Monday, December 12, 2011

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

I decided to join Jen and Kellee at TEACH MENTOR TEXTS, Katherine at READ, WRITE, REFLECT and others for this meme this week.

It has been a slow reading week.  I've had lots of evening events, meetings, etc. Add that to getting ready for the holidays and I have had very little time for reading.

Last week, I finished
SPARROW ROAD by Sheila O'Connor.  As you probably know, I am working to get through a few more of the books on Anderson's Bookshop Mock Newbery list before January.  I still have lots of 2011 books I'd love to get to but I'm not sure how many I'll have time for.  With that said, I am so glad that I made time for SPARROW ROAD. This was definitely one of my favorite middle grade novels of the year. It is the story of Raine and her summer at Sparrow Road. Raine's mother decided that the two of them will be spending the summer at Sparrow Road, an artists' retreat.  Raine is not thrilled about the idea but quickly makes friends and tries to solve the mystery of the people who used to live there. This is a story of friendship, family, loss, and acceptance.  Definitely one of my favorites of 2011.

I read a few picture books this week.
GOOD LITTLE WOLF by Nadia Shireen is a fun picture book about a good little wolf who meets a big bad wolf.  The big bad wolf tries to convince the good little wolf to be bad. A fun book with a surprise ending.

I am always looking to add to my wordless book collection. This week, I picked up HOCUS POCUS by Sylvie Desrosiers. This is a fun wordless book that has a Tom and Jerry feel. The format is more of a graphic novel format and the story is a fun one.  Many of the wordless books I have tend to have a more serious tone but this one is pretty fun so I am glad to add that variety to my collection.

HUGS FROM PEARL by Paul Schmid is another fun picture book that I'm anxious to share with students. Pearl loves to give hugs but the problem is, she's a porcupine and her hugs tend to cause her friends pain!  Not to worry, Pearl comes up with a great solution.

I also picked up GIANT POP OUT FOOD (Chronicle). Who doesn't like a good pop-up book?  My first graders have doing lots of reading like writers--really looking at books and thinking about what the writer did and how they might try something similar in their own writing.  I thought this series of books might stretch them a few of them a new direction by giving them a new type of writing to try.  Or they just might enjoy the fun riddles and pop-out illustrations.

I am currently reading the middle grade novel THE AVIARY by Kathleen O'Dell.  This is one from the Anderson's Mock Newbery list. I don't know that I would have picked it up had it not been on Anderson's list and I am really enjoying it.  Hoping to finish this one this week.

After that, I imagine I'll read another from Anderson's list--maybe LUCK OF THE BUTTONS or THE APOTHECARY....


  1. I am reading The Dragon's Tooth by N.D. Wilson and listeing to Divergent by Veronica Roth. Just finished Bookspeak - poems about books by Laura Purdie Salas and am looking forward to The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce.
    You'll love Apothecary!

  2. I downloaded "War and Peace" by Leo Tolstoy from All You Can Books and I read it in two was so cool. Now I don't know which book is next, but something with adventure for sure. I'm also happy that holidays are near and I can lecture much more, because I don't have much time dedicated to read books... It's my favorite thing to do in my spare time.

  3. Sparrow Road is on my to read list - after your review and Paul Hankins comments on it. Pearl looks adorable! I haven't gotten the time to read much lately either, but hopefully will on holiday break which begins on Friday afternoon. (Not that I'm counting) :)

  4. I'm having trouble reading lately, too. Life is just too busy right now. I really want to read the Pearl book. She looks so cute. I love it. Looks like a good February/Valentine's Day book to me! :)

  5. I'm finishing off the Percy Jackson series and reading The Last Olympian! =D


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