Monday, January 11, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 1/11/16

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

  • What Is Poetry? Sharing a few of my students' thoughts on the opening freewrite to launch our poetry unit.

Picture Books

The Elephant in the Dark (2015) by Mina Javaherbin and illustrated by Eugene Yelchin. This retelling of the classic tale by Rumi features a whole village full of people who try to explain the concept of an elephant after each encountering only one part. This story is well-told and humorous, and the illustrations help get the misunderstandings across. A great book for talking to kids about misunderstandings or grasping only "part" of an issue or idea.

This week I also re-read many of the current Caldecott contenders with my students. You can see my reviews of them on our Mock Caldecott Ballot post.

Happy reading!


  1. A fun reimagining of a classic story, thank you for sharing!

  2. You all did such a great job on the mock Caldecott! :)

    Happy reading this week!

  3. I didn't know about this title, Katie. Really looking forward to finding this book in our library.


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