Monday, October 10, 2016

It's Monday!! What Are You Reading?

I can't believe it is October already! There has been SO much has gone on since I last posted. The new school year was off with a bang! It was a crazy time, but good time. And then I got sick! I was out of school for a week! I have never been off that long due to illness. I'm still not 100%, but I am on the road to recovery. It is going on month now and I'm ready to feel healthy again!

I find that when I am that sick, I cannot read! I am not able to focus long enough to follow a book. I was able to read a little bit, but not a whole lot during the time that I was really sick. To illustrate how sick I really was I was not able to finish Raina Telgemeier's new graphic novel Ghosts. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. I'm looking forward to starting it over again and enjoying it.

28260596I have read a few picture books when I started to feel better. I read Salina Yoon's newest Penguin book Penguin's Christmas Wish. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. I can't say enough good things about this book. It is a bit bittersweet because this is her last Penguin book. Though, Salina has said that he will appear in other books. It was great to see other friends make an appearance in this book. If you haven't read any of Salina Yoon's Penguin books I highly recommend you run, not walk to get yourself a copy of these books. I am hoping to be able to meet Salina Yoon this May when she is appearing at a book festival near where I live. 

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Two other books I read are also Christmas books too. I read Jan Brett's Gingerbread Christmas. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. One of my favorite books has been The Gingerbread Baby, so I was quite happy to see this one. There is always so much going on with the illustrations as soon as I finished reading the text, I had to go back and "read" the illustrations. I always find myself getting lost in Jan Brett's illustrations. This book will be published by Penguin Random House on October 18, 2016. I was sent this copy for review.

28687145The second book I read was also sent to me by Penguin Random House and will also be published on October 18, 2016. It is Maple and Willow's Christmas Tree by Lori Nichols. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. This book was great! I didn't know until I went to record this on Goodreads that this is the fourth in a series about these two siblings. I loved how Willow worked hard to make Christmas better when things don't go as planned. I'm going to have to find the other books about these siblings.


Since I am hopefully on the mend I will be able to be reading some more!

Happy Reading!!

Stacey (@libraryjo92)



Monday, July 25, 2016

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 am just LOVING getting back into the reading groove. I feel so much relaxed when I have time to read. It truly is what feeds my soul!


27272478I've got two books to write about today. The first is The NOT so Quiet LIBRARY by Zachariah OHora. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. This book was just published last week. I just love any kind of book about libraries and books. I couldn't wait to get a hold of this book because I am a huge Zachariah OHora fan. I just LOVED his illustration of Wolfie the Bunny! I was not disappointed with this book. The message at the end is a great one for students. The front cover gives you a bit of a hit about why the library is not quiet. It took me a bit to spot the hint. But if I had opened up the cover to look at the back and front cover at the same time I would have figured it out right away. Make sure you take a look under the book jacket. I just attended a Scholastic Reading Summit and had the pleasure of attending sessions with Mr. Schu. He talked about the importance of teaching kids to appreciate all aspects of a book, including what is hiding under the jacket.

27272417The second book this week is a chapter book by C.C. Payne called The Thing About Leftovers. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. I sat down to read a few chapters of the book as a reward for spending two hours really cleaning my house and doing laundry. Well, once I started this book I could not stop reading until I finished. Fizzy (Elizabeth), is a very easy character to relate to. Fizzy is dealing with learning a new normal after her parents divorce and start moving on with their lives. I can see this book being a really great one for students who have gone or are living through their parents divorce. Fizzy verbalizes many of the same emotions that they are having and this book might help them start some conversations. The book gave me some insights to how many of my students might be feeling as they go through this. I highly recommend you giving this book a try!

What have you been reading?

Happy Reading!!

Stacey (@libraryjo92)

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Book Smiles


Book Smiles

I've got two books that made me smile this week.










26109335The first one is Playtime? by Jeff Mack. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. I always love the simplicity of Jeff Mack's books. This one has only two words: playtime and bedtime. Like his other book, Look, the story is played out in the illustrations. I love the back and forth between the child and the gorilla. This is a great story for reading, but for also asking kids questions about the illustrations. Many kids don't know how to "read" illustrations. Since this one has so many details in the illustrations it is a great way to begin showing them how to "read" them.


27164276The other book that made me smile is called 1 Big Salad: A Delicious Counting Book by Juana Medina. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. The cover of this book really caught my interest. There is a picture of a salad, but there are drawings on the items in the salad. This author/illustrator to a simple concept and turned it into something so much more. I think my favorite are the 8 flying walnuts! I can't wait to use this my kids! I plan reading this book with them and then giving them some printed pictures of everyday objects and seeing what they create.

What books have made you smile?

Stacey (@libraryjo92)