I've been looking forward to Louise Borden's book Baseball Is . . . ...for a LONG TIME! Louise is a great friend of mine and I love every book she's written. This one is EXTRA FABULOUS! I loved it. My kids loved it. Even my husband loved it. Just an amazing celebration of baseball. So much information with Louise's poetic style. A definite must-have for almost every age!
For some reason, I have not had much time to really dig in and read lately. But with a 3 day weekend last week, I decided to spend much of Monday on the couch reading a book on my stack. One of the books I'd been hearing lots about was A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd (@_natalielloyd). WOW! WOW! WOW! I so loved this book. It was as good as everyone is saying it is. A perfectly wonderful read. The story is about Felicity Pickle, who moves into Midnight Gulch with her mother and her sister. This is a magical town and Felicity falls in love with it immediately. But her mother is a wanderer so she worries that they won't stay. This book gave me the same feeling that Because of Winn-Dixie gave me the first time I read it. There is something about the language and the characters and the feeling of the book that are all just right. I can't believe that this is Natalie Lloyd's first novel. She is one brilliant writer and I am already excited to see what she writes next. A must read middle grade novel FOR SURE!
I am anxiously awaiting Meenoo Rami's (@meenoorami) upcoming professional book, Thrive: 5 Ways to (Re)Invigorate Your Teaching . Heinemann has posted a sample chapter for readers so I read that this week. The chapter they released is one on mentors and it is brilliant! Such a fresh look at mentors in our teaching. I can't wait to read the rest of this book when it is released in March!
NCTE tweeted out this great Lego article with infographic this week. Colby Sharp has me interested in the study of infographics with my students so I paid closer attention than usual. This is an amazing info graphic!
And after a great chat on Twitter with Tony Keefer (@tonykeefer) and Niki Barnes (@daydreamreader) about how little Adult Fiction I fit into my reading life, I definitely need to include more Adult Fiction into my reading life. Of the 776 books I've marked read on Goodreads, only 8 are adult fiction. UGH! I decided to forget the rest of my TBR stack and read Adult Fiction. I've had The Snow Child: A Novel on my list for months and figured I might as well read it while it is still snow and cold. It does not seem like a spring/summer read. But the book is already sad so I think I'm going to put it back on my stack and try something else.