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
Use these biographies on strong, American women for a variety of mentor text lessons! Check them out here.
So many of you are participating in the SoL March Challenge. Many of your classrooms are too. Do you talk to your students about having a writer's life? Use these books to help make your point!
Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color by Julia Denos
I loved the illustrations in this book! The contrast of Swatch - the girl who could tame colors - in her black and white and the vibrant colors in the book. This one is going on my long list for 2017 Mock Caldecott.
This book would be fun to use for theme too - what freedom means, is it ok to keep things locked up - and lessons learned.
Chuck and Woodchuck by Cece Bell
Cute story about friendship. Two friends need a little nudge in their friendship.
Sometimes we all need a Woodchuck in our lives to help us make friends!
When Green Becomes Tomatoes by Julie Fogliano
This is my new favorite poetry collection. I love the poems. I could pour over the illustrations for days. Julie Morstad is absolutely one of my favorite illustrators.
The collection is divided into seasons. I think the summer poems are my favorite, but there are some real truths in many of the poems!
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Oh, I loved this one! A bit predictable, but I thought it still had something more than most dystopian/special powers books I've read lately. I really liked the main character, Mare, and even though she is clearly in a battle with herself over a boy, it wasn't over the top and too romantic. The conflict between classes was an interesting one. I'm looking forward to reading #2!
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
I bought this book when it first came out and like so many others, it got put to the side. So many books... you know the story. But my brother asked to borrow it so I figured I should read it. Glad I'm finally getting to it! The nice thing is I have the second one waiting and then only a couple of months before the third one comes out. I like that waiting period!
It's Spring Break, so I should have lots of time to read, right? Nope. Looking at my schedule and trying to figure out where I'm going to find time. Why do we always fill every available time with things to do? Here's to reading!