Sunday, December 8, 2013

It's Monday-What Are You Reading? December 9, 2013

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

I read a bunch of picture books and early readers this week. Most were read in an attempt to be a more informed voter for the 2013 Nerdies.  Click here to see the amazing list of contenders. 

Picture Books

by Rodrigo Folguiera
Illustrated by Poly Bernatene
Cute book about a pig who thinks he's a frog, much to the dismay of the frog in the pond. 

by Amy Dyckman
Illustrated by K. G. Campbell
A real bear just wants a few cookies, but gets more than he bargains for at this tea party when the little girl mistakes him for her teddy. 

by Alison McGhee
Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
A sweet story to share with new parents.  
Be warned, it's a real tear-jerker. I was crying in the stacks at the book store, not pretty. 

Picture Books 

by Brenda Guiberson
Illustrated by Gennady Spirin
In this beautifully illustrated book, the reader will learn about the different sounds frogs make around the world.

by Tanya Lee Stone
Illustrated by Marjorie Priceman
This book is a new favorite nonfiction picture book.  Great example of "girl power". 

by Annette LeBlanc Cate
I know nothing about bird-watching so this book was perfect for me. The format is graphic novelish with lots of pictures and captions.  It is entertaining as well as informative. 

Early Chapter Books/Early Readers

by Kevin Henkes
This was my first Penny book and it was great.  I can see kids in grades 1-2 loving this series. In this book Penny struggles with her own conscience when she picks up a marble on the sidewalk and takes it home.

by Grace Lin
I love Grace Lin as a middle grade/YZ author so I was excited about this book.  I really took to these two characters.  It is set up like a chapter book with few sentences in each chapter.  Again, great for grades 1-2. 

by Mo Willems
I have an author crush on Mo Willems.  I love the Elephant and Piggie books.  This book explores big and small in the cutest way. 

by Mo Willems
Kids will be excited to play pretend after reading this Elephant and Piggie book.  

by Laurie Keller
Young kids will like it for its humor, pictures and silliness, but it was not for me.  

Middle Grade/YA

by Holly Goldberg Sloan
I'm not sure if I would categorize this book as middle grade or YA, but I loved it.  You will fall in love with Willow Chance.  A touching story of loss, love, family and courage. 

Currently Reading

by Tim Federle
I am only 2 chapters into this book, but I am enjoying it so far. 

by Donald H. Graves
Donald Graves shed light on a big problem for many teachers, burnout and loss of energy.  Really liking it so far. 

1 comment:

  1. Love Penny & Her Marble (& her song, too), Henkes is the best story teller. And Counting by 7s is just lovely-so glad you liked it Gigi! Thanks for the other ones too. I know of some, and will especially not Tea Party Rules-looks cute!