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 see what other’s are reading through their posted links. You can also find posts from folks using the hashtag #IMWAYR on Twitter.
More Seattle sunshine and more camping for us this last week, as we try to squeeze in those last few summer adventures before school starts next week. I was able to get in some great picture books, finish a fun novel for middle graders, and make good progress with a Newbery book. I’m on track to finish my Book-A-Day challenge by next Tuesday, with a lot of thanks to my picture book reading. 🙂
Book-A-Day Challenge: 72 books
Read to date: 68 books
Days into the challenge: 63 days
Click on the cover images for the synopsis of each book.
Picture books I really enjoyed last week . . .
This really is a fantastic imaginative non-fiction book. It is beautifully illustrated with fun rhyming text that is also informative about all the ways that leaves are useful. When you add the author’s terrific explanations and glossary it would make a great addition to a primary classroom’s plant study unit. (2012)
The ever pessimistic rat and always optimistic rabbit make for a fun pair. A great one for kids to practice drawing inferences from the illustrations, as the text for most pages is limited to “Good news” and “Bad news”. Also great for modeling how we react when things go a miss. Great cartoonish-style illustrations. (2012)
Fun to read tale of two robots trying to out-do each other with their costume additions. Lots of fun details to check out on the end papers, too. Perfect for preschool-primary grades. (2012)
Other picture books I read:
Funny book for the middle grades:
Crazy good fun for kids happy to suspend disbelieve as the plot is wildly outrageous. The bad guy is actually a kid with a devious plan to take over the country sporting, of course, a fake mustache. My usual Angleberger-loving third grader couldn’t get into this one, but I found it had lots of laugh out loud moments that many kids will enjoy. (2012)
This week’s Reading Adventures:
1933 Newbery medal winner. I’m close to finishing . . . really.
I started this one with Tall and she’s loving it, which doesn’t always happen with books I suggest. At her request, we’re finding stolen moments to read it, including her PT exercise time! (2012)
Finishing on audio . . .
I adored the Famous Five books as a kid, and was so excited to find this one on the audiobook shelf at the library for our latest weekend camping road trip drive. The narrator does an awesome job with all the voices and my girls are loving the suspense about the mysterious flashing lights at the signal house. We’ll try to wrap this up this week. (1953)
Upcoming . . .
Dobry is technically the next book I need to read in the Newbery Challenge, but it looks like my library will have to get this one for me via inter-library loan. So in the meantime, I’ll pick up Caddie Woodlawn, the 1936 Newbery winner.
This week I’ll also get to pile of Caldecott picture books from award year 1955.
What are you reading? Have a great reading week!