Monday, September 2, 2013

Mr. Bones Shares Books #IMWAYR September 2, 2013

 It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme began by Sheila at Book Journeys as a way to share what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and what is in store for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading. I first learned about it at Teach Mentor Texts. 

The timer is set for 45 minutes. As my days get fuller and jam packed, I find that setting a timer helps me stay on track PLUS I love to compete against myself. Oh, the little thrills in life. 

 Here is a cool time keepping tool you can  download 
 Scholastic Reading Timer

 What I am reading electronically:

I would read this faster but I have to compete with the 3 year-old for use of my Ipad. It's that face and the "May I use the Ipad, please? I want to learn too" The kid is a genius at manipulation using a smile and those nice manners.

Maggie Stiefvater: The Dream Thieves
I have been getting nervous about things that can escape from our dreams but that's all I can say about it without revealing anything. Like all of Maggie's books, it's a good read and her personality shows through in all the car references and interest in things Celtic. I also learned that there is a possible anti-laser paint that can be added to a car's paint job or headlights to help avoid speeding tickets. I, of course, am like that older person who wears those large, heavy, dark sun shades that drives 20 in a 35 mile per hour zone. Please note that I also never make left turns if it can be avoided. Maggie would plow me over in her Camero.

What I am Reading at School

Since I am pouting about having to report to work on Labor Day, I am going to ask my colleague, Mr. Bones, aka the ECDC Library Watch Dog to take over for me and share what we read to students this week. (Mr. Bones on Twitter @BonesBooks)
Mr. Bones will be sharing all the happenings in our school library on Twitter as a way to keep our families updated.

PK 3 year-olds really loved this one: 
Five Little Monkeys Reading in Bed.

What Happened to Marion's Book
I love to use this for teaching about good book care. If you don't have it, good luck. It appears to be out of print. I have great resources for this book including our example of a Book Hospital.

PK, Kinder, and First also listened to these books about Library manners and the care of library books.

Wild About Books by Judy Sierra. All other grade levels (even 6th graders) were treated to this picture book about a librarian who introduces animals to reading and a love of books. 

 Mr. Bones caught these kiddos reading in the hallway before school. Way to go, guys!

Time is running out! Only 15 minutes to go because Mr. Bones and I get too easily distracted.

Greg Heffley revealed a secret to Mr. Bones but the kids overheard them whispering. A new Diary of a Wimpy Kid book will be released November 15, 2013! We can pre-order it at our upcoming October book fair! Happy cheers were heard for miles!

Hard Luck
by Jeff Kinney

We love this resource! Jeff Kinney's Cartoon Class: How to Draw Greg Heffley

Ms. Murphy also re-read The Dot by Peter Reynolds at home this week to brush up and get ready for our upcoming Dot Day Celebrations. 

Look how this clever Kindergarten class created their own interpretation of The Dot.  Love it!

...and that's time up! Here is the same timer that I was using. I ordered it though the Scholastic Resource catalog using Scholastic dollars. It has come in handy for many library activities.


  1. I love the timer! Great idea! I have a lot of those books you shared with your students and will be reading a couple this week!

    Check out what we read

    1. Thanks, I checked out your reads too. I will have to look into some of the titles. I was unfamiliar most.

  2. I will be reading Dream Thieves soon. I have the E-ARC on my Nook. I returned all the public library books I'd been trying to get to since school started. Have to clear out "clutter" to start showing a house. Books are not clutter! But I will have much more bookcase space in the new place. So they will look nicer and won't be stuffed in every which way.
    For a while, at least. ;)

    1. I learned a good tip when selling a house is to brew coffee or bake cookies just before showing it. I did the cookie trick and sold my house before it was officially on the market.

      Dream Thieves is a bit bizarre in places.

  3. Love this timer, Julee--thanks for the link!

    I always love the photos of your library displays--they look so inviting and friendly. :-) Looking forward to seeing how you all celebrate Dot Day at your school!

    Natalie @Biblio Links

    1. I am so excited about Dot Day this year. The new art teacher and I met today and she said she would switch her lessons to pointillism. I hope to connect with others schools this year and played around with my new web cam today. Boy that's weird getting used to a web cam.

  4. I know that my daughter would be thrilled knowing that there's going to be a new Wimpy Kid book out. She's a huge fan. I haven't gotten around to reading The Raven Boys yet, but I heard that it has an ingenious concept. Have a great reading week!

    PS I love the photos of the library watch dog.

  5. Mr. Bones said to thanks you for noticing him. He is probably the most popular teacher in our school. I know he is always stealing my limelight. Once he went missing for two weeks and then reappeared. I guess he went on vacation without me. It was a very "ruff" time without him, the old fleabag.

  6. Hi, Julee -

    Sounds like the school year is off to a great start for you!

    I just wanted to remind you to wrap-up your Big Book Summer Challenge (you can do this in a separate post or just as part of one of your regular posts) and you can add a link to your wrap-up here:

    You can also link to any reviews you wrote of Big Books this summer here:

    Hope you enjoyed the summer!


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