Monday, April 13, 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 always start the week with good intentions of coming back and blogging again, but it hasn't been in the cards yet. I am determined to post again this week! That being said, I didn't get a lot of reading done because this was my first week back after Spring Break and it really kicked my butt!

20454079I was able to get three books read, two chapter books and a graphic novel. The first book I read was Snoop Troop: It Came From Beneath the Playground by Kirk Scroggs. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. This book came with my book talk kit for the Spring Book Fair. It was a fun read and I can really see the kids enjoying it. There is a lot of illustrations and "things to do" in the book. It is a great mix of chapter book and graphic novel. It looks like this will be the first in a new series.

23309659The second chapter book that I read was an ARC from Simon & Schuster of The Secret Cookie Club by Martha Freeman. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. This book is due to be published on May 19th. This book is about four cabin mates at summer camp who are not really getting along, until their counselor teaches them about "flour power". She gets them to bake cookies and they learn about working together. The rest of the story involves each of the girls having a problem, one of their cabin mates writing a letter and sending cookies that helps them figure out an answer. This book was a very easy read. I can see many of my students enjoying this book. The best part, in my opinion, is all the recipes for cookies in the back!

22504701The graphic novel that I got to read was Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. I LOVED this book. It had so many strong female characters and good role models for girls of today. I also like how Victoria Jamieson didn't shy away from the hardships girls and their friends seem to face when leaving elementary school. It is never easy being a girl tween/teen and I'm glad the struggles were not sugar-coated. I have always been in awe of the females who participate in Roller Derby. This book is such a tribute to those who participate! I highly recommend this book to everyone!

I hope to read some more this coming week. I'm still working on trying to find the balance in my life between work and "me time". I will be back to post this week an update to my Nerdlution. I have made some progress and want to give an update.

Happy Reading!!

Stacey (@libraryjo92)

Monday, April 6, 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.

It is my last day of Spring Break. While I am sad that it is over, I'm excited to start this last part of the year. Even though I have been doing other things around the house during Spring Break, I've also been reading!
I've got three chapter books and four picture books that I've been reading. I'll start with the chapter books. All of these chapter books I have been eagerly waiting to read. The first book is Like Carrot Juice on a Cupcake by Julie Sternberg and illustrations by Matthew Cordell. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. This is the third book about Eleanor. I have loved them from the start. This is a great book for those students who are ready for a little bit more in their chapter books, than Junie B. and Magic Treehouse.

22313641The second chapter book is All The Answers by Kate Messner. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. Kate Messner has done it again; this book is awesome! Once I started it, I had to know how it ended. I think at one point or another in our lives we have all wished for something to provide us with answers. Ava, the main character, finds a magic pencil which provides her with answers. The question then becomes does she really want to know all the answers. I can't say enough good things about this book. As one of my Twitter friends pointed out page 61 is a page that members of the Nerdy Book Club will love!

22856146The third chapter book that I read was The Island of Dr. Libris by Chris Grabenstein. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. Anyone who calls themselves a reader has always imaged characters coming to life and being able to interact with them. When Billy starts reading books in Dr. Libris' cabin, this seems to start happening. I enjoyed this book. I was interested to see how Chris Grabenstein would follow up after Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library. I love that he kept books and reading as an important part of the core of the story. Since I work in a school library, nothing can really top Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library, but this books is high in my list of good books. Though, as an adult, I wanted a little more from the ending. I know my students won't feel the same way. I can't wait to share the book with them.

22546632Now onto the picture books. The first book is newest from Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin, Click, Clack, Peep! Click here for a summary on Goodreads. I have always enjoyed these books from this duo that take place on the farm. Though I haven't been overjoyed with the last few offerings, but this one brought a smile to my face. Everyone on the farm is watching an egg and waiting for it to hatch. All of Doreen Cronin's book are so popular in my library I know that this will be no exception. This is a great spring story.

22749702The second picture book I read was Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. This is a good book about friendship and can help lead a discussion in the primary grades about bullying. It is a book with very simple text and the illustrations compliment the text so well. I hadn't heard about this book. I picked it up at my mentee's book fair because the cover really spoke to me. I will be sharing it with my teachers at the end of month when my book fair happens.

22521929The next two picture books, I received from Penguin Young Readers. The first is Look by Jeff Mack. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. Wow, this is a very powerful book with only two words. This book has an important message, even though there is very little text. I am a huge Jeff Mack fan and this book didn't disappoint. I feel that too many of our kids our spending way too much time in front of some type of screen. Unfortunately many of them are not reading books, which is sad. I would hope that some parents can take a lesson from the book and put down their devices and interact with their kids. This book will be published tomorrow.

20840305The second book from Penguin Young Readers is By Mouse & Frog by Deborah Freedman. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. Loved, loved, loved this book! I really liked the story within a story. It made for a great way for students to see how to use their imagination when writing a story. Sometimes if you are writing a story, in my opinion, the more outrageous the better. One of my favorite parts of the whole book takes place at the end of the book. Frog asks "Who is Deborah Freedman?" and Mouse responds "I have no idea." This conversation is happening as Mouse is adding himself and Frog as authors under the copyright date. I love when an author can make little fun of himself/herself. This book is due to be published on April 14th.

I'm gearing up for the last part of the year. I'm still in shock that we are already in April! I don't really know where January, February and March went. It seems like they were gone in the blink of an eye. I hope the rest of the year slows down a bit, so I can get my projects completed.

Happy Reading!!

Stacey (@libraryjo92)

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Must Read in 2015 Update!

Time has really flown since January when I posted my Must Read in 2015 list of books. It is hard to believe that it is time for an update already! I'm enjoying my Spring Break this week, so I'm getting caught up on my reading. When I first posted in January, I listed only 10 books as must reads for me. As of today I've read 5 of those 10 books. You can see them below. I have been thrilled with these 5 books! 

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Of course there have been some others that I felt were must reads and had to be added to my list. These were not on my radar back at the beginning of January. They are pictured below.

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I'm still trying to get a hold on the 5 books from the original 10 must reads. I would love any suggestions, especially nonfiction titles. Besides those 5, I don't have any on my radar. Can't wait to see everybody's updates. Hopefully I'll find some to add to my must read list.

Happy Reading!!

Stacey (@libraryjo92)