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 SO happy with my reading this year so far. I didn't meet my goal, of 300 books on Goodreads last year. After this school year started I really went down hill with my reading. I was just so overwhelmed with new mentees, a new assistant, and about 200 new students. Due to a new elementary school being built my school was part of the redistricting that happened. So a lot of my energy went into learning about my new students. I really didn't have a lot of time or energy to devote to reading. Well, I wanted to change that going into 2016. And it has changed! Since I didn't meet the 300 book challenge last year, I lowered my goal to 200. But I do know that I can change the goal if I get close. So far this year I have read 40 new to me books this year!
I've pick three of my recent favorites to write about today. The first I heard about while shoveling snow on Matthew Winner's Let's Get Busy podcast. The book is I Will Chomp You! by Jory John and illustrated by Bob Shea. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. This is such a fun book to read myself and I know it will be even more fun to read aloud with the kids. The main character warns you that if you keep turning the pages you will be chomped. The kids will love how there is a separate page all to itself when he tries to chomp you. I won't give away the ending because it is so fun! I will say to make sure you check out the back flap of the book and see the illustrations that Bob Shea drew of himself and Jory John for the author and illustrator bios. They are one of my favorite parts of the book!
The second book is by Maryland author Timothy Young, Do Not Open The Box! Click here for a summary on Goodreads. It is so fun to finally have a copy of this book in my hands. Timothy Young had visited my school in April 2015. He does a great school visit. You can read all about his visit to my school here, on my school Media Center blog. During his visit, he gave us a sneak peek into his new book which is this one. I never grew up with siblings, but I've been told all about the different pranks that my friends played on theirs. This is a fun read for all. If you are not familiar with Timothy Young's books you need to check them out. My favorite is The Angry Little Puffin! I highly recommend this book to everyone!
The third book is Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book) by Julie Falatko and illustrated by Tim Miller. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. To say I liked this book would be an understatement. I loved this book from the moment I peeked under the book jacket until I finished the last page! Snappsy doesn't seem to like that the narrator makes his every ordinary day tasks seems extraordinary. You have to read this book to appreciate the humor and interplay between Snappsy and the narrator! I know that this one will become the favorite of many of my students. It has become one of mine!!
I'm in the process of reading Bone Gap by Laura Ruby and Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics by Chris Grabenstein. I know, two totally opposite books. I'm not sure what I think of Bone Gap yet. I don't think I have gotten far enough into it yet to give a honest opinion. And of course, I already love Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics!
What have you been reading?