Book Journey, Jen over at Teach Mentor Texts along with Kellee and Ricki at Unleashing Readers also host a kidlit version of It's Monday! What are You Reading?
I'm posting this a little late today because I just returned from an amazing weekend at the Michigan Reading Association conference in Grand Rapids. I had such a wonderful time hanging out with all my Nerdy Book Club friends and getting a chance to meet even more passionate, dedicated teachers.
If you want to see a taste of some of the shenanigans that went down at MRA, check out this hilarious video of Brian Wyzlic doing a dramatic reading of Click Clack Moo for the Nerdy Book Club.
Last week I reviewed:
The Secret Side of Empty by Maria E. Andreau (I'm also doing a giveaway of this book right now)
Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere by Julie T. Lamana
Some picture books I really enjoyed last week:
A Rock is Lively by Diana Hutts Aston, illustrated by Sylvia Long
As someone who is intimidated by science, I absolutely loved this book. The illustrations are stunning and mesmerizing.
Hi, Koo! by Jon J. Muth
Beautiful illustrations. There's something so peaceful and serene about Koo. Love this.
The Umbrella by Ingrid and Dieter Schubert
This wordless picture book is quite
reminiscent of Journey by Aaron Becker. In this story a little dog is
blown away in a red umbrella and goes on his own journey.
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
Woa! This book is a trip! I started reading it on Thursday and continued through the weekend of MRA and I was so happy my roommate Kristin was reading it too so we could talk about how absolutely crazy this book is -- in a good way. This is definitely one of those books that will go down in the category of "You're missing out on a cultural conversation if you don't read it." It really defies description.
Still reading with my ears:
Starters by Lissa Price
Posts from my teaching blog, Use Your Outside Voice, last week:
On education, scoring, and... skating?
Dear people who have never taught before: stop saying class size doesn't matter