It's Monday! What are you reading? A weekly themed meme connecting many bloggers around the world and originally conceived by Sheila at Book Journeys. I first learned about it at Teach Mentor Texts hosted by Jen and Kellee. I was messing around with a button Scholastic had given me and stuck it in a calendar and snapped a photo. Cool right? Now I flash this pic to kids and ask them, "What are you reading?"
Happy Children's Book Week! It's finally here and I watched the final seconds counting down on the
Children's Book Week website. 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Happy Children's Book Week! On May 14 the winners of the Children's Choice Book Awards will be announced.
This week, I am finishing up Son by Lois Lowry. It's very good and I like how my unanswered questions are becoming resolved. I have just a few pages left but it is typical of me to drag a book out if I don't want a series to end. I will go finished it after writing this post.
In the library I continued with my unabashed enthusiasm for the genius of Mo Willems. His books are so perfect for the emerging reader and I have been bringing in as many copies of his books as I can find to read until I am hoarse and then I go home and read to the kiddos at home too.
I love these type of interactive books that brings the reader into the action and feeling that they are a part of the story. J found this book on YouTube. He is a true book lover at the age of 2-almost-3 years old. I had forgotten about this book but I used to have it in my home library.
The Monster at the End of This Book
Our favorite Read Alouds this week are:
In the Library this week:
Jangles: a big fish story
by David Shannon
Blue Sky Press
With a dirty green tackle box at his side, a father shares with his son a story of his encounter with the legendary giant fish Jangles. As it was nearing dark, he does not realize his anchor has come lose and he was drifting out into the middle of Big Lake. Soon he feels a tug on his line and pulls in an old rod and reel. As he cranks in the line, he sees a giant shadow swim up and swallow his lure and then is dragged over the side of his boat into the deepest part of the lake where he discovers that not only can he breathe under water but the fish can speak to him.
Three year olds to sixth graders were mesmerized this week by the folk-tale Jangles. We created fishing lures that we thought would be just right for catching Jangles. Next week, students will be justifying their choice of materials for attracting Jangles. I am working on a fishing game to finish off our lesson. This is one of the books we are reading for our 2013 Bluebonnet Book Club
The Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen
I walked into Kohls to do some merchandising work and actually squealed with joy when I spotted my old frowny friend The Pout Pout Fish. It was so hard to complete my tasks because I was so anxious to purchase the book and fishy friends to take home to the kiddos. I have a library copy but this book needs to be in every home of little ones. The rhyming structure flows so easy and the story is such fun to read. This has been a favorite of mine for library lessons for the past few years. The Pout Pout Fish is a current special $5 offer from Kohls Cares. By the way, the folks in my local Kohls are some amazing folks and they are the epitome of Kohls Cares. You might have seen them helping out at events around town wearing their Kohls Cares shirts. Thanks Mike, Jose, Lisa, Trish and the rest of the Kohls folks in Corpus Christi, Texas. I respect and admire how hard you work for your community.
What I am listening to:
My students love the James Paterson books and have been anxiously awaiting the newest book which is now in my library collection. I am trying to listen to Middle School Get Me Out Of Here! but I suppose I am too old to appreciate the hijinks that seem to be an important part of the theme of this story-line. Well, maybe not. I still remember one prank I pulled in high school. I was an office worker and had access to the PA system. One day I slipped a fake announcement into the pile and the principal announced it. The best part of the prank was that I was smart enough to keep my trap shut and not brag about it. Oops, I just remembered another one. The senior class was always winning the weekly spirit award contest so some fellow sophomores and I made several hundreds signs saying "Sophomores Spirit!" and we snuck in and pinned them all over the heavy velvet curtain on the stage where spirit contests were held. The curtains were only closed before the drill team would perform. When the curtain closed, the cheers went up from everyone but the senior class and sophomores DID win the spirit award that day. Now that I am reminiscing, maybe I get the attraction.
Spectacular Summer Reading Lists
I am pulling together my summer reading list for students and here is a couple of resources.
Peguin Books for Young Readers:
2013 Guide for Parents, Caregivers, Teachers, Librarians, and Booksellers