Monday, March 11, 2019

The Missing Piece of Charlie O'Reilly *Blog Tour & Giveaway*

The Missing Piece of Charlie O'Reilly Blog Tour Dates & Stops:

March 8 Nerdy Book Club @nerdybookclub

March 9 The Book Monsters @TheBookMonsters

March 11 LitCoach Lou @litcoachlou

March 12 Bluestocking Thinking @BlueSockGirl

March 14 Maria’s Mélange @mariaselke

March 15 Unleashing Readers @unleashreaders

March 29 Writers’ Rumpus @kirsticall

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Monday, February 18, 2019

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 2-18-19

Thanks to our dynamic hosts: Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kelle at Unleashing Readers. Head to either blog to find reviews as well as dozens of links to other blogs filled with reviews and recommendations!

Books I've Recently Read:

The Lost Girl by Anne Ursu
Walden Pond Press, February 2019

I posted here about this amazing new novel!

Lost in the Antarctic: The doomed voyage of the Endurance by Tod Olson
Scholastic, January 2019
209 pages
Recommended for grades 4+

This is the first title I've read in the Lost series, but I'm thinking it's time I start adding them to my classroom library! This story of Shackleton's voyage is full of interesting, and harsh, information. I kept ripping my bookmark to make markers for parts I wanted to mention. So, here's a taste of what you'll find inside:
The photograph of Grytviken Whaling Station on South Georgia Island is at once amazing and heartbreaking. The descriptions of the sights and smells stayed with me.
There's a photograph of the crew playing soccer on the ice in an effort to pass the time and boost morale. The stark image of the ship in the background reminds us that we never know what a new day will bring, or take away.
The poor penguins.
The poor dogs.
I'd say the poor men, but they willingly signed up for that trip, in what seems like a major waste of national resources to me. I'm still puzzling over what on this trip was worth risking their lives for, and worth living in torturous conditions for. Still puzzling.

Kid Gloves: Nine months of careful chaos by Lucy Knisley 
First Second, February 2019
256 pages

Oh my goodness, I love this one so much. I'm no stranger to Knisley's work, but after reading this book (in one sitting) I feel like I know her deeply. This truly touching and raw story of Lucy's journey to womanhood and motherhood is one that we often keep hidden inside. It wasn't until I became pregnant, and then a mother, that so many unknowns came to light. We do a poor job of being real about these things here in America. Luckily I found an amazing support system of women through my journey-all of which I wish I could give this book to.
I don't know how I would have felt reading this book pre-baby, or during pregnancy. It might have frightened me, to be honest. I do know how I feel about this book as a mother of two small kids-I feel all the love for it. I cried at parts, from sadness and an aching pain for Lucy, to utter joy for her and her husband. Ugh, I just want to go read it again! And I also want to remember to treat myself with 'kid gloves' when needed.

I love it so much I've just got to share it!

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I'm excited to be teaming up with Walden Pond Press and taking part in The Missing Piece of Charlie O'Reilly Blog Tour next month! You know there will be a giveaway!

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

*The Lost Girl* Blog Tour & Giveaway!

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 1: Teach Mentor Texts
MONDAY FEBRUARY 4: Maria’s Melange
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 6: Bluestocking Thinking
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 8: Unleashing Readers
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 10: Fat Girl Reading
MONDAY FEBRUARY 11: Word Spelunker
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 12: Nerdy Book Club

Monday, February 4, 2019

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 2-4-19

Thanks to our dynamic hosts: Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kelle at Unleashing Readers. Head to either blog to find reviews as well as dozens of links to other blogs filled with reviews and recommendations!

Books I've Recently Read:

Cogheart by Peter Bunzl
Jolly Fish Press, February 2019
368 pages
Recommended for grades 4-6

Originally published in England, the first Cogheart adventure is hitting American shelves February 12th. This steampunk adventure will have readers thoroughly engrossed in a world that isn't, but *shiver* could be? Would we create and live alongside mechanical people and animals if we could? What would it reveal about us as individuals? As humans?

