Reading, Teaching, Learning

Monday, April 7, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

These are memes started by Teach Mentor Texts and Book Journey, and I'm excited to participate, along with many other bloggers, in reviewing books I read the previous week. I'll be reviewing picture books through adult books. 
  

PICTURE BOOKS

Maple




What a sweet story! I have a soft spot for trees, so Maple's friendship with her tree seems perfectly natural to me. This is a great book to share to talk about circular structure and personification. Beautiful illustrations!   This book reminds me of Sophie's Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller.
Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons
                           2014-book, alphabet-or-counting-book, picture-book, poetry, seasons
                    

Perfect for National Poetry Month!  Clever and sweet compilations of haiku (with which Muth explains he took liberties, concentrating on sensory details instead of rules) encompassing all the letters of the alphabet and seasons. Koo is adorable.
MIDDLE GRADE
Mr. Popper's Penguins
Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater


I listened to the audio of this book, which I'm embarrassed to say I've never read until now! It's a cute story about a frustrated adventurer and explorer, Mr. Popper. The penguins are adorable, and their antics are hilarious, but the whole thing (especially the Poppers' marriage and roles) seems quite outdated now.  Students still enjoy it, though.
SPIN CAMS OF WHAT MY STUDENTS ARE READING
http://spincam.net/s/flrp


http://spincam.net/s/jsty

 
CURRENTLY READING
Grasshopper Jungle
CURRENTLY LISTENING TO
Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking: A 14 Day Mystery The Selection (The Selection, #1)

My family loves to read, too!

My husband:

Kill Shot (Mitch Rapp, #2)

My mom:

Gemini

My dad:
 The Man From Texas by Lee Floren

 Katie:

Daisy Miller

Libby:

Front Cover

What are YOU reading this week?

18 comments:

  1. Can't, can't, can't wait for Hi, Koo!! Being shipped my way now... Maple looks precious. Enjoy those books in progress! :)

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  2. I just loved Maple! Loved the story, beautiful illustrations! I have Grasshopper Jungle waiting for me. I've heard quite a buzz about that one! I bought Gemini too! You'll have to let me know what your mom thinks of it :)

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  3. Hi Holly, I am just getting into my poetry unit. Hi-Koo would be perfect. Maple looks just adorable! Thanks for sharing these.

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    1. You definitely need Hi, Koo! for your unit. :-)

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  4. Hi, Koo and Maple both look like beautiful picture books. Put them on my TBR :)
    I NEED to get to Grasshopper Jungle one day. I can't wait as everyone loves it.

    Happy reading this week! :)

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    1. Be prepared for Grasshopper Jungle....it's quite creepy.

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  5. Must get Maple & Hi Koo, so cute to see, Holly. And Grasshopper Jungle is on my list. Wow, How can I read faster! Thanks for these, & for the family reads too.

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  6. Maple looks adorable. I have a few trees I love! I am curious about The Selection. The covers of these books are so gorgeous. Love the photos of your kids with their books! They sure are reading some fantastic titles! Those spin cams made me dizzy! :-)

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    1. The Selection reminds me of "The Bachelor." ;-)

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  7. Yep, I posted on your IMWAYR from last week. I thought to myself, "Hmmm…I thought she read that last week too, but maybe I didn't notice that she was midway through." Can I just say how obsessed I am with these SPIN CAMs? They are so awesome. I can't wait to share them with my pre-service teacher students. :)

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    1. Yeah, oops on the wrong link. Sorry! The Spin Cams are fun! No matter how many times I do them, the kids are still excited to see them. ;-)

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  8. Zen Shorts is a favorite of mine, so I'm excited to read Hi Koo. I always read Mr. Popper's Penguins to my 3rd graders and they loved it!

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    1. I know students like Mr. Popper's Penguins! I felt badly about not loving it.

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  9. Hi there Holly. Jon Muth is a favourite and I've been seeing Hi Koo being featured for quite awhile now. I hope I can find it in our libraries soon. Mr Popper's Penguins also looks like a winner - what wondrous photographs of your students with their books - that's truly precious. Hope you're enjoying Grasshopper Jungle!

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