Monday, June 04, 2012
It's Monday! What Are You Reading?
(Thanks to Jen and Kellee at TEACH MENTOR TEXTS for creating this great tradition and for rounding up the week's reading!)
It was a good reading week. I started #bookaday and am excited about having a little more time to catch up on reading. I finished GRACELING by Kristin Cashore which I loved. I love a good fairy tale/fantasy and will probably read the next two in the series too. Definitely as good as Jen and Kellee told me it was when they convinced me to read it!
My #bookaday choices have been mostly short books as the days are already busy. But I created a stack of quick reads for this purpose. This week I read two graphic novels. FANGBONE by Michael Rex is one I heard about on a few Twitter chats. It is a fun story of a Barbarian who travels forward in time to a school in order to protect an important treasure. It was a fun read and one that middle graders will love. I also had the chance to read the new SQUISH (The Power of the Parasite). This might be my favorite of the three. I like that I can come to expect certain things from these books and the humor has a sophistication that I love.
I also finished my first professional read of the summer: PUBLIC TEACHING: ONE KID AT A TIME by Penny Kittle. This was one that I just recently discovered. I am a huge fan of Penny Kittle and her work and had somehow missed this book. It was the PERFECT book for summer and one to re- energize teachers. Even though it was written in 2003, it is very timely. It is really a reminder of who we are and why we teach. Penny shares story after story of students --the stories are genuine and honest. It is a book of both reflection and celebration and one that helped reground me.
CAPTURE THE FLAG by Kate Messner
KEEPING SAFE THE STARS by Sheila O'Connor