Monday, August 26, 2013

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 was so excited because I finally got a bit of reading in.  The picture book is from a few weeks ago, but I forgot all about it until I got it out for my lesson that I'm teaching this week.  I managed to read a chapter book, which with as much as I have had going on is a small miracle!

The picture book that I read, and fell in LOVE with was The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt. Click here for a summary on Goodreads.  If you haven't seen this book, I suggest you run, don't walk, and get your hands on a copy!  Duncan's crayons decided to write him letters.  Some are tired of overuse and some are mad/sad that they are not used.  As an adult, I loved this book, but I think that they letters are a bit long for the younger students at this time year.  This book inspired me to create a lesson for Fifth Grade on book care.  I will be reading the book to them.  The assignment will be to take on the point of view of a damaged book and they will write a letter to the child that caused the damage, giving him/her book care tips for the next time.  Before sending the students to get started we will create a web of damages that could happen and how to prevent the damages.  I'm interested to see what they come up with.  I'll make sure I share!


The chapter book that I read was The Surprise Attack of Jabba The Puppett by Tom Angleberger.  Click here for a summary on Goodreads.  Once again Angleberger has another hit on his hands.  Since I read the first book in the series, I eagerly await each new book.  I get a bit worried before I read them, because I hope that the new one will live up to others. I wasn't disappointed in this one at all. I think that all teachers will appreciate Angleberger's take on standardized testing. Even though I am an epic failure at origami, I still love trying! I'm too embarrassed to post any pictures of my attempts, so don't ask!

This is my first full week of classes, I taught three days last week.  On Friday I was in bed at 6:45pm and it was only three days of students.  Hopefully this week I will get back into my "school" routine.  If you are going back or have been back, I hope you have a great start to the year!

Happy Reading!!

Stacey (@libraryjo92)


  1. yay for the day the crayons quit. i love recommending that book! and i haven't read any of the origami star wars books- nor diary of a wimpy kid.

  2. Hi there Stacey. I enjoyed the first Origami Yoda book (we had this for our book club session here in Singapore with young readers) and the kids loved it too. I have books 2-3 but have not had the time to read it yet. Now there's a fourth book? Wow! I'm also a huge Oliver Jeffers fan, I hope we have this copy in the libraries here now. :) Thanks for sharing all your great reads and your enthused reviews.

  3. Hi Stacey, The Day the Crayons Quit is my current favorite picture book! I just thought it was adorable. I have many 4th graders that will be thrilled to read Jabba the Puppet. Have a great week.

  4. You made it through that first week - hooray! The Day the Crayons Quit has had such glowing reviews, yours included - now I need to find a copy.

  5. Thanks for the lesson idea for book care writing in connection to The Day the Crayons Quit... :)

  6. Loved the Crayon book. Can't wait to share with my nephews! Have a great week.

  7. That's a great library twist on Crayons. I love the idea of it but it's just so long for little ones. Plus the script is not beginning reader friendly. So perfect for use with older kiddos.

    I TOTALLY HEART ALL THINGS STAR WARS. But I haven't read Jabba yet. I have it but I haven't read it yet. We had Meet the Teacher night on Friday and a student had to come up and tell me about it. So fun. His dad came by later and thanked me for having Tom Angleberger visit our school ... wasn't last year. The year before. Anyway. Just luck on my part and getting "in" with the other libraries who hosted him that week! But hey. They want to think I'm fabulous they can think I'm fabulous. ;)