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It’s Monday, [April 29]! What are you reading?

Every Most Mondays, I send out a #booksaroundtheroom via Twitter, so my students can share what they’re reading with the world. “It’s Monday! What are you Reading?” is a meme co-hosted by Jen and Kellee at Teach Mentor Texts. Just like #booksaroundtheroom, it is a way to share books you’ve been reading, reviewing, and loving during the last week. I read a lot, both on my own and with my two kids, Corbchops (1777 days) and The Iza (1022 days). I’m excited to hear what you’ve been reading.

Mon Reading Button PB to YA

I feel like I read a lot this week. And I did! I had a field trip to Woodland Park Zoo, so I got to spend three bus-hours reading, and I squeezed in a few chapters in the open air tropical bird area. I love that spot. It was extra special this year, because I got pooped on by some tropical aviator and ran into Kim Baker. Tell me, how many people in the world have been hit by bird poop while talking to Kim Baker. I bet I’m the only one!

I’m super-excited about Screen Free Week this week. I’ve celebrated it for years, since it was called TV Turn Off Week. I’m excited that it is getting so much attention this year. Now we have so many screens, it can be difficult to shut them all away. I’ll miss my Twitter friends, and my RSS feed will be super overloaded by May 6, but I will “recover.” I hope you’ll join me.

Here’s what I’ve enjoyed during the last week:

Middle Grade:

I finished two middle grade novels last week. That’s all.

  • We Give a Squid a Wedgie, by C. Alexander London. I loved this third installment in the Accidental Adventure series. I thought it was the funniest yet.
  • Lucy Rose: Busy Like You Can’t Believe, by Katy Kelly. I picked this up because it has illustrations by Adam Rex, but I loved Lucy. It was kind of like a stream of consciousness chapter book. Funny.

Graphic Novels:

I finished one graphic novel last week. I love graphic novels!

  • Flight, Vol. 7, edited by Kazu Kibuishi. I love Kazu’s short story anthologies. These ones slant to an older audience, maybe middle school and up. Lots of good stuff in here.

Poetry:

I finished one book of poetry this week. I hardly read any poetry, so that was good!

  • Follow Follow, by Marilyn Singer. I am still amazed by these reverso poems. They are mind-blowing!

Picture Books:

I read 11 picture books last week. My favorite three were:

Professional Reading:

I’ve really enjoyed reading more professional texts this year. I spent way too many years not reading them. I finished one last week.

  • Energize Research Reading and Writing, by Christopher Lehman. I’ve been putting Chris’s ideas into practice in my classroom since I started reading his book. It’s a little bumpy, but we’re learning a lot and trying out plenty of new things. That’s what it’s all about!

Reviewed:

On the TMCE Guys Read blog, I reviewed The Giant and How He Humbugged America, by Jim Murphy.

AND

Right now When I finish this blog post, I’m reading:

Rebel McKenzie, by Candace Ransom

SO

What are you reading? And how do you plan to spend your Screen Free Week?

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It’s Monday, [April 22]! What are you reading?

Every Most Mondays, I send out a #booksaroundtheroom via Twitter, so my students can share what they’re reading with the world. “It’s Monday! What are you Reading?” is a meme co-hosted by Jen and Kellee at Teach Mentor Texts. Just like #booksaroundtheroom, it is a way to share books you’ve been reading, reviewing, and loving during the last week. I read a lot, both on my own and with my two kids, Corbchops (1770 days) and The Iza (1015 days). I’m excited to hear what you’ve been reading.

Mon Reading Button PB to YA

My goal when I started this blog was to write two posts a week. One IMWAYR, one other. Maybe a third, if I really get rolling. But lately, it’s been a situation where I can choose reading or choose blogging. So I choose reading! Especially on these weeks when things are really busy and the reading time is at a premium.

Here’s what I’ve enjoyed during the last week:

Middle Grade:

I finished one middle grade novel last week. That’s all.

