Thanks to Jen at Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee and Ricki at Unleashing Readers for hosting the meme “It’s Monday! What are you reading? From Picture Books to YA”. Head to the It’s Monday post here to link up or see a list of the all the other readers participating in this great meme. You can also follow along on Twitter using the hashtag #IMWAYR!
Where did the time go? September?!? My daughters head back to school tomorrow, with Small heading off to fourth grade and Tall on her way to sixth grade at the middle school. I’ve gotten the go ahead to be The Book Fairy for Small’s classroom again this year. I’m already plotting and planning my first few visits when I book talk using multimedia and then deliver the title to the classroom. If you haven’t heard me gush about Book Fairy, check here and here to see what I did last year in the girls’ classrooms. I won’t embarrass my sixth grader “to death” by coming into her classroom, but I’m hoping to slip a regular copy or two of a newer titles to her Language Arts block teacher during the school year. As I predicted, I didn’t set any reading records with my own reading this week, but I’m just about there in my summer reading goal, and plan to knock out the last title today! Hope the Back-to-School send off is or has been a good one for all of you teachers and students out there!
My Book-A-Day Progress:
Read to date: 74
Head to my 2013 Book-A-Day shelf to see all the titles I’ve read so far this summer!
Click the book covers to go to Goodreads for the full summaries . . .
I read this picture book . . .
I loved this non-fiction title. A casual and informative tone is used to describe the eccentric but lovable mathematician from childhood through his important and collaborative career. This is a great book to bust the myth that mathematicians are all loners. The detail-rich art is such a value-add for this book. Pham gives us a lovely sense of the time and places that Paul lived, but she also fills the pages with mathematical references. Her notes at the back of the book must not be missed. Younger kids will enjoy the quirky character he was but older kids (and adults!) will enjoy the many deeper layers of this great biography. (2013/Roaring Book Press)
Finished these novels for middle grades . . .
This is a favorite title of my oldest, so I’m glad I finally got to it. Aside from Harry Potter series and The Book of Beginning series (Emerald Atlas), she doesn’t tend to like fantasy titles, so I’m happily surprised that she enjoyed this “magical realism genre” title. Leo and Amanda are long-time friends caught up in a magical spell that forces them to relive their eleventh birthdays again and again. Breaking the spell requires them to evaluate some rough spots in their friendship in a whole new light. (2009/Scholastic)
A fun, often wildly absurd tale of two kids as they battle a mysterious group of bad guys trying to kill them while they are on a cross-country trip with their unsuspecting parents. It requires readers to suspend disbelief a great deal, but many kids will enjoy the fun dialogue and antics. With a cliff-hanger, kids will clamor for the next book in this three title series. Both of my girls gobbled the series up this last spring, so much so that my youngest wanted to share it together as a read aloud with me! (2011/HarperCollins)
Finished this on audio . . .
I know I’m late to discovering this one, but it is just terrific. Great historical fiction, but also a whole lot more as we watch Moose navigate a move, new school, and the challenges of having a sister who today we’d identify as having autism. Choldenko’s development of Moose’s character is masterful. She nailed the adolescent firestorm of emotions. This one has been firmly planted on my favorites shelf and I’m looking forward to the two other titles in the series. (2004/Penguin)
And I continue . . .
I continue to be so intrigued by this book and find myself shaking my head in agreement at her observations and research findings.
I won this ARC, set to be released October 1, in a giveaway from All the Write Notes. I’ve been instructed by my sixth grader to read it quickly so that she can read it. When she’s done, we will donate it to her fifth grade teacher’s classroom which is where I delivered the first book, The Cloak Society, as The Book Fairy last year.
Next up . . .
??? I’ve been drifting and feeling a bit unfocused with my reading lately . . . but possible titles include Cinder, Waiting for Normal, and The Apprentices. Oh, and maybe one of my long neglected Newbery or Caldecott Challenge books!
Do share what you are reading! Have a great week!