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
With the end of the year comes end of the year voting - Cybils and Nerdy Book Club awards! If you're looking for some new inspiration for early readers, try these books!
I finish up the October "What's in my Nonfiction Pile?" series with a roundup of biographies.
This is a must-add to your MG library - Greetings From Witness Protection!
A great book to use when talking about facing your fears - Willy and the Cloud
Peep and Egg: I'm Not Taking a Bath
written by Laura Gehl
illustrated by Joyce Wan
Oh how I love these characters! This is another great read aloud, I had second graders lined up to take this series home!
How to Make Friends With a Ghost
by Rebecca Green
Perfect book for a fall read aloud! And if you want a catchy tune to go along with it, don't miss Emily Arrow's video!
Sam and Eva
by Debbie Ridpath Ohi
This is my favorite Debbie Ohi so far! So much to look at as you read this silly story about drawings that go a little too far!
by Thyra Heder
Heder's stories always surprise me. You think you know where the story line is going... in this one we learn about perspective and thinking of others.
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut
written by Derrick Barnes
illustrated by Gordon C. James
Beautiful beautiful book. I would love to hear this one narrated by the author. Important #ownvoices book and one you'll want in your library. Don't miss the author's note at the end and I also recommend reading his Goodreads bio.
written by Michael Leannah
illustrated by Jennifer E. Morris
So this is a book I will read every school year here on out. It's a book about most people but it's one that everyone needs to hear. I
My Awesome Summer by P. Mantis
by Paul Meisel
I classified this one as informational because it is full of fascinating (and weird and amazing and gross) facts about the praying mantis. However, it is told by a praying mantis, so not sure if that negates the nonfiction part. (this post that Melissa Stewart pointed out to me is still swirling around in my brain) I love the use of the end pages to place facts that do come up throughout the story (which means you'll miss some if you get a library copy like I did). This humorous story almost made me like the praying mantis. Maybe!
Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters
written by Michael Mahin
illustrated by Evan Turk
Wow, what a fantastic biography. The words spoke to my heart - they were soulful and moving. I think the artwork is some of Evan Turk's finest. Definitely a Caldecott contender.
Revenge of the Christmas Angels and Revenge of the Happy Campers
by Jennifer Ziegler
These are the second and third books in the Brewster Triplets series and I'm so happy I got to spend more time with them. What I love about Dawn, Delaney and Darby is they are unexpectedly different - they each have their own characteristics, but they have similar interests in... democracy! presidents! history! These girls know what they want and they go after it. Great role models for kids today. If you aren't familiar with this series, change that now.
The Many Reflections of Miss Jane Deming
by J. Anderson Coats
Had to skip on some reading to continue with my NCTE panelists books, but it's ok. I'll get to them at the end of November. No stress with books, right?