniature Ponies
Snow Pony and the Seven Miniature Ponies
written by Christian Trimmer
illustrated by Jessie Sima
published by Simon and Schuster
Aug. 21st

The Day You Begin
The Day You Begin
written by Jacqueline Woodson
illustrated by Rafael López
published by Nancy Paulsen Books
Aug. 28th

The Remember Balloons
The Remember Balloons
by Jessie Oliveros
illustrated by Dana Wulfekotte
published by Simon and Schuster
Aug. 28th

Lost in the Library: A Story of Patience & Fortitude
Lost in the Library: A Story of Patience and Fortitude
written by Josh Funk
illustrated by Stevie Lewis
published by Henry Holt
Aug. 28th

A Big Mooncake for Little Star
A Big Mooncake for Little Star
by Grace Lin
published by Little, Brown
Aug. 28th

Nonfiction Picture Books

Unstoppable: How Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team Defeated Army
Unstoppable: How Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team Defeated Army
written by Art Coulson
illustrated by Nick Hardcastle
published by Capstone
Aug. 1st

Undocumented: A Worker's Fight
Undocumented: A Worker's Fight
by Duncan Tonatiuh
published by Abrams
Aug. 7th

Elizabeth Warren: Nevertheless, She Persisted
Elizabeth Warren: Nevertheless She Persisted
written by Susan Wood
illustrated by Sarah Green
published by Abrams
Aug. 7th

Who Eats Orange?
Who Eats Orange?
written by Dianne White
illustrated by Robin Page
published by Beach Lane Book
Aug. 14th

Cute as an Axolotl: Discovering the World's Most Adorable Animals
Cute As An Axolotyl
written by Jess Keating
illustrated by David DeGrand
published by Knopf
Aug. 28th

If Polar Bears Disappeared
If Polar Bears Disappeared
by Lily Williams
published by Roaring Brook Press
Aug. 28th

How to Build a Hug: Temple Grandin and Her Amazing Squeeze Machine
How to Build a Hug: Temple Grandin and Her Amazing Squeeze Machine
by Amy Guglielmo and Jacqueline Toarville
published by Atheneum
Aug. 28th

Transitional Chapter Books

Meet Yasmin!
Meet Yasmin!
written by Saadia Faruqi
illustrated by Hatem Aly
published by Capstone
Aug. 1st

The Princess and the Absolutely Not a Princess (Miranda and Maude #1)
The Princess and the Absolutely Not a Princess
written by Emma Wunsch
illustrated by Jessika Von Innerebner
published by Amulet Books
Aug. 7th

The Football Fiasco (Zach and Zoe Mysteries, The)
Zach and Zoe the Football Fiasco
by Mike Lupica
published by Puffin Books
Aug. 21st

Warren & Dragon 100 Friends     Warren & Dragon Weekend with Chewy
Warren and Dragon:  100 Friends and Weekend With Chewy
written by Ariel Bernstein
illustrated by Mike Malbrough
published by Viking Books
Aug. 28th

The Bad Guys: Episode 7: Do-You-Think-He-Saurus?!
The Bad Guys: Special Edition
by Aaron Blabey
published by Scholastic 
Aug. 28th

Graphic Novels

Illegal
Illegal
by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin
published by Sourcebooks
Aug. 7th

Kristy's Big Day (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #6): Full-Color Edition
Babysitters Club: Kristy's Big Day
by Ann M. Martin/Gale Galligan
published by Scholastic
Aug. 28th

Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas (Dog Man, #5)u
Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas
by Dav Pilkey
published by Scholastic
Aug. 28th

Monster Mayhem
Monster Mayhem
by Christopher Eliopoulos
published by Dial Books
Aug. 28th

Middle Grade

Copyboy
Copyboy
by Vince Vawter
published by Capstone
Aug. 1st

The Dollar Kids
The Dollar Kids
by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
published by Candlewick
Aug. 7th

Echo's Sister
Echo's Sister
by Paul Mosier
published by Harper Collins
Aug. 7th

Mystery in the Mansion (Case Closed #1)
Case Closed: Mystery in the Mansion
by Lauren Magaziner
published by Katherine Tegen Books
Aug. 14th

Finding Langston
Finding Langston
by Lesa Cline-Ransome
published by Holiday House
Aug. 14th

The Phantom Tower
The Phantom Tower
by Keir Graff
published by G.P. Putnam's Sons
Aug. 21st

Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish
Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish
by Pablo Cartaya
published by Viking
Aug. 21st

Harbor Me
Harbor Me
by Jacqueline Woodson
published by Nancy Paulsen Books
Aug. 28th

Elephant Secret
Elephant Secret
by Eric Walters
published by HMH
Aug. 28th

Wonderland
Wonderland
by Barbara O'Connor
published by Farrar Straus Giroux
Aug. 28th

Young Adult

Catwoman: Soulstealer (DC Icons, #3)
Catwoman: Soul Stealer
by Sarah J. Maas
published by Random House
Aug. 7th

That's Not What Happened
That's Not What Happened
by Kody Keplinger
published by Scholastic
Aug. 28th

Seafire (Seafire, #1)
Seafire
by Natalie C. Parker
published by Razorbill
Aug. 28th


Oh my gosh, we have some great reading ahead!  
Did I miss a book?  Be sure to add it in the comments.
All publishing dates checked via Goodreads.  Check with the publishers for any changes.