Monday, March 05, 2012
It's Monday! What Are You Reading?
I feel like I am back into reading a bit more these days! I loved Teri Lesesne's post on the Stenhouse blog on Reigniting the Passion. I especially appreciated her point about taking a break from reading. Sometimes I have so much to do that I can't give myself time to read and I feel guilty either way. Giving myself permission to take a break sometimes helps! I had a great reading week. This week I finished
SEE YOU AT HARRY'S by Jo Knowles. This is an amazing book but a devastating read. It is one of the hardest books I've ever read and I have not stopped thinking about it. I won't say much but the story is one of family, love and loss. And it is told so well. The book is being marketed to ages 10+ but I am thinking it is more 12+. Not sure though so I'd love to hear what others think. Really, an amazing book and one I would highly recommend--a must read. But just be ready for a hard read.
I read lots of picture books. My favorite of the week was Z IS FOR MOOSE by Kelly Bingham. What a fun alphabet book! I am so happy to add this to my ABC book collection. This is such fun. Mary Lee talked me into this one with her review!
CRAFTY CHLOE by Kelly DiPucchio at Cover to Cover this weekend. I love Kelly DiPucchio so was happy to see a new one from her. This book is about Chloe, who loves to make things. I love it for lots of reasons--I loved the character. I loved the value the story places on making things and creativity. I am going to be working with 1st graders on how-to writing so this book will be a perfect conversation starter. There is a website that goes along with this book that will hopefully build to include lots of crafts for readers to try!
I am so excited that Kevin Henkes added a new mouse to his characters. I loved PENNY AND HER SONG and will be reading it to classes this week or next. I love the quiet story, the short chapters and this addition to the Henkes books.
I had not had time to read THESE HANDS by Margaret Mason and kept meaning to. So glad I read it this week. A very powerful book.
Right now, I am reading a few things. I am reading THE HUMMING ROOM by Ellen Potter. I love Potter's writing and since this book is closely related to THE SECRET GARDEN, I am excited about it. I am about 1/3 of the way through and I love the character. Looking forward to finishing this.
I am also reading PROJECT BASED LEARNING IN THE ELEMENTARY GRADES. I registered for a workshop on the topic in June and thought I'd read a bit first.
And, I did finally finish HEALTH AT EVERY SIZE by Linda Bacon. I am glad I read it. It made sense to me--the philosophy of health over weight loss goals seems like a smart way to live.
There are several books on my To-Be-Read Stack:
THE FALSE PRINCE by Jennifer Nielsen and one of my 5th graders read it. When I found it back on my table, there was a post it on top of the book that said, "One of the best books I've read in a long time." So, it has made its way to the top end of my stack!
CITIZEN SCIENTISTS by Loree Griffin Burns with me and it looks like a great nonfiction read. I think it will be a great one to share with upper elementary students to connect with their science work.
I keep hearing about CROW by Barbara Wright and want to read that one soon. And I want to read NERD CAMP since I'd heard about it from CYBILS.
Finally, I have a copy of Ellin Keene's newest book called TALK ABOUT UNDERSTANDING: RETHINKING CLASSROOM TALK TO ENHANCE COMPREHENSION and it looks amazing. I think talk is the key to great learning and I can't wait to hear what Ellin has to say about this topic.
See what others are reading today at TEACH MENTOR TEXTS:-)