It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 1-20-14

Visit our hosts Jen & Kellee at Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers for their reviews as well as links to all the other bloggers participating in the book sharing fun!  There are so many new books to discover, and so many great conversations to be a part of!

Books I Read this Week:

Look Up!  Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard by Annette LeBlanc Cate
Candlewick Press, 2013
Nonfiction Informational
54 pages
Recommended for grades 3-6

I love this book!  The author did all her own illustrations, and at times they are detailed and meant to teach, at other times they are simply there to crack the reader up!  
Packed with information on topics like: coloring, shapes, sounds, diets, habitats and more.
This book will be certain to inspire young bird lovers to begin keeping notes and sketches of the birds they observe around their own homes.
Bottom line: Tons of information and plenty of laughs!

The Secret Pool by Kimberly Ridley, illustrated by Rebekah Raye
Tilbury House, 2013
Nonfiction Informational
32 pages
Recommended for grades 2-4

This book is designed similarly to the "A Place for" series.  Each two page spread has lovely detailed illustrations and a nonfiction sidebar giving deeper information about one or more of the animals featured on that page spread.  On the opposite page there is a passage of narrative writing told from the perspective of a vernal pool.

The Silver Six by A.J. Lieberman, illustrated by Darren Rawlings
Scholastic Graphix, 2013
Graphic Novel: Science Fiction
192 pages
Recommended for grades 3-6

A sci-fi tale set in future Boston.  Six orphans find themselves together and discover a secret connection between them: the death of their parents in a mysterious shuttle explosion a year earlier.  When the kids take off from Earth they make their way to a moon, and begin the journey to uncover the truth of their parents' deaths.  Fun with lovely bright illustrations.

I'm Currently Reading:

(Listening to, and loving!)


These ought to keep me going this week!

Have a wonderful reading week!  Thanks for stopping by!


  1. The Silver Six sounds perfect fo some of my struggling sixth graders - thanks for the introduction, Nicole.

  2. I've heard the audio of FAR FAR AWAY is amazing.

    1. Honestly, it is so good I want to make up excuses to drive around just so I can keep listening. The reader is superb and I'm connecting so much with the story. I don't know what it is exactly, but the writing certainly has a strong pull.

  3. I LOVED One Came Home - really not typical in any way! So engaging. Love the look of The Secret Pool - just marked it as TO Read. Thanks! Glad you like Far Far Away - just picked this up from the library!

    1. Oh my gosh, Far Far Away takes this wild turn- have fun with it. I just shared One Word Pearl with my class and just picked up Bear's Song, both of which I am pretty sure came from your recommendations!


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