  • Smells Like Dog, by Suzanne Selfors. This is our Guys Read book for April, this time nominated and voted on by the guys. I’m glad they picked it–it was super fun!

Graphic Novels:

I finished one graphic novel last week. I love graphic novels!

Picture Books:

I read 12 picture books last week. My favorite three were:

  • 11 Experiments that Failed, by Jenny Offill and Nancy Carpenter. We read this in class as we started out our Scientific Method unit.
  • Doug Unplugged, by Dan Yaccarino. I will read this to my class during Screen Free Week.
  • The Dirty Cowboy, by Amy Timberlake and Adam Rex. I love Adam Rex because he is good at everything. Amy’s story was good, too.

Reviewed:

On the TMCE Guys Read blog, I reviewed Hide and Seek, by Kate Messner.

AND

Right now When I finish this blog post, I’m reading:

Energize Research Reading and Writing, by Christopher Lehman, which I will finish this week.

SO

What are you reading?

It’s Monday, [April 15]! What are you reading?

Every Most Mondays, I send out a #booksaroundtheroom via Twitter, so my students can share what they’re reading with the world. “It’s Monday! What are you Reading?” is a meme co-hosted by Jen and Kellee at Teach Mentor Texts. Just like #booksaroundtheroom, it is a way to share books you’ve been reading, reviewing, and loving during the last week. I read a lot, both on my own and with my two kids, Corbchops (4.82) and The Iza (2.75). I’m excited to hear what you’ve been reading.

Mon Reading Button PB to YA

Busy weeks are…tiring. I didn’t do quite as much reading last week. Mostly short books. The Wife had late meetings two days (she has three this week!), and it is slightly exhausting working the 4-8pm slot alone. After I put the kids to bed, I just felt like laying on the couch with the laptop.

But, of course, I read a bit.

Here’s what I’ve enjoyed during the last week:

Middle Grade:

I finished one middle grade novel, one “variety” book, and one informational book last week.

  • The Color of Bones, by Tracy Edward Wymer. Tracy sent me a copy of his book. I’m glad he did! It was sort of science fictiony without any science. It reminded me a little bit of The Giver, though it isn’t that similar to it.
  • Killer Koalas from Outer Space, by Andy Griffiths. So bad, it’s good. This seems like a book that would annoy some parents and teachers, but that kids will love.
  • King George: What Was His Problem?, by Steve Sheinkin. I plan to read this aloud while studying the American Revolution during Social Studies. We’ll compare and contrast this, the textbook, and some short videos.

Graphic Novels:

I finished one graphic novel last week. I love graphic novels!

  • The Adventures of Polo, by Regis Faller. This short, wordless graphic novel was fun. The Corbchops “read” it to The Iza and me.

Picture Books:

I read 12 picture books last week. My favorite three were:

  • Chalk, by Bill Thomson. Fun and clever wordless picture book.
  • Zoom, by Istvan Banyai. Fun and clever wordless picture book. :^)
  • Lost and Found, by Shaun Tan and John Marsden. This was really a collection of three picture books. Shaun Tan is quite the artist.

Poetry:

I read one book of poetry this week.

  • Mirror Mirror, by Marilyn Singer. These reverso poems blew my mind. They seem so difficult to write!

Reviewed:

On the TMCE Guys Read blog, I didn’t review anything this week.

AND

Right now When I finish this blog post, I’m reading:

Rebel McKenzie, by Candice Ransom

and

Energize Research Reading and Writing, by Christopher Lehman

SO

What are you reading?

It’s Monday, [April 8]! What are you reading?

Every Most Mondays, I send out a #booksaroundtheroom via Twitter, so my students can share what they’re reading with the world. “It’s Monday! What are you Reading?” is a meme co-hosted by Jen and Kellee at Teach Mentor Texts. Just like #booksaroundtheroom, it is a way to share books you’ve been reading, reviewing, and loving during the last week. I read a lot, both on my own and with my two kids, Corbchops (4.8) and The Iza (2.73). I’m excited to hear what you’ve been reading.

