Monday, September 22, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Join Jen at Teach Mentor Texts for this week's link up!

I am trying to read everything I can by Mac Barnett and I somehow missed President Taft is Stuck in the Bath earlier this year when it was released.    It was a really fun book and I loved the endnotes about the real story of President Taft.  And if you are not a huge Mac Barnett fan yet, you MUST watch this Ted Talk that he did about the power of story. Thanks to @PaulWHankins for sharing this talk!

I discovered Winter is Coming by Tony Johnston during my last Cover to Cover visit.  This will be a great book to use during Writing Workshop-I love all of the amazing language and the idea of capturing things in a notebook.  Looking forward to sharing this one later this fall.

I've been hearing lots about The Lion and the Bird by Marianne Dubuc and was not disappointed when I picked up my copy.  This is a great story of friendship that will invite lots of conversation. It reminded me a bit of two of my favorite picture books, South and How to Heal a Broken Wing.  Definitely one I'll use to talk about universal themes. 

I reread Sisters by Raina Telgemeir this week.  I planned our first 3 Books and Breakfast events (book clubs before school around one book each month) and I chose Sisters as the 2nd book.  I wanted to include a graphic novel early on and this one seemed to give us lots to talk about.  I showed this book trailer to my students on Friday and there was a lot of interest in this book.


  1. I haven't seen that TED Talk yet so thank you for sharing!

  2. I don't quite understand the love that students have for Telgemeier. If I handed them a non-graphic novel about a girl who sustains a serious dental injury, they would think I was nuts! I feel like I need to read the Taft book since I lived in Cincinnati and went to college on a Taft scholarship!

  3. Thank you for sharing the Mac Barnett Ted Talk, Franki! My next library request is his whale book--Did you call and leave a message for the whale? Mac Barnett is truly hilarious--No lie!

  4. That TED talk is on my post today! :-) I have Telephone in my reviews - another great one by him. I haven't read President Taft yet, though. Sisters is a big hit in my classroom right now!

  5. We loved The Lion and the Bird too. Thanks for telling us about Winter is Coming. We are always looking for texts to give writers' ideas for using their writing notebooks in meaningful ways.


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