Monday, November 4, 2013

#IMWAYR for November 4

I've got to link up with Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Text for It's Monday! What are you reading?

This past week I read:

Legend by Marie Lu. If you teach or have a middle school, get a copy of Legend for your readers. Loved it 4 1/2 stars. I could have done without the romance element. It wasn't needed. Maybe it will make more sense in the sequel, Prodigy.  If you students liked Hunger Games, this is another great one.

This month is Picture Book Month and to help me reach my reading goal with my students, I'm going to read as many picture books as I can. Hey, all is fair in book love and reading war!

Violet the Pilot by Steve Breen
Adorable story of a young girl who builds her own airplanes flying machines!

Bootsie Barker Bites by Barbara Bottner, illustrated by Peggy Rathmann.
Cute story about learning to play nice and dealing with bullies.

Old Henry by Joan W. Blos,illustrated by Stephen Gammell
I love Mr. Gammell's illustrations. This one is about an old man who moves into an old house. His neighbors begin to complain because he's not as neat as the rest of the neighborhood. Maybe being different is Ok?

Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel
I never get to read Bad Kitty books! Why? They stay checked out! I sort of refused to check this one out again until I got to read it. It only took a couple minutes. Let's just say I would be a bad kitty too if I had to eat Whale Waffles?!?  Very creative, Mr. Bruel. Your chapter books stay checked out also...

Willow by Denise Brennan-Nelson and Rosemarie Brennan, illustrated by Cyd Moore
Willow is a student in Miss Hawthorn's art class where students are expected to only draw the way Miss Hawthorn tells them to draw. Until Willow... Willow influences Miss Hawthorn with her imagination and creativity.

Quilt Makers Gift by Jeff Brumbeau, illustrated by Gail de Marcken
Beautiful! Great story about the power of giving.

Snowmen at Christmas and Snowmen All Year by Caralyn Buehner. illustrated by Mark Buehner Cute little snowmen stories.

Hurry! Hurry! by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Jeff Mack
This one would be great for Pre-K or K students. Simple, repeating text and beautiful illustrations make this animal story perfect for a farm unit with the little guys. I also read the following Bunting books.

Dandelions by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Greg Shed
Summer Wheels by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Thomas B. Allen
The Memory String by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Ted Rand
Jin Woo by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Chris Soentpiet
I Like the Way You Are by Eve Bunting, illustrated by John O'Brien
Our Library by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Maggie Smith

Keep Reading!!! You know I'll be cruising the Picture Book section in the library for unread books.


  1. Fantastic book recs. I wonder, is Hurry Hurry a Pre-k version of chicken Little? As I scrolled down your list, I was intrigued by each title and the cuteness of some of the covers like Violet the Pilot and Bootsie Barker Bites. Willow really sounds like it has good possibilities for developing into a literacy lesson. I have always been a fan of the team of Mark and Caralyn Buehner and their Snowmen books. My students love discovering all the secret hidden pictures within the illustrations.

  2. Yes, the romance is more important in Prodigy. Some pretty stunning things happen in the second book and I can't wait for the final one! Have a great week!

    1. Great. It felt out of place in the first one. Glad to know it's going somewhere. I'm going to have to hit amazon and Prodigy! Already spent my school's book budget for this year.

  3. I sort of forgot about Legend. Went back and saw that I really enjoyed it as well. Now I need to add book two and three to my lists!
    I could just hit up my own school collection, couldn't I. See what I've forgotten. It's so fun to go to B&N, though. As cookie cutter as B&N is.

  4. Joan Blos' Old Henry caught my eye - looks vintage and the illustrations so gentle and beautiful. Willow and Bad Kitty look like fun reads too! Thanks for sharing all this. Have a great reading week! :)


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