Thanks to Jen and Kellee at Teach Mentor Texts for hosting the meme “It’s Monday! What are you reading? From Picture Books to YA”. Check out Jen and Kellee’s site to join in, or see what other’s are reading through their posted links.
The sun is FINALLY out in Seattle, so lots of cheers for reading outside. I crafted many a shaded reading area this last week for me or the girls either on the deck or at the park. I’m plugging away on my Book-A-Day Challenge, though admittedly there’s a lot of picture books in there.
Book-A-Day Challenge: 72 books
Read to date: 22 books
Below are some highlights from my reading week!
Click on the cover images for the synopsis of each book.
I finished this stack for the Caldecott Challenge . . . more to come on my thoughts from these mostly 1950s books later in the week.
Books for Beginning Readers
The first two books in this series are filled with lots of humor overlaying some genuine tales of friendship. It reminds me in many ways of the Frog and Toad series. I’d describe these books as something beyond the easiest of easy readers. The books have repetitive format sentences that are perfect for emerging readers’ confidence, but also lots of great vocabulary to pull them along as well. Like the Frog and Toad books, the books each contain smaller stories or chapters. (Candlewick Press/2010 and 2012)
A great non-fiction picture book biography on the creative genius behind the Muppets and Sesame Street. Perfectly geared towards younger readers with plenty of interesting facts, but not overwhelming. Nice illustrations accompany the text. (Random House/2011)
Another great example of excellent non-fiction in a picture book format. This shares how one man took chewing gum to the next level. Perfect for Kindergarten – 2nd grade, though older kids will love the story too! Be sure to check out the author’s additional facts section at the back of the book. (Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books/2011)
Middle Grade Novel
This book is great fun. With its tongue-in-cheek campiness and sarcasm laced with familiar characters and storylines from fairy tales, kids will gobble this one up. Lots of laugh out loud moments paired with some nice evolving friendships between very different characters make for a nice balanced read. I’d recommend for 4th graders and up, or perhaps third graders if done as a read aloud. (Walden Pond Press/2012)
Ongoing Reading Adventures:
Next in line:
Do you ever have a craving to re-read a book? This week, I’m pining for an old familiar friend in Charlotte’s Web. After that, I think I’ll pick up The Friendship Doll.
On the Blog this Week
Don’t miss my review and give-away tomorrow of a great new book for toddlers and preschoolers!
What are you reading? Have a great reading week!