Sunday, June 29, 2014

It's Monday, What Are You reading?-June 31, 2014

Please visit the amazing blogs: Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers who host this terrific meme each week.

Thank you to my friend Susan Dee for hooking me up with these two picture books last week. 
by Nina Laden
Illustrated by Renata Lewska
An adorable book about memories. Does a feather remember it was once a bird? Does a letter remember it was once a word? Many opportunities to stop and discuss. Good for Grades K-3.

by Alan Rabinowitz
Illustrated by Catia Chien
This non-fiction picture book was so inspiring. It is the true story of Alan Rabinowitz, a boy who struggles with stuttering. Will review further on Wednesday.

by R.J. Palacio
I actually finished this a couple of weeks ago, but forgot to include it in my post. My students and I enjoyed reading this addition to Wonder. I have to admit, I expected to understand and like Julian more while reading it, but I did not (well not a lot anyway). It does have a nice ending. 

Currently Reading

This is a re-read for the Southern Maine Writing Project. Enjoying it again!

Currently Listening

What Are YOU Reading Friends?

15 comments:

  1. Loved Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus Trilogy. If The Screaming Staircase is anything like that fantasy novel, I would be sure to pick this up too. Once Upon a Memory looks like a soft, gentle book. I hope I find it in our libraries. :)

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  2. I am reading Explicit Teaching, Same Kind of Different as Me, and Unbroken. I cannot keep up with my wish list.

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  3. Looks like lots of great books! I had the same experience with the Julian chapter... haven't shared it with students yet.

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  4. The Screaming Staircase was SO good. More of a rainy day/winter read than a summer one. The sequel was good as well. I'm bummed about the Julian Chapter and how to get it to students.

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  5. I just read the Quiet Book which I featured for today's meme so Once Upon a Memory caught my idea immediately as it's the same illustrator and animals! Have to check that out along with A Boy and A Jaguar!

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  6. I have A Boy and a Jaguar from the library but haven't read it yet. Based on your review and Holly's from last Wednesday, I can't wait to read it!

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  7. I just ordered A Boy and A Jaguar form the library because I'm reading Paperboy right now and it's about a boy who stutters. Thanks for the title.

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  8. A Boy and A Jaguar was so amazing - and I thought the text and illustrations worked together so well! As I was reading it I thought both Schneider Family Award and Sibert Award...

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  9. I've had the Barry Lane book on my shelf for awhile--ought to read it. I am always trying to figure out ways to get my college freshmen motivated or just willing to revise. Maybe more structured exercises and activities might help? I have seen Boy and Jaguar featured in several Monday posts over the past few weeks, and you know what that makes me want to do. BUY IT! RIGHT NOW! And now that it's been mentioned together with my two favorite book awards, the Schneider and Sibert, I REALLY want to buy it!

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  10. We absolutely loved The Julian Chapter - It gives readers such an important message about understanding different perspectives. We are definitely going to read A Boy and a Jaguar. Thanks for the suggestions.

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  11. I have not gotten around to the Julian chapter yet - but you make me curious. Wonder was such a complete book, I shall have to see how this segment fits into the narrative.

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  12. A Boy and a Jaguar sounds wonderful - I look forward to your more detailed review!

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  13. I really enjoyed the Screaming Staircase audio! I am looking forward to more. Have a great week! ~Megan
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  14. I would agree. Julian didn't come across *that* much better. I think his home life and parents had a lot to do with his attitude. I did enjoy the sequel, though ;-) I love your blog!

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  15. Once Upon a Memory looks like one I am going to enjoy. I still haven't gotten to The Screaming Staircase. Maybe audio will be the way to go for me.

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