Sunday, November 19, 2017

Christmas Picture Books!


What a delight to open a box full of Christmas books! I was truly zipped right back to childhood as I poured through the pages of these books. I look forward to sharing these books with my students, my own children, and anyone else looking for new holiday titles!
Do you have a special way of displaying your holiday books? As a child my mother had wrapped the top and bottom of a large sturdy box and it held our Christmas books. I remember being so excited to see that box each year. The magic never faded. I was gifted a lovely painted wooden crate for my family's holiday books. I hold such fondness to my childhood memory that I also plan to recreate it for my own children. Luckily I have a book collection habit, so we will more than fill both book storage options! 

If you're looking to keep building your holiday book collection, check out these new offerings from Candlewick Press. Then, enter below for a chance to win one!

My 3 year old is obsessed with the original edition of this story. He is going to flip when he sees this special edition! 

Matt Tavares is from Maine, which means that from time to time our paths cross...when I hunt him down for book signings. Tavares' artwork is stunning, always, so I couldn't have been more exited to find out that he was working on a Christmas book!
Red and Lulu, a pair of cardinals, live happily in a large pine tree in the suburbs, until their tree is eyed for a special purpose. Problems arise when Red and Lulu become separated. 

I first thought this was an Elf on the Shelf story, but it is not. This one I'd recommend for the crowd under 7. A young girl wakes up on Christmas Eve, hears noises downstairs, and creeps down to investigate.

Adorable board book with moving parts. I had fun sharing this one with my 3 year old!

Follows the story of a fairy learning to be a Christmas fairy. Things don't go so smoothly for this little fairy.

Perhaps my new favorite of the year! From picking the tree to decorating the tree, what's not to love? One of the most exciting parts of preparing for Christmas is depicted in vintage inspired illustrations that I just love!

If you are a fan of this series I know you'll be excited to get your hands on this one! Bear has agreed to have a Christmas party but he's never had one before. His idea of what happens at the party might just differ from Mouse's ideas.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 11-13-17


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!

Today I'm sharing a few picture books I've recently read and enjoyed, as well as a novel I've been meaning to share out on. 

Peachtree, 2017

A sweet story about a class saying goodbye to a retiring teacher. The book takes readers through the end of the year pack-up, with less excitement of summer vacation, and more permanence, as the children work through the idea of not seeing Mrs. McBee at school next year.

Tundra Books, 2017

When I read this little story about a puzzle piece looking to find a place to fit, someplace wild and exciting, I liked it. When I read it out loud to my students, I loved it. A book that all us can relate to, because at one point or another, we have not fit in the way we wanted.

Boyds Mills Press, 2017

Such fun! It was fun to read this one aloud, watching and listening to the children's reactions. What is imagined and what is real dance together on the page for an exciting and joy-inducing experience!

Inspired by Carrie at There's a Book for That, I have been displaying our book-a-day choices and giving the students some voice in their favorites. I love how Carrie is extending her choices into weekly themes with lessons/take-aways and student reflection.
Here are our choices from last week:

Candlewick Press, 2017
464 pages
Recommended for grades 4-7



My thoughts: I couldn't wait to open this book and dive into its pages. The cover and write-up certainly intrigued me. Then the setting pulled me in deeper. There's something I can't resist about a dark and depressing orphanage. I am interested to see where this book goes as it transforms into a film because the book felt a little wild to me once the characters escaped the home. The twists and turns and layers of characters, many of which come and go just when you need them, didn't flow as I expected.

I would love to hear your thoughts. And to help me hear your thoughts I'm opening up a drawing for my advanced reader copy.

Drawing will close Sunday evening.


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