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 Teach 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.
In December I coordinated a "Favorite Books Survey" among the first through sixth grade students at my school. The kids also went home and surveys parents, siblings, and friends about favorite books. I am working on a series of compilation posts for each grade level, and this week I published the Top 10 Favorite Books of Second Graders. You can also read the previous published overall Top 20 Favorite Children's Books results and Top 10 Favorite Books of First Graders. Did your favorites make our list?
Violet and Victor Write the Best-Ever Bookworm Book (2014) by Alice Kuipers and illustrated by Bethanie Deeney Murguia. This endearing little book-within-a-book has Violet and Victor working back-and-forth to create their best-ever story. Some great lessons on cooperation and collaboration that could lead to some potential discussions with students about how to work and succeed together.
The Book With No Pictures (2014) by B. J. Novak. I know that this is a book that my students will love, as it appeals to their love of absurd humor and silly phrases. Despite living up to its picture-less title, I think there is much to enjoy about this book when shared. I am looking forward to seeing my students' reactions.
The Turtle of Oman (2014) by Naomi Shihab Nye. I was really excited about this book, as I love Naomi Shihab Nye's writing and was excited for a new book featuring a fairly-unknown Middle Eastern country. There were many parts about this book that I loved, but as a reader, I felt a bit unfulfilled.
The main premise of the book is that Aref and his family are leaving Oman and moving to Michigan for three years, however the entire book only covers the process of packing up and preparing to leave, not the actual move itself. I got so antsy waiting to find out what he would think upon arrival, that I felt like the book was really dragging. I think if I were sharing this book with a student, I would warn them that it is all about leaving, not the arrival.
Challenges and #NerdlutionAlso, if you missed it, this week I shared about the two reading challenges that I am participating in this year, as well as my first two #nerdlution goals! You can read about them here.