Monday, May 22, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 5.22.17

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

Readers who are entering the world of chapter books need some additional supports.  Here are some ideas to get them on their way.

Animal books are a must have in libraries - kids love reading about animals and there are so many NGSS standards tied to them.  Here are some newly published titles to check out!

I love the Rip and Red series by Phil Bildner and I know readers are going to love this next one in the series.  Be sure to look for Tournament of Champions on June 6th!

Grand Canyon is an amazing book you need to check out.  It's going to be on Mock Caldecott and Mock Sibert lists, for sure!  It aligns to NGSS and it's a perfect mentor text!

Picture Books

Naptastrophe! by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
4/5 stars
This is such a fun book!  Parents will remember the no-nap/I'm not taking a nap days well!  Young readers will laugh at Lucy the Bunny as she refuses to take a nap and the effects it has on her.  Great book for story time!

Go Sleep in Your Own Bed
Go Sleep in Your Own Bed! by Candace Fleming
5/5 stars
Love this book with it's clever vocabulary, onomatopoeia, and predictable patterns.  Great for a farm unit, a writing mentor text or a fun read aloud!  This one is going in my library.

Dream by Matthew Cordell
5/5 stars
I think Cordell perfectly captures the dreams, hopes, wishes that a parent has for a child, that a teacher has for their students, that we pass on to all loved ones.  Great baby, graduation, I-love-you gift, great end of year read.

Cinnamon by Neil Gaiman
I didn't rate this book because it left me a bit confused.  It seemed like it was based on perhaps a fairy/folk tale, but there was no before or after notes by the author.  If it wasn't, I'm not sure I understood the point of the story.  I get parts of it, but then I don't know how others connected.  Hmmmm.....

Danny McGee Drinks the Sea
Danny McGee Drinks the Sea by Andy Stanton
3/5 stars
A fun, rollicking rhyming story - it started out funny, got a little strange, and then ended in a way I did not see coming!

Goldfish Ghost
Goldfish Ghost by Lemony Snicker
3/5 stars
I have been anxious to read this book.  I'm not sure what I expected, but I guess it wasn't what I read!  I will be interesting in hearing what young readers' reactions to this book.  Although I loved Lisa Brown's illustrations.  I would love to see her recognized by the Caldecott committee at some point!

Puppy, Puppy, Puppy
Puppy, Puppy, Puppy by Julie Sternberg
4/5 stars
Do not underestimate the bond between a young child and their pet.  In the case of this book, a baby and his puppy.  Pet enthusiasts will fall in love with this book and the sweet story of how the puppy and baby stop at nothing to be together throughout the day.

May I Have a Word?
May I Have a Word? by Caron Levis
3/5 stars
Letters "c" and "k" are arguing over their shared sound and who gets to have the best words.  I think this book would be a fun read aloud for kids who are learning about the "ck" rule (goes at the end of a word or syllable touching a short vowel).  Youngsters who are learning their sounds will enjoy the silliness of the story, too!

Informational Texts

Marching with Aunt Susan: Susan B. Anthony and the Fight for Women's Suffrage
Marching With Aunt Susan by Claire Rudolf Murphy
4/5 stars
Narrative informational text, tells the story of young Bessie who is coming of age during the suffrage movement in California.  The narrative format will appeal to young readers since it reads like a story.  Great author's notes, sources and end pages that show some primary resources.

Middle Grade

The Door in the Alley (The Explorers, #1)
The Explorers: The Door in the Alley by Adrienne Kress
4/5 stars
I am so excited to tell you about this book.  It's the first book in a series and I think 3rd-6th graders are going to really enjoy it.  It has adventure, suspense, and mystery.  The blog tour stops at my blog today, be sure to check it out here.

Currently Reading

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
I'm more than halfway through now and I am constantly reminded why I fell in love with this series.

Three Pennies
Three Pennies by Melanie Crowder
I've heard Newbery buzz over this one so I'm interested in checking it out.

Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally)
Bobby vs Girls (Accidentally) by Lisa Yee
This looks like a fun one for the kids I work with!  And it's illustrated by Dan Santat :)

Is your summer reading TBR list exploding?  Mine is!  Looking forward to some time to read.


  1. The Door in the Alley is on my tbr list. Yes, my list IS exploding! Naptastrophe sounds like a cute read.

  2. I loved A Whole New Ballgame. Rip and Red are wonderful characters. I can't believe your will power on COWAR.

  3. My granddaughters are past getting into the parents' bed, but Go Sleep In Your Own Bed sounds perfect. Thanks for sharing all of these, Michele. I've put Three Pennies on the list!

  4. I wasn't really sure what I thought of Goldfish Ghost either--to the point where I didn't even write about it in my Monday post. I'm going to have to do a reread. But I did really like Lisa Brown's illustrations!

  5. This is the second time I've seen Puppy Puppy Puppy in posts today, it just further cements my need to get my hands on a copy! And Naptastrophe looks just delightful!

  6. Can't wait to get ahold of Grand Canyon. I read two Jason Chin titles this week! Kids loved them.

  7. I have Puppy, Puppy, Puppy on my list this week, too. It's such a cute book! I'll definitely have to check out the other titles on your list. Good thing there's only 7 days left of school! Have a great week!

  8. Huge fan of Matthew Cordell, so I can't wait to read Dream.

    Three Pennies is next on my to-read list :)