Monday, March 16, 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.

Since I skipped last week I have a lot of books to talk about this week! I've got some chapter books some picture books and a poetry book. I think I'll start with the picture books this week.

20518873I had to order some other things online, so of course I had to order books too. I got three great new picture books that I love them can't wait to share with my students. The first one is This Book Just Ate My Dog by Richard Byrne. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. I just love this book! It made me laugh out loud. I can't wait to share with my students I know they're going to enjoy it and laugh as much as I do. I was even sharing this one with my mother, who was first grade teacher for 35 years and even she was laughing out loud. The illustrations add so much to the book. It was a very creative way to use the features of the physical book. 

22318389The second picture book was I Don't Want to be a Frog by Dev Petty and illustrated by Mike Boldt. Click here for summary on Goodreads. This is also another fun read. I was first introduced to this book on the Let's Get Busy podcast featuring Dev Petty. As soon as I heard her talking about it, I knew I had to get a copy of this book for my library. Everybody has moments when they don't want to be themselves and we sometimes have to go through thinking out loud to realize it's not really bad to be who we are. And I can't say enough about Mike Boldt's illustrations! The expression on the frogs faces and the huge oversize glasses on the dad frog just make the book for me!

In the last picture but this week is Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman and illustrated by Zachariah OHora. Click here for summary on Goodreads. I have been waiting, and waiting for this book. I knew it was one that I had to have for myself as well as buying a copy for my library. I mean look at the cover who can resist the illustration on the cob! The story is great and I just fell in love with Dot, she's got a great voice. This was a great pairing of story and illustration because each complement the other so well.

20708771Onto the chapter books, the first chapter book is another one that I heard about on the Let's Get Busy podcast, The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. I really enjoyed the story it's a great early chapter book and I know some of my younger readers who still aren't ready for text heavy chapter books will enjoy it. Just the format of it reminded me a lot of the Mercy Watson series. It's going to be one that I definitely will be sharing with my second and third graders and some high first-graders as well.

20701998Second chapter books is the last in The Origami Yoda series, Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus by Tom Angleberger. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. I've been with the series since the first book, and I am sad to see end. It's been a great ride. Though it wasn't my favorite in the series, it was a satisfying conclusion. I can't wait to start interview thing the series to my second and third graders who haven't had exposure to the series yet. It's always great to see them get excited. And they don't have to wait, like I did, for the others to come out.

18012910The poetry book that I read was from Penguin Young Readers. It is Poem Depot Aisles of Smiles by Douglas Florian. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. I am such a fan of Douglas Florian's poetry. He makes it very fine and accessible for even the youngest students. And his poems are always so much fun I can't get through a book of his without laughing multiple times. I love how he shows the students that poetry doesn't always have to be so serious it can be fun. With chapter titles like Willy-Nilly Silly and Funny Bones and Belly Laughs you know you're in for some fun poetry.

Hope everybody has had a great week reading, what of been some of your favorites?

Happy Reading!!

Stacey (@libraryjo92)

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Snow Day Book Smile!!

This past Thursday and Friday were snow days for me. After I went through the frustration of realizing I was going to have to shovel again and thinking that it is March and we shouldn't be having snow, I knew I had two use these days. I had a book that I've been excited about since I listen to Matthew Winner's Let's Get Busy podcast featuring Jen Malone and I had to work on my taxes.

18104774I made myself a schedule to work and read but as soon as I started At Your Service by Jen Malone, I realized work was going to have to wait! Click here for a summary on Goodreads. While I was shoveling in the first of three snow storms I listened to the podcast and got really interested in this book. Chloe, the main character, is working as a junior concierge at a hotel in New York. There are all kinds of strange requests that guests want.  I loved finding out as I listened to the podcast, that all of the requests in the book are based on true events! This is a fun read and one that I think my students will enjoy. Jen has another book coming out on May 19th, called Your Invited. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. The summary sounds like it is going to be another fun read! Can't wait!

What book(s) has made you smile recently?

Happy Reading!!

Stacey (@libraryjo92)

Monday, March 2, 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 had really good intentions of coming back last week and posting again, but the weather got in my way. We had another snow day last week. So I had more snow shoveling and having to redo my plans. But I also got some more reading done.

It is funny, this year I seem to be reading more chapter books than picture books so far. These first two chapter books were recommended to me by two ladies, Niki and Ann, who I have come to know and respect through Twitter and Facebook and hope to one day meet in person! 

Niki, who is known on Twitter as @daydreamreader, recommended Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. I really enjoyed this book. I found it easy to relate to Albie and his struggles. I still to this day remember what it was like to be the target of the "mean" kids. I can't wait to get this in my library and share with my students. Lisa Graff also wrote another favorite of mine, A Tangle of Knots, which I also highly recommend. Check out Niki's blog here.

18656207Ann, who is know on Twitter as @KingandKids, recommended The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. This was another great read! Totally appreciated the voice of Maggie, the main character. She had the right amount of angst with being too over the top. This book had many highs and lows of emotions and I was glad that I went for the ride. Check out Ann's blog here

18668051The last book that I'm going to write about today came from Penguin Young Readers, The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. Wow, this book was worth waiting for! I have had this on my to read list since last June. I started this book Saturday morning while I ate breakfast. Well, I couldn't put it down and I sat until I finished the book! This book has so many layers of friendship, family, sadness, happiness, with a little mystery thrown in. The book made me really miss my last grandmother who past away 6 years ago. You can see my favorite picture of her below. If you haven't read this book yet, I highly recommend that you run not walk to your library or book store to get a copy! And make sure you have tissues handy, you will need them!

What have you been reading? I'm always looking for suggestions.

Happy Reading!!

Stacey (@libraryjo92)