It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 5-23-16

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!

I'm writing this in bed tonight, stretching far around my belly to reach the keys. In a few hours baby #2's due date will arrive. I am going to fall asleep tonight with positive vibes focused around his arrival tomorrow! There have been a few "signs" that the time is upon us. Like a car at my husband's work today with the baby's name on the license plate (that's a pretty solid one), my almost 2 year old giving the "baby" three kisses before bed (does NOT happen every night) and finally, my best friend, and delivery room champion, texting me just now to say her work schedule miraculously cleared up for tomorrow. Fingers crossed!

And, if no such luck, at least I'm in the middle of a good book.

Books I Read this Week:

Ms. Bixby's Last Day
by John David Anderson
Walden Pond Press, 2016
Realistic Fiction
320 pages
Recommended for grades 4-7

I am delighted to be a part of this book's blog tour next month. I will save my thoughts until then, but I will say this much: If you have a special educator in your life, send this book to them as a thank you. 
More to come on this one!

Cody and the Mysteries of the Universe
by Tricia Springstubb
illustrated by Eliza Wheeler (She illustrated one of the best books ever: Dollbones!)
Candlewick Press, 2016
Realistic Fiction
144 pages
Recommended for grades 2-4

I missed out on the first book, Cody and the Fountain of Happiness, so thank goodness this one came my way! I doubt you could read this book and not fall in love with Cody. She is loyal, thoughtful, blundering and real. I would highly recommend this new series to grades 2-4. I am always on the lookout for books that will interest my striving fourth grade readers. The short length, interesting story, supporting illustrations, and great white space on the pages will make this book appealing to readers. I will be adding this (and the first) to my classroom library!

 I'm Currently Reading (and loving):

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  1. Oh, I have heard good things about Just Like Me. Glad to hear you're loving it.

    Fingers crossed you get a baby tomorrow!

  2. Here's hoping you've had that baby by now! My boys are teenagers now, but I remember when they were both small. Hard work but good times. I am going to look for the Coby books -- they look delightful.

  3. Well I will say this work is nice and the post is good


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