Lily fears her father is lost for good, taken out by those after her father's greatest invention and secret. Lily needs to trust to survive, but it is her desire to trust that could destroy everything her father worked to protect.
The daring escapes and deadly fights are balanced with tender moments of love and loss, which will bring appeal to a wide array of readers. 

Check out more on this series, or visit this delightful website simply to enjoy its whimsy.

The Lost Girl by Anne Ursu
Walden Pond Press, February 2019
368 pages
Recommended for grades 4-7

Also hitting bookstores on the 12th, the newest novel by Anne Ursu! I'll be posting on The Lost Girl Blog Tour on the 6th. Stop back for my thoughts and for a chance to win a copy!

Beep and Bob: Too Much Space by Jonathan Roth
Aladdin, 2018
104 pages
Recommended for grades 2-4

I'm always looking to add to the sci-fi collection in my classroom library. Well, this series is a perfect fit. Book 1 introduces readers to Bob, the boy with the most plain name in space. Surrounded by peers with names like Blaster and Zenith, Bob is aware of his social standings, and they don't start off too well. His one friend is an alien orphan that thinks Bob is his mother. But have no fear, by the end of book 1 relationships are forming, and things are looking up for Bob.
I'm a fan of the covers, they are very appealing visually and have a nice feel to them, which matters! 
I look forward to book talking them this week.

These are ridiculous and hilarious. And depending on who you are, you may find them to be more of one than the other!

Are you familiar with Roaring Brook Press's Pocket Bio series? Short biographies organized accessibly for young readers. Looking to get kids' feet wet with the genre? These would make a great introduction.

If you had students writing biographies I'd recommend them as a mentor text. 

Waiting for Pumpsie by Barry Wittenstein, illustrated by London Ladd
Charlesbridge, 2017
Narrative Nonfiction/Historical Fiction
32 pages

    Did you know that the Boston Red Sox were the last major league team to integrate? It was 12 years after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball when the Red Sox finally pulled Pumpsie Green up from the minors. And they are thought to have done it because fans and civil-rights groups were becoming more vocal about their disappointment in the Sox. 
Don’t you just love picture books. Now I know this new bit of history and I can’t wait to bring it into my classroom to share with students.

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Released in January, so you can feel almost as cold as these guys did, while you're reading it.

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Monday, January 14, 2019

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 1-14-19

Thanks to our dynamic hosts: Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kelle at Unleashing Readers. Head to either blog to find reviews as well as dozens of links to other blogs filled with reviews and recommendations!

Books I Read this Week:

Science Comics: Polar Bears: Survival on the Ice by Jason Viola
Illustrated bu Zack Giallongo
First Second, 2019
119 pages
Recommended for grades 3+

I may have said this before, but I can't share this book without repeating myself: I love the Science Comics series!
In this latest installment readers will follow a mother polar bear and her two young cubs, Anik and Ila. The cubs are being taught all there is to know about being a polar bear and surviving in their Arctic home. From eating and hunting (types of seals, which parts to eat, hunting techniques and methods), to interacting with other bears (who to avoid, body language, finding a mate), to the various types of ice (how they move, when they change, what aquatic creatures gather in the base layer).
I learned so much about polar bears, and the story, design, and layout all worked beautifully together.

Bad Kitty: Kitten Trouble by Nick Bruel
Roaring Brook Press, December 2018
160 pages
Recommended for grades 3-5

She's back, and this time Kitty is displeased with her human's decision to welcome some new kittens into the house. Trouble has broken out in a nearby neighborhood, and it isn't safe for the kittens to be there. Kitty must open up her home to these displaced kittens, and she isn't feeling hospitable. 
Uncle Murray makes an appearance to teach Kitty about the perks of meeting and learning about new people-and cats.
If you're starting to sense there may be some connection to Kitty's newest story and some American's thoughts, opinions, and actions, I'd say you're quite right.

Enter HERE to win my ARC!

I'm Currently Reading:

I'm slotted for an early February post on this title-look for the post and a giveaway opportunity!

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