Monday, October 7, 2013

Book-a-paloosa #IMWAYR October 7, 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 sight of this truck brings smiles to everyone who sees it 
and the kid in all of us shouts "Hooray, the Book Fair is here!"

It took a lot of work but I finally got my Scholastic Book Fair all set. Thank goodness I have a large space to feature books and keep my library open for the students to continue using. 

Look at all these books! I was in reading heaven. I must have read one hundred books after setting up the fair. 
There are so many choices-it's a Book-a-palozza!

Scholastic now offers a book fair decorating kit which included this two sided Photo Op display and also an awesome Pharaoh's head piece.
The Pre-school and picture books  offered some terrific read aloud choices. The books shown here were favorites. I had the most fun reading Count the Monkeys the kids loved helping me scare away all characters in the books. They loved the ending. That Mac Barnett is one funny fellow.

Pete the Cat: The Wheels on the Bus brought the house down. Everyone, including parents and teachers joined in singing along during read aloud time.

Have Fun, Molly Lou Mellon is always a great read aloud choice sharing the importance of using your imagination.

The Gingerbread Bear was also a favorite with Kinder and Pre Kinder classes. 
The first graders were buzzed about Fly Guy and the Frankenflly.          


Charlie the Ranch Dog is an old favorite friend so we were very happy to welcome his two new adventures Where's the Bacon? and Charlie Goes to School which both proved to be read aloud treats. Several of  our preschool, Kinder, and first graders loved "Silly Doggy!"and it has been a hot seller in the book fair. 

#VirtualBookClub Read: Al Capone Does My Homework

Lucky for me that I was stuck at the Goodyear dealer (they are the nicest people) for 2 1/2 hours and I had brought along my public library copy of Al Capone Does My Homework. I was laughing out loud and deep into the story when my car was ready. I had almost hoped they would have taken a little bit longer so I could keep on reading. Check out the description at Penguin Kids
Join the fun over at #VirtualBookClub as we explore the mysteries on Alcatraz Island and share our favorite parts of the book and its characters. 

Where: On Twitter using hashtag: #virtualbookclub (I use to keep up with the discussion)
When: Monday, October 21, 2013 at 9 p.m. EST/8 p.m. CST
Who: Anyone who has read the book or would like to learn more about it. Hopefully Gennifer Choldenko will drop by for a few minutes. Most authors usually join us for part of the conversation. 
Why: Folks who love children's literature often have a hard time finding other grown ups to discuss children's books. We are a group of teachers, librarians, authors, illustrators, and literacy advocates who believe in reading and discovering high quality children's literature and sharing our opinions and thoughts with each other. 

Counting by 7's by Holly Goldberg Sloan
On Friday, I was tickled pink to receive this package from @PenguinKids It arrived in a beautiful, shiny purple package. I can't wait to begin reading it. I hear from so many people on Twitter that it's their favorite book this year. I am also nervous about reading it because I understand it is an emotional loaded read and with the stress of book fair and several professional presentations all within a couple of weeks time, I think it might be too much for me to handle at the moment. However, it sounds exactly like the type of book I love to read-full of well developed and lovable characters and a story that touches your heart. I like to read books that move and change me as all good books should do. 
Thank  you Penguin Kids, you have bestowed this book on a most grateful recipient. 

Check out this book review by Alice Marvels

FYI: October 23, 2013 is the date applications open for World Book Night 2014
I gave out John Green's Looking for Alaska last year and it was a wonderfully experience. 
Learn how to become a Book Giver: HERE

Happy reading! 


  1. Oh wow, I didn't realize that the Al Capone books are turning into a series. This is the third book, am I right? I haven't even read the first one yet. :( The Scholastic Book Fair does sound like a lot of fun. My 11 year old daughter attends an international school here, and they would usually get book forms from Scholastic and the books are sold at a cheaper rate. Always fun. Thanks for sharing all those photographs.

    1. Yes, it's the 3rd book in the series. Grab a copy and join us for #virtualbookclub.

  2. Ooh - the Scholastic Book Fair! How exciting! You'll love Counting by 7s - it's amazing. I didn't do the World Book Night last year, but I'd like to this year. Thanks for the heads-up!

  3. Thanks Holly. That's what I hear about Counting By 7's, it's pretty great.

  4. I just discovered the Al Capone books. I've read book one and am now trying to catch up! Lots of good picks on your list this week! I keep hearing amazing things about Counting by 7's, too, but haven't picked it up yet.


    1. Maybe we will end up reading Counting by 7's at the same time.

  5. I've only read the first Al Capone book - though I did really like it! I didn't realize World Book Night signup was coming so soon!

    1. I am looking forward to seeing what will be on the new list for World Book Night 2014.

  6. Who doesn't love a book fair? Looks like a great time. I am also avoiding Counting by 7's for the same reason. I also like to try to stay close to my grade level, but I'm sure I will break down eventually and read it.

    1. I am glad to know someone else feels the same way. Thanks Gigi


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