Monday, October 3, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 10.03.16

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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

Gertie's Leap to Greatness is an amazing book that celebrates what greatness is.  First stop on the blog tour is here.

I blogged about the importance of author/skype visits with readers.

I read young adult because it's fun, but also so I can talk about with former students.  New realistic fiction YA that I'm talking about here.

Great books to use for US History, American Revolution, US presidency, election history here.

Picture Books

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn
Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak
4/5 stars
Fantastic book to use that slowly shows how summer winds down and autumn comes in.  Beautifully illustrated.  Would be a great book to use in 1st grade that correlates with NGSS.

Penguin Problems
Penguin Problems by Jory John
4/5 stars
Laugh out loud funny.  This book begs to be read aloud.  
A young penguin looks around his day.... and complains and complains and complains.
Can't you just imagine a good voice to use for a complainer???
And then this brilliant walrus comes by and imparts his wise wisdom upon the complaining penguin (I imagine it being said with a wise British accent).
The penguin pauses, reflects for a moment.  And continues to complain.
I think this is a PERFECT book to read to middle schoolers!  Really anyone, but they'll really get the sarcastic humor!

How This Book Was Made
How This Book Was Made by Mac Barnett
4/5 stars
A book for all classrooms because it's a wonderful mentor text.  Use the first part in writer's workshop to go over the writing process, the publishing process and the author-illustrator collaboration.  Use the second half to show how important readers are to a book.

I Am a Story
I Am A Story by Dan Yaccarino
5/5 stars
A beautiful book, a love letter to storytelling.  Its origins, how it grew and changed, how it endures.  Tell your story.  It lasts.

Hooray for Today!
Hooray For Today! by Brian Won
4/5 stars
I love Brian Won's artwork.  The colors in this one are particularly fun.  It's a sweet story, one young readers will really enjoy.

A Hop Is Up
A Hop is Up by Kristy Dempsey
4/5 stars
Wonderful book for young readers.  Inspires movement - and a great look at verbs and directional words!
Was hoping to put this book on Mock Geisel but Kristy is living in Brazil, rats!

Currently Reading

Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan
I made just a bit of progress in this book this week.  I had a bunch of rereads to do for upcoming blog posts and Mock Newbery visits coming up.  What I've read of this book I have loved!  Looking forward to more time with it this week.

Happy reading this week!


  1. How do I not know about Short? Going on my TBR list right away! Can't wait to pick up How This Book was Made.

  2. I'm interested in Short because I was always the smallest in my class, but books about plays tend not to do well in my library. Will have to see.

  3. I just got I Am A Story from the library, and need to also find How This Book Is Made, looks fun. I wonder how similar it is to How To Read A Story? Thanks for sharing Short-new to me & will note it!

  4. So many of these I'm so excited for!! I'm particularly excited for Hooray for Today - Hooray for Hats is such a story time superstar around here, I can't wait to see what I can do with Hooray for Today!!

  5. So many good books on your blog today. We just pre-ordered the audio version of Gertie's Leap to Greatness and will definitely check out Penguin Problems and I am a Story.

  6. Great round-up of books! I ordered nearly all of them from my library! Thanks for always having such great suggestions. Have a great week!

  7. I can't wait to read I AM A STORY. I am absolutely spellbound by that cover!

  8. I am waiting on my copy of I am a Story - and really excited to read it. I'm also excited with the new Holly Goldberg Sloan title - I absolutely adored Counting by 7s.