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 others are reading through their posted links. You can also find posts from folks using the hashtag #IMWAYR on Twitter.
Happy Labor Day! The sun is out here in Seattle for the holiday weekend and the back-to-school supplies and first day outfits are just about complete for school restarting for my daughters on Wednesday. We will officially have a fifth grader and third grader under our roof! This will be the first year in many that I won’t be heavily involved in the PTSA, so stepping back will be a new role for me, but one I’m needing for a while. It will give me some time to reflect on what I want to do when I grow up. In the meantime, I read!
Book-A-Day Challenge: 72 books
Read to date: 79 books
Days into the challenge: 70 days
Click on the cover images for the synopsis of each book.
I enjoyed both these books a lot. A slight nod goes to How Rocket Learned to Read for it’s story as kids will love that. Rocket Writes a Story, however, has its own merits and would be so great to share with primary grade kids about the writing process. I love the expressive illustrations.(2010 and 2012)
The plot felt a little forced, but Dectective (Little Boy) Blue solves a mystery with the help of lots of nursery rhyme characters. Tedd Arnold, of Fly Guy fame, does these illustrations with a great comic book-feel. (2011)
I read this stack of 1955 Caldecott Award year books. Look for my write up later in the week.
Novel for middle grades:
Angleberger has another hit with this third installment in the Origami Yoda series. The origami wisdom continues to spill forth to the BLANK middle school, this time dispensed through a Chewbacca fortune teller animated by Sarah with some help from Han Foldo as translator. Like the previous books tween social problems and worries are told from various viewpoints in a witty manner. My youngest, in third grade, adores the series, though I’m sure some of tween-ishness is over her head. (2012)
Finished on audio . . .
The Famous Five was a favorite series that I enjoyed from my childhood, so this was a fun way to share it with my kids. Here the four British kids and their loyal dog have a fun and mysterious adventure by the sea. The narrator did a great job with the voices for a huge number of characters. (1953)
Finished for The Newbery Challenge:
This was not as painful as I had suspected it would be, but I’m not sure I’d recommend it beyond someone specifically looking to learn more about life in 1920s China. It is the tale of a young apprentice coppersmith who finds him self in all kinds of adventures and mishaps. (1932)
This week’s Reading Adventures:
1936 Newbery Medal
My oldest and I are really enjoying the suspense of this as a read aloud. (2012)
What are you reading? Have a great reading week!