I've been doing a lot of reading last week because all the books that I put on hold, came in and I picked them up. Saturday was my reading day, I read 21 books! I just loved being lazy and just reading!
I really enjoyed all that I read, but three stood out for me. The first book was Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It by Gail Carson Levine. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. I just loved this poetry book. Many of the poems made me laugh out loud. I loved how Levine took some of the fairy tale stories, that most students are familiar with, and wrote "apology" poems. I can see students who typically don't "like" poetry really enjoying this book. I think I might try and write some of these with some of my older students during April, which is National Poetry Month.
The next book that stood out was I Haiku You by Betsy Snyder. Click here or a summary on Goodreads. This was another poetry book. I just love reading books that written in haiku. I also enjoy writing them too. (I'm really not good at it, but I enjoy the process!). Each haiku is very simple and about topics that kids can relate too. Snyder's simple, but beautiful illustrations add so much to this book. I'm buying a copy for my library, but also one for myself.
The third book was, quite different than the other two. The book was On the Day I Died by Candace Fleming. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. I had this book on my to-read list for quite a while. I was so happy when I picked it up at the public library. I started reading right away! I knew this was going to be a book that I had to keep reading until I finished! I really loved this one. I can see some of my former students who are in Middle School who would LOVE this one. They were the students who were always asking me for creepy and/or scary books. I thought by having each "person" tell their own story was a very interesting way to approach the book.
Just went to the library this morning and picked up another two bags of books and put many on hold! Right now I beginning to read the Maryland Black-Eyed Susan nominated books. This is our state awards. I'm excited this year because we now have a graphic novel category. Click here to see all categories for the Maryland Black-Eyed Susan award. Once you get to the page, just click on "Black-Eyed Susan" and a drop down menu will appear. Then click on the category you want to see.