Monthly Archives: July 2015

Top Ten Tuesday! My Top 10 Books about Books!

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I’m excited to join the Top Ten Tuesday posts, a meme created by The Broke and Bookish and inspired by my bookish-teacher-blogger friend, Carrie Gelson – There’s A Book for That.

For my first “top 10′ list, I thought it would be fitting to share my favorite 10 books about… you guessed it – BOOKS!

1. Book George Ella Lyon

An illustrated poem about how books lift you, comfort you, excite you…A great example of how writer and reader come together as the book opens.  Gorgeous illustrations – book love shines through on every page (just look at the girl’s face on the cover as she hugs a book).  “May it hold you.  May it set you free.”

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2. Book – David Miles

Newly released, this book takes readers on a whimsical journey away from screens, gadgets and passwords into a world of knowledge, adventure and imagination – into the power of book. Gorgeous.

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3. Look! – Jeff Mack

Delightful story of a little boy glued to a TV set and the charming gorilla trying to get his attention.  Subtle message told in very few words:  Turn off the TV and read a book!

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4. I am the BookLee Bennett Hopkins

Thirteen poets use thirteen different poems to pay tribute to books and reading.  Great illustrations!

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5. The Lonely Book – Kate Bernheimer

The different and special relationships readers have with books is explored.  Lovely.

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6. What Are You Doing?  – Elisa Amando

A boy notices different people reading – but all for different reasons:  sister is reading a comic; grandpa is reading an instruction manual for fixing the car; tourists consulting a guide book.   A great book to introduce different genres and different purposes for reading.

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7. Miss Brooks Loves Books – and I Don’t!  – Barbara Bottner

A librarian is determined to find young Missy the perfect book.  It takes a while but when she finally does – book joy unfolds.

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8. Beatrice Doesn’t Want To – Laura Numeroff

Beatrice doesn’t like to read, until the Librarian finds a book she CONNECTS to!  A perfect book to illustrate the concept making connections!

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9. It’s A Book! – Lane Smith

Hilarious, witty, clever!  No bells, whistles, passwords or chargers required.  Just open and start reading!  For anyone who hasn’t seen the book trailer – it’s almost as funny as the book!

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10 Dog Loves Books – Louise Yates

Adorable story of a book loving dog who opens up his own book store.  I love how he recommends the perfect book to each customer.  Charming.

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11.  (I clearly can’t count to 10!)  We Are In A Book!  – Mo Willams

Hilarious!  This book was my first introduction to Elephant and Piggie and I have read every book since.  Delightful way to teach concept of print, speech bubbles and encourages readers to re-read the story.  This is possibly my favorite read-aloud book EVER!

Thanks for stopping by!  Which books about books would be on your list?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? Midsummer Magic

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It’s Monday and I’m happy to be participating in a weekly event with a community of bloggers who post reviews of books that they have read the previous week. Check out more IMWAYR posts here: Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers

I have not posted for many weeks so am happy to be back to share some of the amazing new books that I have discovered.  Summer days are passing by and I find myself deep in the bliss of stress-free days with time to enjoy my family and to read and to occasionally glance at my “summer to do list”!   Here are the books I have recently enjoyed…

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Wait – Antoinette Portis

A busy mom and a curious child, both interested in different things.  This gentle, quiet book reminds us to stop,  notice and appreciate.  A great companion to Sidewalk Flowers and Last Stop on Market Street. 

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Even Super Heroes Sleep – David Katz  (board book)

My two boys LOVED super heroes and would have LOVED this book when they were younger!  A perfect bedtime book for young Super Hero lovers with a nice balance between male and female super heroes.  Time to rest your super powers and go to sleep!

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Rufus the Writer – Elizabeth Bram

Instead of a lemonade stand, Rufus runs a story stand!  He writes personalized stories (included as “mini stories”)  for his friends and accepts whatever item of value they offer as payment.  Writing joy fills every page!  LOVE this book!  I’m already visualizing a Story Stand in my classroom! 

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In My Heart: A book of feelings – Jo Witek

A nice addition to books about Feelings.  This one has the added feature of a cut out heart in the center of the book which grows smaller as you turn the pages.  Different feelings are associated with a different color.  The bonus is that there are also  great examples of similes! 

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Night Animals Gianna Marino

Charming, funny, engaging!  This is an adorable story about frightened nocturnal critters who are afraid of each other.  Sparse text and wonderful illustrations.  Love the opossum who plays dead every time it is scared!  Would make a great read-aloud. 

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Look!  – Jeff Mack

I LOVE books that use very few words – perfect for teaching and practicing inferring!  This adorable book of friendship between a boy and a gorilla uses only two words to share an important message: Turn off the TV and LOOK at a book!

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Random Body Parts: Gross Anatomy Riddles in Verse – Leslie Bulion

Clever, interesting, funny and gross!  This collection of poems about different body parts would make a great read-aloud to introduce your human body unit.  I love the wacky illustrations, the funny sidebars and the variety of different kinds of poems.  There’s even a nod to Shakespeare! Great!

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Anna, Banana and the Friendship Split – Anica Mrose Rissi

Wonderful new early chapter series about the joys and challenges of 3rd grade “besties”.  (BTW – Banana is the dog’s name!)Anna is my favorite kind of character–kind and thoughtful and has a deep strength. Very impressed with the depth of this little book and look forward to more in the series.

Thanks for stopping by!  Leave me a message and let me now which book(s) caught your eye!

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