Monday, March 2, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

This meme was started by Sheila at Book Journey. The kid's version was started by Jen at Teach Mentor Text and Kellee at Unleashing Readers.

I had really good intentions of coming back last week and posting again, but the weather got in my way. We had another snow day last week. So I had more snow shoveling and having to redo my plans. But I also got some more reading done.

It is funny, this year I seem to be reading more chapter books than picture books so far. These first two chapter books were recommended to me by two ladies, Niki and Ann, who I have come to know and respect through Twitter and Facebook and hope to one day meet in person! 

Niki, who is known on Twitter as @daydreamreader, recommended Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. I really enjoyed this book. I found it easy to relate to Albie and his struggles. I still to this day remember what it was like to be the target of the "mean" kids. I can't wait to get this in my library and share with my students. Lisa Graff also wrote another favorite of mine, A Tangle of Knots, which I also highly recommend. Check out Niki's blog here.

18656207Ann, who is know on Twitter as @KingandKids, recommended The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. This was another great read! Totally appreciated the voice of Maggie, the main character. She had the right amount of angst with being too over the top. This book had many highs and lows of emotions and I was glad that I went for the ride. Check out Ann's blog here

18668051The last book that I'm going to write about today came from Penguin Young Readers, The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. Wow, this book was worth waiting for! I have had this on my to read list since last June. I started this book Saturday morning while I ate breakfast. Well, I couldn't put it down and I sat until I finished the book! This book has so many layers of friendship, family, sadness, happiness, with a little mystery thrown in. The book made me really miss my last grandmother who past away 6 years ago. You can see my favorite picture of her below. If you haven't read this book yet, I highly recommend that you run not walk to your library or book store to get a copy! And make sure you have tissues handy, you will need them!

What have you been reading? I'm always looking for suggestions.

Happy Reading!!

Stacey (@libraryjo92)

Monday, February 23, 2015

It's Monday!! What Are You Reading?

This meme was started by Sheila at Book Journey. The kid's version was started by Jen at Teach Mentor Text and Kellee at Unleashing Readers.

I've been doing A LOT of reading lately! So much that I won't be able to fit it all in one post. Be looking for more posts throughout the week. The snow days this past week didn't help because I spent four hours shoveling by myself on Tuesday, so I was too tired to read! But my do over on Wednesday gave me some reading time! I even had time to post on my Library Media Center blog, which I haven't had a chance to do lately.

Now onto the books!!

22749534The first book this week is the newest installment in the I Survived series by Lauren Tarshis. This one is called The Great Chicago Fire, 1871. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. I have read all of the books in the I Survived series and I think this one is my favorite one. I was a bit hesitant going in because the book about Pompeii was not a favorite of mine. This one had action from the very beginning and didn't stop! I highly recommend this book in the series. I can't wait to share it with my students!

12396528The next book I have been reading since January. It is one that required a lot of thought, so one I got sick I couldn't focus on the book. The book is Hollow City by Ransom Riggs. This is the second novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. I read the first book a while ago and enjoyed it. This type of book is not my usually read, but I was captivated by the picture on the front cover. I was thrilled to see this one in the store because I knew the story wasn't over yet. After another cliff hanger, I'm stuck waiting for the next book to see what happens. Once again the picture on the front cover and throughout the book just fascinate me!

The next two books I got from Penguin Young Readers. I received the copies to review.

22522288One of my favorite characters of all times is Froggy! I read the newest in the Froggy series, Froggy's Birthday Wish by Jonathan London. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. I have been a fan of Froggy since I first started teaching. A program that my school used, I had to read Froggy Gets Dressed every year to talk about active listening. I have not met a Froggy book that I haven't liked. This one is just as great as all the others in my book! It will be published on March 10th.

22521931My final book today is Otto the Owl Who Loved Poetry by Vern Kousky. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. I'm a huge poetry fan and this book was great! There was a nice sample from Eliot, Stevenson and Dickinson along with original poems from Kousky. This is such a sweet story about staying true to yourself and finding those that will accept you for who you are. I can't wait to read this to my students.

Just looking back over my selections in this post I realize what a wide range of books I read. I did forget my nonfiction book for this week, so look for it this week. 

What have you been reading? 

Happy Reading!!

Stacey (@libraryjo92)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Book Smiles!!

Due to the snow, I missed my It's Monday! What Are You Reading post. So I'm saving some of the titles until next week. But I thought I would do a #booksmiles post to highlight a few that I've gotten to read.

22209105The first book is Betty Goes Bananas by Steve Antony. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. I first heard about this book on Matthew Winner's Let's Get Busy podcast. His interview with Steve Antony is episode 115. As I listened, I made a mental note to add this book to my to read list. Imagine my surprise when I looked in the pile of books that I had picked up at the library a week ago and this one was in the pile! So I had to stop what I was doing a read the book! I loved it and can't wait to share with my students. It was a lot of fun to hear the back story for this book and then read it!

And just a little plug for Matthew Winner's Let's Get Busy podcast. If you haven't listened you really need to start. I just did a marathon listening as I shoveled snow for four hours! I got introduced to a few authors/illustrators I didn't know about. I'm excited to check out their books.

The next two books I got from Penguin Young Readers. I received the copies to review.

17842983The first book is Mr. Pants: It's Go Time! by Scott McCormick. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. This is a graphic novel. My kids just LOVE graphic novels. This is one that I know they will relate to and enjoy reading! I fun myself chucking many times throughout the book. I never had any brothers or sisters, but I can see a lot of my students and their siblings acting the same way Mr. Pants and his sibling do in this book. I'm interested in seeing the next one in this series. Mr. Pants: Slacks, Camera, Action! is due out March 3rd. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. Hoping it is as good as the first one!

22571738The second book that I read from Penguin Young Readers is Where is Mount Rushmore? by True Kelley. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. Wow, there is SO much that I didn't know about Mount Rushmore. I learned so many neat facts about Mount Rushmore. I think one of the most interesting one was about how Mount Rushmore got it's name. I'm not going to spoil it here. so if you want to know read the book. My kids just love the Who Is/Was, and What /Is/Was series. I can't keep them on the shelf. I'm very excited to introduce them to the Where Is series so they can get caught up in it too.

What book(s) has made you smile recently?

Happy Reading!!

Stacey (@libraryjo92)