Monday, January 23, 2017

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 and Ricki at Unleashing Readers.

My reading was done in short spurts this week. I was busy all week, but I can't remember what I did. I didn't make any progress on You Can Fly by Carole Boston Weatherford. This is a book I want to savor, so I want to wait until I can sit a finish it in one reading. All three of the books that I read were part of my latest Junior Library Guild delivery. 


28954227I'm a huge Jan Thomas fan and her new book Is That Wise, Pig is another winner. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. Ever since I read What Will Fat Cat Sit On, I look forward to reading any book by Jan Thomas. I love books where I can involve my students in helping me read. This book has the line "Is that wise, pig" over and over which the kids can help out with. Her illustrations add to the overall enjoyment of this book. I know this one will be a favorite of my students.



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The next book I read was Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. This looks to be the first in a new series. I was so excited since it was a graphic novel for my younger students. My younger students love graphic novels, but usually want those that are way above their reading level. In this book Narwhal and "Jelly" become friends and have a lot of adventures. This book is going to be very popular in my library. I might just have to get a second copy. If you haven't seen this one, check it out. You won't be disappointed. 


28954214The third book I read this week was Octopuses One to Ten by Ellen Jackson. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. Yes, I read another nonfiction book! This one was awesome!! I learned so much about the octopus. I never realized there was so much that I didn't know. I think there are 10 different types of octopuses! On the pages with the different octopuses there is a size comparison. Some octopus are compared with the human body. While others are so small they are compared to the size of a human hand. This was a really neat nonfiction book. I can't wait to share it with my students.  

I think after the playoff game I watched yesterday, I'm going to lose myself in books this week. My team will be watching from home this year. This was not the way I had hoped this season would have ended. But I will be rooting for the Atlanta Falcons to win the Super Bowl!!

Happy Reading!!

Stacey (@libraryjo92)





Monday, January 16, 2017

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 and Ricki at Unleashing Readers.

It was a busy week, so I didn't get a lot of reading done. But, hold on to your hats, I actually read two nonfiction books! I also finished up a chapter book that I've been reading since January 2nd.


18296902The chapter book that I finished was Journey's End by Rachel Hawkins. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. I enjoyed the journey of this book and I was left wanting more at the end. I found myself really caring about the characters in this story. This was Rachel Hawkins first middle grade book, which I think is a success. Nolie travels to Scotland to spend the summer with her father. While there she meets a local girl named Bel. She shows Nolie all around and tells her the story of the Boundary, the fog just off the coast of the town. The is a legend about how and why the fog came to be there. No one who goes into the fog comes out, until Nolie and Bel spot Al on the beach. Al went into the fog in 1918 and has not aged a bit in the hundred years he has been gone. There is just enough creepy in this book for those elementary students who want a creepy book!

30008717The first nonfiction book I read was What's The Big Deal About First Ladies by Ruby Shamir and illustrated by Matt Faulkner. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. This nonfiction picture book was great! I learned so much about the first ladies that I didn't know! It was fascinating to learn all these neat facts about a very incredible group of women. I never knew (or thought about) Florence Harding was the first first lady to have voted for her husband! My dad is a huge history buff, so it was fun to stump him with many of the interesting facts. I can't say enough about Matt Faulkner's illustrations, they are gorgeous!! Once I finished reading the text in the book, I had to go back I really look at the illustrations for all the details that Matt Faulkner included. This will be a great addition to my library! This book was sent to me from Penguin Young Readers.

30201191The second nonfiction book I read was When The Sky Breaks by Simon Winchester. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. I have a love/hate relationship with severe weather. I am fascinated by severe weather and whenever there is a big storm coming near where I live, I'm on top of all the updates. But I hate the damage and destruction it causes and the anxiety it causes in me. This book gave so much information about severe weather. Simon Winchester has been in many places for the severe storms and is able to give a personal experience about what it is like. There is so much information given in this book, it is not for just a casual reader. The photographs add so much to this book and really show the devastation that these storms can cause. There are a lot of great charts and little extras. It also has the NWS bulletin that Robert Ricks published right before Hurricane Katrina hit. As I read it, I remember reading this at the time and being scared, even though I was no where close to the path of this storm. This book was sent to me from Penguin Young Readers. It will be published on January 31st.

I've started reading the book You Can Fly by Carole Boston Weatherford. It is a poetry book about The Tuskegee Airmen. I've only recently just started, but is one that I'm thinking about when I'm not reading it. What is everyone else reading?

Happy Reading!!

Stacey (@libraryjo92)

Monday, January 9, 2017

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 and Ricki at Unleashing Readers.

I actually feel pretty good about my reading life this week. I'm still in the process of reading my next middle grade book, Journey's End by Rachel Hawkins. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. I'll post more about this book once I finish it. I am enjoying it though!

I was able to read 5 picture books from Penguin Young Books. These books were all very different from each other made it all the better!

29942156The first book was Bedtime for Yeti by Vin Vogel. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. I enjoyed this book. I can see that it would be a great bedtime story for kids. It is not one that I would usually pick up, but the yawning yeti on the front cover drew me in! I hadn't realized that this one is the second yeti book that Vin Vogel wrote. The first was called The Thing About Yetis and was published in 2015. I think I'm going to have to find this one to read too.


30008939The second book was I am Jim Henson by Brad Meltzer. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. This book is part of the Ordinary People Change the World series. Loved this book! Great introduction to Jim Henson for those who didn't grow up knowing who he was. I will admit I got teary-eyed at the end. I found myself thinking about what might have been if he had not passed away. The end papers in this book are great. It has Kermit's face on them! I think my favorite two lines came towards the end of the book "But the secret behind my best creations wasn't a strong had, or a catchy song, or even a funny voice. It was a simple idea: There's good in all of us" (Meltzer, 2017). I found this very meaningful especially with what is happening in our world today. I think we need to remember that there is good in all of us and we need to look harder to find it and bring it out. This book will be published tomorrow, January 10th.

30422488The third book I read was This Book is Magic by Ashley Evanson. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. I enjoyed this book because of all the interaction that the reader can have with the book. It reminded me of Press Here by Herve Tullet. I think that this is a great book to read to kids. A small group would be ideal since many pages require the reader to touch the pages to make the magic happen. This book will be published on January 17th.

25940437The fourth book that I read was Nope! by Drew Sheneman. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. This book was a lot of fun. I wasn't expecting an almost wordless picture book when I started. But it really doesn't need more than the word nope because the illustrations really tell the story. I read it straight through the first time and then had to go back a second time and really look at the illustrations. They really make the story since there is only one word throughout the book. I was amazed at the emotions that Sheneman could convey in a birds face! As I read about Drew Sheneman on the back flap, I was surprised to read that this is his first book for children. If this book is any indication, I hope he keeps writing for children! This book will be published on January 17th.

What has everyone else been reading? I'm always looking for suggestions of books that I might have missed!

Happy Reading!!

Stacey (@libraryjo92)