I love Mondays. After I get home from work, I get to laze on the sofa and learn what other bloggers are reading. If you are wondering what to read next, come join the fun with hosts Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers.
While other literature has entertained me this week, I've mostly just had energy for picture books.
Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett
It's a good as everyone says it is. I loved the complicated messages that a group of grade 2/3/4 students took from it. They probably got it better than I did.
If You Want to Find Golden by Eileen Spinelli and Stacey Schuett.
Just beautiful. I have to remember this title when teachers are doing units on colours or poetry.
I revisited Whitewash by Ntozake Shange
I've used this book with students as part of a critical literacy unit many times. It never fails to move me to near tears, and I am always humbled by the students responses to it.
Cock-A-Doodle Doo, Creak, Pop-Pop, Moo by Jim Aylesworth
"This is the story of a day in the life of an old time farm. I enjoyed the rhythm and rhyming in the language. Brad Sneed's illustrations are both beautiful and fun at the same time. Together, the two of them capture the noisy busy life that once was."
Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bicycle by Chris Raschka
"I really wanted to love this book, and I think the text is very powerful. The pictures just didn't work for me though."
Two by Kathryn Otoshi
"This is another book I wanted to adore and just couldn't. I didn't mind the first part, but then the story got too preachy and out of control. There is nothing better than a simple story well told. Unfortunately, this isn't one of them."
Otis's Busy Day by Loren Long
I wish all emergent readers were as entertaining as this one. It has simple text and glorious images.
I finished listening to The Familiars by Adam Jay Epstein
This book has been on my radar for a bit. I'd read some good stuff about it, but it wasn't picked up by my readers, so thought I better read it myself. I'm glad I did. Sometimes you need a sweet fantasy with a bit of action.
Here's a spot of serendipity for you. I no sooner finished this title, than a young boy came to ask if we had it in the library.
brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
This beautiful book worked for me on so many levels.
Hound Dog True by Linda Urbane
Linda Urbane can really do no wrong in my opinion. She excels in the simple story done well category. In this one, a shy young girl learns to be brave. Although I enjoyed it, it will take me a bit to find just right readers for it.
I've started How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking by Jordan Ellenberg, and I am intrigued by it, but this past week my nonfiction reading has mostly focused on radiation therapy and other cancer related journal articles.
I'm listening to Paperboy by Vince Vawter and reading, with my eyes, Andrew Smith's Winger.