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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Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Hey you!!! How are you? Lovely to see your post here today. I am trying to be a consistent IMWAYR blogger again. Life gets busy. I can't wait to read Flashlight Night. Have heard it is beautiful. I have Wonderling on my shelf and am hoping to delve in during winter break.

    1. Hey to you, too!! How am I? Well, we transitioned a toddler to a big boy bed, tackled the time change, and have begun potty home is busy! New school, so there's that. Even though I am not posting as much as I'd like, I still get email updates for your posts, so I get a glimpse into your lovely classroom and mind from time to time :) I love watching you evolve as a teacher, it teaches ME so much! Thank you :)

  2. Those pictures books look lovely -- I will see if our library has them.

  3. Nicole, thank you for including "Flashlight" on your list - I really appreciate it, and am so glad you and the students enjoyed it! And Carrie, if you do get a chance to read it, please let me know what you think!

    1. The students will think it's so cool that you commented here. (I think it's cool, too!)


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