This is the first year I've really tracked my reading and blogged about it. Apparently around the holidays is a time that I've had trouble keeping up with my reading life!
Here are the very few books I've read in the past two weeks. I'm really looking forward to holiday #bookaday and getting my reading life back!
Shooting at the Stars by John Hendrix
This is such a beautiful book. It's a great mentor text for historical fiction and it's a great text to use, really at any time during the year, to talk about peace. I didn't have time to use this book this year with students before it needed to go back to the library, but it's one I would like to purchase. I'm interested in hearing the conversations kids would have!
Blue on Blue by Dianne White
This really is a beautiful book. The illustrations are done by Caldecott artist, Beth Krommes, and they are spectacular. I loved the colors and the detail that went into some of the layouts. The text is simple, but I think young children will enjoy the simplicity and descriptions of a stormy day. Another one on the to-be-purchased list!
Who Is George Lucas? by Pamela Pollack
I really like this series for beginning biographies. I think this one in particular will be a good one to have on hand with the new Star Wars coming out!
Transitional Chapter Books
Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny by John Himmelman
I had seen some great reviews of this book, just never picked it up. But when it showed up on John Schu's and Travis Jonker's Best of 2014 list HERE I knew I needed to check it out. I didn't realize it was a chapter book. As I flipped through the pages, I got more and more excited. Each chapter is a little story. That means young readers don't have to carry the story all the way through. Perfect for those very young kids. The font is larger and there is a picture on most page. Again, makes it perfect for those young chapter book readers. Or, in my case, perfect for my reading students who want a chapter book, but aren't quite ready for the more difficult vocabulary. This book is a perfect find for me!
Bigger Than a Bread Box by Laurel Snyder
So glad to finally get to this book, and it was on my #MustReadin2014 list (oh my, that's almost over!!! Carrie, is it time to start thinking of 2015??? And updating, oh my!)
I think it's so important for kids to see themselves in books, and while many characters come from a divorced family, there aren't as many that are going through divorces. And what every kid wants, regardless of what they are going though, are wishes. It's a magical book that can combine both.
I Survived the Great Chicago Fire by Lauren Tarshis
It was interesting reading this book, since I grew up in the Chicago suburbs! I've read many accounts, but most are factual and boring. I think kids in my area will like having this historical fiction book to read.
Santa Clauses by Bob Raczka
My daughter and I continue to read 1 haiku each day. It's been a great way to countdown to Christmas! And I've really enjoyed the haikus!
The Runaway King by Jennifer Nielson
I loved reading The False Prince this summer and I'm so glad to get back to Sage! I have Jennifer Nielson's newest book and I'm looking forward to getting into that one too!
My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins
This would be a perfect gift for a YA-lover!
Hope you have a great holiday and have plenty of time for #bookaday!