Monday, April 7, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 4.07.14

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.


Water Can Be . . .
Water Can Be... by Laura Purdie Salas
5/5 stars
There will be more on this fantastic book in an upcoming Wednesday post, but I had to share it today, as well.  Great book for April - springtime, Earth Day, poetry month!  This book is not to be missed!  And don't miss this great Nerdy Book Club post from the author - I love getting the background information about a book, how it's put together and what the book means to the author!

A Leaf Can Be... (Millbrook Picture Books)
A Leaf Can Be... by Laura Purdie Salas
4/5 stars
I think I love the blues in the water book more, but another spot on poetry book that inspires from Salas!

Please Bury Me in the Library
Please Bury Me in the Library by J. Patrick Lewis
4/5 stars

Picture Books

Princess Sparkle-Heart Gets a Makeover
Princess Sparkle-Heart Gets a Makeover by Josh Schneider
3/5 stars
Cute story about a jealous dog and a doll that gets a new makeover!

Enemy Pie
Enemy Pie by Derek Munson
Great for a friendship unit!

The Sandwich Swap
The Sandwich Swap by Rania Al-Abdulllah
Another good friendship unit book.  Or maybe one for not judging other people's food!

Alice from Dallas
Alice From Dallas by Marilyn Sadler
4/5 stars
I adore books that encourage me to use a southern accent when reading it!

The Pigeon Needs a Bath!
The Pigeon Needs a Bath by Mo Willems
5/5 stars
Mo is back at it, and I feel this Pigeon version gets even better than the last couple.  I think this story will resonate so well with young readers because everyone has not wanted a bath at some point or another!

The Short Giraffe
The Short Giraffe by Neil Flory
3/5 stars
Cute story about a giraffe that doesn't have quite the same stature as the other giraffe's!  Good for problem/solution

Informational Texts

Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman
Wilma Unlimited by Kathleen Krull
5/5 stars
Fantastic beginning biography of a truly inspirational woman!

2007 Geisel Award winners

Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride (Mercy Watson #2)
Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride by Kate DiCamillo
5/5 stars

Not a Box
Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
5/5 stars

Move Over, Rover!
Move Over, Rover! by Karen Beaumont
5/5 stars

The Runaways (Zelda and Ivy #4)
Zelda and Ivy - The Runaways by Laura McGee Kvasnosky (2007 Award winner)
4/5 stars

Middle Grade

Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin
Rump by Liesl Shurtliff
5/5 stars
I love fairy tales.  I really really love the show Once Upon a Time on ABC, especially the Rumple character, so this book was right up my alley!  Shurtliff does an amazing job telling the story from his point of view and she asks, what if Rump isn't the bad guy?  Great story for middle grade readers!
We were so lucky to meet Liesl Shurliff today.  It was my daughter's first meeting an author moment!  Very exciting!

Starting this week/Continuing to Read

Tempting Fate
Tempting Fate by Jane Green
I'm starting another adult book!  Yea!  I think it's important to take a step back every now and then and read books that are just for us.  Yes, this one is pure chick lit, but they are fun to read!

Rethinking Intervention: Supporting Struggling Readers and Writers in Grades 3-6 Classrooms
Rethinking Intervention
I really wanted to be done with this, but I barely cracked the spine this week!  We'll try again!

Sky Raiders (Five Kingdoms, #1)
Sky Raiders
We're almost done listening to this one!  It's good so far!


  1. Wow, so many great books, here, Michele. I love the look of that Move Over, Rover, and am happy you liked Rump and Laura's books-real treasures! I've used Enemy Pie more than once with students-good lessons there. Thank you!

  2. I loved Enemy Pie! And Wilma Unlimited is one of my favorite PB bios I've read this year. I need to get to the library and stock up on Geisels! I really want to use that challenge to fill in any missing titles, and I've never so much as laid eyes on Move Over Rover. I haven't liked the last couple of Pigeon titles very much, so I'm glad to hear that the new one delivers what I've come to expect from Willems.

  3. The Short Giraffe looks really cute. I'm going to have to check that one out. :)

  4. Love Not a Box, Wilma Unlimited, and Rump--great reads.
    So jealous of the new pigeon book. I love Mo Willems. I need to get it!

    Happy reading this week! :)

  5. Loved the picture you shared on twitter of your daughter meeting Liesl Shurtliff! Rump is such a great read. Some wonderful picture books - Enemy Pie is a favourite of mine. In fact, I think I will read it aloud to my students soon.

  6. You read some amazing books this week! I definitely need to read Water Can Be... and Please Bury Me in the Library. :-) Rump is fantastic!! So is Liesl Shurtliff!

  7. Please Bury Me in the Library---what a FANTASTIC title! Thank you for sharing all of these great books with us. I haven't read any of them, so it was great to read your thoughts! Have a great week!

  8. I'm looking forward to getting both of the Laurie Purdie Salas books you've included, and who doesn't love Mo Willems? The Sandwich Swap looks good, too. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Hi there Michele. I know what you mean about the TV Show Once Upon a Time and the character of Rumple - that's one of our favorite series too at home! We have yet to begin Once Upon a Time in Wonderland - it looks great as well. I hope I can find Rump and read it soon. I featured Wilma Unlimited last week and absolutely adored it. Looks like you're making so much progress with the Geisel Award Winners! Have fun reading even more titles! :)

  10. Just saw this--thanks so much for sharing Leaf Can Be... and Water Can Be... I'm glad you liked them! And thank you for sharing the Nerdy Book Club link, too. Now I have to go add some titles off your list to my to-read shelf:>)