Mon Reading Button PB to YA

Ah, vacation. What a pleasant time. I’ve spent it all sorts of ways, and one of them was reading. We visited my parents for a few days, which always helps my reading time. Grandparent time means I can relax on the couch with a book or two.

School starts again today, and it looks like a busy week. I’m excited to hear what my students have been reading.

Here’s what I’ve enjoyed during the last week:

Middle Grade:

I finished three middle grade novels last week.

  • Hold Fast, by Blue Balliett. There aren’t a lot of books about homelessness. This was a fun mystery.
  • A Tangle of Knots, by Lisa Graff. I really wanted to make some cake after reading this book.
  • Twerp, by Mark Goldblatt. A tight group of friends weather some bumps in this historical fiction.

Graphic Novels:

I finished two graphic novels last week. I love graphic novels!

Picture Books:

I read 6 picture books last week. My favorite three were:

Reviewed:

On the TMCE Guys Read blog, I reviewed The Water Castle, by Megan Frazer Blakemore.

AND

Right now When I finish this blog post, I’m reading:

King George: What Was His Problem?, by Steve Sheinkin

and

Energize Research Reading and Writing, by Christopher Lehman

SO

What are you reading?

It’s Monday, [April 1]! What are you reading?

I didn’t read a thing this week. I just got so sick of books, you know!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April Fools!

Every Most Mondays, I send out a #booksaroundtheroom via Twitter, so my students can share what they’re reading with the world. “It’s Monday! What are you Reading?” is a meme co-hosted by Jen and Kellee at Teach Mentor Texts. Just like #booksaroundtheroom, it is a way to share books you’ve been reading, reviewing, and loving during the last week. I read a lot, both on my own and with my two kids, Corbchops (4.78) and The Iza (2.71). I’m excited to hear what you’ve been reading.

Mon Reading Button PB to YA

Spring #bookaday has begun! It’s fun to read everyone’s IMWAYR posts over the last few weeks as different teachers and librarians have their Spring Breaks at different times. The amount of reading will surely fluctuate significantly as our daily duties shift.

In my classroom, we finished up our student-led conferences this week. I love these so much. I also spent a day at the Young Authors conference with 50 elementary writers, Royce Buckingham, and a few other local authors and illustrators.

We voted for our state book awards. We gave the Sasquatch Award to Cosmic, by Frank Cottrell Boyce, and the Young Readers Choice Award to The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, by Tom Angleberger. We’ll see soon who actually wins!

Here’s what I’ve enjoyed during the last week:

Middle Grade:

I finished three middle grade novels last week.

  • Crossing the Wire, by Will Hobbs. This was a reread for my Guys Read book club. Tons to talk about with this book!
  • One Came Home, by Amy Timberlake. I loved the voice and the imagery in this novel. I think of this as probably 6th grade and up, except for some select 5th graders. What do you think?
  • Cosmic, by Frank Cottrell Boyce. My class chose this as a read aloud from the award nominees. It was fun–lots of accents to try. Our class voting definitely got a bump from my reading it aloud.

Graphic Novels:

I finished three graphic novels last week. I love graphic novels!

  • Odd Duck, by Cecil Castelucci and Sara Varon. A pleasant all-ages tale.
  • Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong, by Prudence Shen and Faith Erin Hicks. I love Faith’s style, and this was a fun high school story.
  • Stickman Odyssey, Book 1: An Epic Doodle, by Christopher Ford. This was an interesting and sometimes humorous take on The Odyssey, but I definitely wasn’t blown away. I picked it up because Book 2 is a CBC Children’s Choice nominee. I’ll read Book 2 soon.

Picture Books:

I read 6 picture books last week. My favorite three were:

Reviewed:

On the TMCE Guys Read blog, I reviewed Timmy Failure, by Stephan Pastis.

AND

Right now When I finish this blog post, I’m reading:

Hold Fast, by Blue Balliett.

SO

What are you reading?