Saturday, February 12, 2011

IMM (16)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.  The idea is to connect with other bloggers and book lovers to see what everyone is reading.  Books don't have to literally come in your mailbox.  They can be books you checked out at the library, bought at the bookstore, or downloaded to your e-reader.  The idea is just to share what's new on your immediate TBR pile. 

This was a great book week for me:
For Review:
The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander

I had a mom come up to me after school one day last week and said, "I have an assignment for you.  I've heard that if you have Borders gift cards you should spend them ASAP in case they go bankrupt.  I know what a great classroom library you have so if I give you $100 in gift cards, will you spend them by this weekend?"

DUH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Of course I will!  :o)  These are the books I bought for my classroom library:

Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love by Larry Levin (I'm a sucker for dog books and word has it, this one won't make you cry at the end)
I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (wish I hadn't bought this one now that I know the smarmy way it was written)

The Mermaid's Mirror by L.K. Madigan
The Brooklyn Nine by Alan Gratz

The Order of Odd Fish by James Kennedy
Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan

The Odyssey: A Graphic Novel by Garreth Hinds

One by Kathryn Otoshi
Zero by Kathyrn Otoshi

I always try to stop by my town's library on a Tuesdays because their used book store is open when I stop by after work.  I always get tons of goodies for my classroom library whenever I stop there.  This week was no different: (Notice the beer bottle in the background to give the picture that touch of class :p  Oops!)
 Impulse by Ellen Hopkins
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
How to Rule the School by Kathryn Lay
Moccasin Trail by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
Flipped by Wendelin van Draanen
The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
Chasing the Falconers 1-4, 6 by Gordan Korman
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Dogs Don't Tell Jokes by Louis Sachar
Devoured by Amanda Marrone 

And finally, this is one my favorite things book-related I received this week.  I went upstairs to our school's library earlier this week to talk to the librarian and I noticed there was an empty, rotating book rack just sitting there.  It had formerly been filled with all the library's paperbacks, but they have recently been moved to some available bookshelf space.  Since my classroom bookshelves are filling up quickly, I asked the librarian if she was getting rid of the rack.  She said, "Why, do you want it?"  I practically yelled the word YES!  She said, "It's yours."

So now I am now the current owner of my very own rotating book rack:
My students said to me the other day, "Mrs. S, your room is starting to look more like a library than a classroom."  Better yet, they said this statement with excitement and pride.  As one of my friends on Facebook said, "Surround them with enough books and they won't even know they're learning."  That is precisely the idea!


  1. What an awesome rotating rack! I wish I had one... my bookshelves have already filled up and there are stacks of books everywhere in my room!

  2. Hey, thanks for getting "The Order of Odd-Fish" for your classroom! (This is the author, James Kennedy). I see you're in Canton, MI -- I'm originally from Troy, MI (though I live in Chicago now) so I'm often back in your neck of the woods. If you're interested in having me come in and talk to the students, I'd be delighted to.

    OH AND -- I put together a reader's guide / class curriculum for "The Order of Odd-Fish" that you can download in PDF form here:

    Enjoy! And I hope you enjoy the book!

  3. I love that you got the spinning rack, and I love your students' reaction to your classroom!!!!!

  4. Hi James!

    Thanks so much for your response! I'm not sure there's money in the budget for an author visit this year. I will have to talk to my principal about it. Maybe we could arrange something for next school year.

  5. Oh wow...a million great books! I especially want to read Mermaid's Mirror and Ooogy.
    My IMM

  6. Mermaid's Mirror is magic.

    Happy Mailboxing!

    Here's what I got IMM:


    Gabrielle Carolina

  7. awesome books and, score on the book rack! nice! happy reading!

  8. Wow, great selection this week! And I LOVE the rotating book rack!!! :) Enjoy!

    Lisa @ Lost in Literature
    In My Mailbox

  9. Very nice! I've had my eye of The Mermaid's Mirror for a while. Happy Reading!

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads
    My IMM

  10. First, your library has an awesome selection of used books! Those are some great finds!
    Also, how awesome is the parent that gave you the $100 Borders card. And back when i was teaching I would have LOVED to have one of those rotating book racks! Heck I would like one now! haha

  11. Looks like you have some good books. I've been wanting to get Mermaids mirror for awhile now. neat book spinner thing

  12. I TOTALLY want a rotating book rack. Wonder if I can find one on ebay!!