Why is it summer time and I'm having a horrible time staying caught up with my reading? I've been spending a lot of time reading and writing about some professional reading and learning and I guess that is cutting into my time. I've been trying to be very sneaky and get some picture books in when I can to up my #bookaday count!
Beach House by Deanna Caswell
What a perfect summertime read! This book captures a small moment of a family arriving at their beach house and that feeling of getting to a new place but having to be responsible first - unloading and unpacking - before the fun begins. Told in rhyme, the rolling language and beautiful watercolor and pencil illustrations by Amy June Bates, this book is a sure fire hit for summer!
My Dog is the Best by Laurie Ann Thompson
I love this early reader picture book! I think there are some great possibilities for this book that I wrote in this post.
If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't! by Elise Parsley
Super cute school story. Loved the illustrations. I'll be reading this to students at the beginning of the school year.
Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
Katherine Applegate amazed me with Ivan. Her ability to make Ivan say just enough and leave the rest up for the reader to figure out.
She does the same thing with Crenshaw, but with a different voice. This time Jackson is our narrator, a young boy who is faced with problems that are too big for him. Jackson teeters on the line of being too young to understand, but smart enough to figure it out. That's where the magic fits in. Crenshaw, Jackson's invisible friend from years ago, makes a return. And sometimes, magic is what you need.
Beautiful story that echoes the magic found in Beekle by Dan Santat and Yard Sale by Eve Bunting.
This book is a must reread on Sept. 22!
Transitional Chapter Books
Judy Moody and Stink and the Wishbone Wish by Megan McDonald
Thanksgiving is a time for traditions and this book has plenty of them. I love how McDonald stays true to Judy's personality while fitting her into timeless acts of Thanksgiving.
Sure to be a fall favorite. Publishes Sept. 8.
Ranger in Time - Danger in Ancient Rome by Kate Messner
I enjoyed this Ranger story even more than the first one. There was more fast paced action and excitement that will keep students turning the page. I'm really looking forward to book 3 where Ranger helps on the Underground Railroad!
In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
Judy Blume never fails to amaze me with her talent. I loved reading this adult novel - the woman still has it!
It was even more fun reading Kathleen Krull's new book - Women Who Broke the Rules - Judy Blume, after reading this new novel! I wrote about this new series this past Wednesday.
Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead
This is actually my first Stead book, although I have another one in my #mustreadin2015 pile. I'm really enjoying this one, so far.
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
Still reading it. I went from listening to reading it. I listened to 2/3 of it on the way to and from NerdCamp. For me, this book did not work for an audio. I had a very hard time paying attention, I think because there is not a whole lot of dialogue or action. I know there is so much book love for this book and I've read how everyone loves the writing. I'm hoping by switching to reading it, I may fall in love with it more. Right now I'm not all that interested. I really do think audios can make or break a book. Read below!
Finished Listening With My Ears
Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan
I loved reading this book, but listening to it brought it to a whole other level of enjoyment! There were 4 different narrators and there was music. I loved the piano and harmonica accompaniment to the words. My daughter listened with me and loved the stories. I think had she read this book on her own, she would not have been as engaged. She is not one to enjoy historical fiction, and I don't think she would have stayed with the book at this age. But with the music and different storytellers, she always wanted to listen in the car.
For me, this book worked better as an audio than a written text.
I cannot believe it's already the middle of July. I have so many books I want to read before school starts, and so little time. I'm already thinking ahead to Mock Newbery time. We've started a new voxer thread to talk Newbery and I have many books I want to read to prepare for it. Have you thought about Newbery time? Any books you would put on a Newbery list yet? Please leave titles in the comments!