It's Monday! What are you reading? was started by Sheila at Book Journey and was adapted for children's books from picture 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.
Last Weeks' Posts
- #nf10for10: 10 Diverse Artists' Picture Books My contribution to this year's nonfiction 10 for 10 is a collection of picture book biographies featuring diverse artists (and diverse art)
- Announcing the Cybils Award for Fiction Picture Book ... I was delighted to serve this year on the Round 2 Cybils Committee that chose the winner of this award.
- Book Club Discussion Jobs. An overview of the jobs or roles that I have students use during Book Club Discussion groups.
- If You Like Harry Potter 7 ... My students are sharing book recommendations, following the "If you like ... read this next ..." format.
- February Kid Lit Blog Hop Stop by to check out these amazing links or leave your own kid-lit related post.
Swap! (2/9/2016) by Steve Light. A few weeks ago, I received a curious envelope containing a bright red button and the suggestion to try and swap that button for the greatest haul. My students and I enjoyed studying the cover art and speculating about the book. This charming, near-wordless tale, shows how a little ingenuity - and some clever swaps - can help out a friend.
Imaginary Fred (2015) by Eoin Colfer and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. This interesting take on the imaginary-friend-picture-book focuses on the imaginary friend, Fred, and his fervent desire to not be forgotten and separated from the human friends he keeps making. This one has some cute twists and humor that will appeal to kids. (Another to add to my growing list of Fun Picture Books about Imaginary Friends.)
This is one of several books I am catching up on to be prepared for the upcoming March Book Madness - who, helpfully, made the list of picture books available earlier, so I hope to have all of them in my classroom for the big launch on March 1st.
Robo-Sauce (2015) by Adam Rubin and illustrated by Daniel Salmieri. This one is a concept book, which I think kids will find really appealing, but I'm not sure about the lasting appeal beyond the concept. Kids like robots and robot-induced destruction, so we shall see what my students think.
Fridays with the Wizards (2/16/2016) by Jessica Day George. This is the fourth book in the Castle Glower series (which begins with Tuesdays at the Castle) and one of my new favorites. Unlike some of the middle books, the story is decently self-contained within the one book, and there are plenty of clues for savvy readers to follow as the mysteries grow. When I lent this book first to one of my previous students who had introduced me to the series, the squeals and whoops were audible all down the hallway, so I had to snag this one quickly to get it back circulating to its ever-growing hold list.