It's Monday! What are you reading? was started by Sheila at Book Journey and was adapted for children's books from pictures books through YA by Jen of Teacher Mentor Texts and Kellee of Unleashing Readers. You can visit either site for a round up of blogs sharing their weekly readings and thoughts or search Twitter for #IMWAYR.
Other Posts this Week
This week I shared Part 3 of my Classroom Library Series: Labeling and Tracking the Classroom Library. This post focuses on the small details that make a big difference - labeling your books (inside and out) and how to keep track of your growing collection.
I received several questions about how I created the interactive "Where Are We Reading Map?" (above) so I put together a how-to post that explains exactly how to create, save, share, and embed custom Google maps. Can't wait to hear how you use them!
This week I shared Part 2 in my new series Around the World in a Single Book: cultures around the world. This series presents some of my favorite nonfiction resources for studying world cultures. Part 1 focused on books exclusively about children around the world. Part 2 looks at cultures around the world, and Part 3 will examine specific aspects of culture, including books about languages and schools around the world.
Going Places by Peter and Paul Reynolds. Finally got this one - will definitely be sharing with my students. So many great points to discuss about creativity, working together, and celebrating the accomplishments of others. Love it! (H/T #PB10for10 multiple folks.)
Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children by Jan Pinborough and illustrated by Debby Atwell. I really enjoyed this introduction to Anne Carroll Moore and her work to establish room for children in public libraries. I think students will be surprised to learn about how much libraries have changed since then, and this book might also help kids better value their own libraries and library access. I also appreciated the detailed historical information, biography, and bibliography that accompany the book. (H/T Holly at Reading, Teaching, Learning.)
Sequoyah and His Talking Leaves is a new play aimed at middle grade readers. I had a few questions about the history, as presented in this version. You can read my critical review here.
Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord. This is the charming story of 12 year-old Lucy's move to New Hampshire and her struggle to make a good impression with her new neighbors and with her famous photographer father. Lucy discovers the power of photography (both positive and negative) through her images, the moments that she captures, and the reactions they evoke. This story also treads lightly on important issues like friendship, environmentalism, and early onset dementia. A lovely book. (Aside: but as an avid photographer myself, it drives me nuts that they went with such an unrealistic looking, over-processed image for the cover. Why not use an out-of-camera photograph?)
Nest by Esther Erhlich (ARC provided by Net Galley, publication date Sept. 9, 2014). Young adult is not always on my radar, as a third grade teacher, but I had the opportunity to review Nest in advance and would not be surprised if it appears in some Newbery conversations.
Nest is the lovely but heart-rending story of eleven-year-old Chirp (neé Naomi), an avid bird watcher who lives on Cape Cod in the 1970s. Chirp struggles to deal with her changing family situation as medical issues begin to arise with her mother. She is an engaging and plucky character, and you as the reader are immediately drawn in to her world and unique point-of-view on all of these outside events. Recommended for middle school and up (some tough scenes and hints at adult content).