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IMWAYR – First New Picture Books of 2017!

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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 haven’t posted a IMWAYR for a while…but I have been reading LOTS of new books!  So this Monday,  I’m happy to be sharing the first picture books of 2017!

A Greyhound and a Groundhog – Emily Jenkins

Delightful word playful, tongue twisting story about an energetic greyhound and a rolly-poly groundhog.  Charming illustrations and so much fun to read out loud.

Pen Pals – Alexandra Pichard

An octopus and an ant are paired up to write letters for a school project in this charming picture book.  Charming letters and lovely surprise ending.

A Perfect Day

A Perfect Day – Lane Smith

This book will be released on Valentine’s Day but I had a chance to read an advance copy and I loved it!  Lane Smith is such a clever writer.  This book is a delight – funny, charming and sweet.  All the animals and insects are having a perfect day, that is, until Bear comes along!

XO, OX A Love Story – Adam Rex

Charming book about a smelly ox and a refined gazelle writing letters to each other. Whimsical illustrations and beautiful prose and a perfect one to add to your Valentine’s collection.

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Hug it Out! – Louis Thomas

Fun story about siblings who are made to “hug it out” whenever they fight.  So to avoid another “icky hug”, they agree to call a truce.   Great story for conflict-resolution and for making connections to siblings spats!

Wolf in the Snow – Matthew Cordell

Care, kindness, cooperation, and discovery fill this delightful, almost wordless picture book about a little girl who gets lost in a snow storm, paralleled with a wolf pup who is lost in the same storm.  Oh, this  is a lovely book.

Egg – Kevin Henkes

This graphic novel format for very young readers is about 4 different colored eggs – three of them hatch and one doesn’t.  What to do?  Simple repeating text, large bold illustrations – another winner by Kevin Henkes.

The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling – Timothy Basil Ering

This is truly an unexpected and heart-warming story that I adored. It is fantastical tale of a farmer, a gentle old lady, a dancing dog, and one brave, tiny duckling.   Gorgeous illustrations and thrilling adventure story – this book is a must read and must share. (Loved Frog Belly Rat Bone – but I think I love this one more!)

Thanks for stopping by!  Which book or books have caught your eye?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? New Picture Books for the 2015 Holiday Season

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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

Well it’s that time of year when I share some new festive, winter books that are released in time for the holidays.  (Read my 3 part- blog post where I shared my favorite holiday classics here, here, and here if you would like to see more!)

Adorable book companion to the Toys Go Out series.  Lumphy, StingRay, and Plastic’s adventure in the snow.  Love these characters – such personality with great dialogue.  Gorgeous illustrations.
When Santa Was a Baby – Linda Bailey
Adorable! Beautiful vintage style illustrations and snappy, funny dialogue.  A great read-aloud and perfect for making connections!
Snow – Sam Usher
The awe, wonder and magic of a snow day, complete with animals in the zoo and toys that come to life.  Lovely child-grandparent relationship.
Rachel Rosenstein is a young girl who loves everything about Christmas- but her family doesn’t celebrate because she is Jewish. Perfect connections for those children whose familes celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas and a lovely introduction to other cultures.
Another great book celebrating both Hanukkah and Christmas.  Beautiful illustrations.
How to Catch Santa– Jean Reagan
Two sibling narrators give clever instructions and tips for “catching” Santa (be crafty! be clever! be gentle!) on Christmas Eve.  Delightful, excited “how to” voice, lovely illustrations, wonderful humor.  Love this one!
Canadian twist on “Jingle Bells” is a great companion to the popular Porcupine in a Pine Tree.   A perfect song to sing at your next Christmas concert!
Follow Juliette and her cousin as they collect Canadian gifts, including 6 Mounties marching and a loon in a maple tree, all the way from PEI to Vancouver.
Holiday addition to the popular Click Clack series.  Simple structure, repetition – great read-aloud!
Thanks for stopping by!  Which new holiday books will you be reading this season?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – Favorite Grade 3 Read-Alouds!

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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

Reading aloud to my class is the favorite part of my day… I love the quiet anticipation before I start reading and the collective “No!  Don’t stop now!  Just one more page!”  when I close the book.  I have been asked recently by several teacher friends for recommendations for class-read alouds.  So I have been searching through my novel tubs and have decided to post a list of a few recommended read-alouds for different grades.  I welcome readers to also share their favorites!

And so I will begin my favorite read-alouds for grade 3’s… I have tried to include a mix of old and new, poignant and fun, appealing to both boys and girls!

My Father's Dragon (My Father's Dragon, #1)

My Father’s Dragon – Ruth Stiles Gannett

This book was published way back in 1943 but is still one of my favorites!  It tells the adventure of a run-away boy and his attempt to rescue a baby dragon who is being taken advantage of by the animals on Wild Island.  Clever and fun – and a great book for practicing predicting.

Toys Go Out (Toys #1)

Toys Go Out – Emily Jenkins

This simple, sweet story, reminiscent of “Toy Story”, takes us behind the scenes to the adventures of 3 toys that live in a little girl’s room. Great for introducing character traits as each toy has its own distinct personality. 

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The Magic Finger – Roald Dahl

No read-aloud list would be complete without a Roald Dahl book!  His books beg to be read aloud!   There are so many I could include (Fantastic Mr. Fox is another I love) but I enjoy reading The Magic Finger.   It is short and funny and perfect for this age group.  It tells the story of a little girl who has a magic finger. Whenever she gets angry – she points her fingertip and takes revenge!  The story centers around her neighbours, who are duck hunters. Hunting makes this little girl very angry – so she uses her magic finger and turns the family into… you guessed it – Ducks!  It’s short and simple and fun – but a serious message that is worthy of discussion.

Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat

Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat – Jonathon Bean

This book is quirky and fun!  Great plot, entertaining characters and unpredictable ending!  Your students will LOVE this book!

The Year of Billy Miller

The Year of Billy Miller – Kevin Henkes

Fast-paced and funny – your students will make lots of connections to family, friendship and school!  Great black and white art.  Heartwarming – I actually teared up at the end!  Love Billy Miller!

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane – Kate DiCamillo

This is such a beautiful story and Kate DiCamillo’s writing is exquisite (Triple scoop words on every page!)  Edward Tulane is a china rabbit who is passed from owner to owner, enduring both love and tradgedy along the way.  This book is about opening your heart to being loved and it will stay with you for a long time. 

The World According to Humphrey (According to Humphrey, #1)

The World According to Humphrey – Betty G. Birney

This book is told from the perspective of Humphrey, the hamster, class pet in Room 26.   He reports on the daily comings and goings in the classroom as well as his weekend sleepover’s at various student’s houses. Cute, fun book – kids will want to read the Humphrey series after this!

Harry the Poisonous Centipede: A Story to Make You Squirm. Lynne Reid Banks

Harry and the Poisonous Centipede – Lynne Reid Banks

The story of Harry, the curious, adventure seeking centipede, who disobeys his mother’s orders and attempts to crawl up the drain pipe with his friend to the forbidden world of the “h00-mins”.  Fun, fast paced, and high on the “gross scale”!  Interesting facts about centipedes woven into the story make for an interesting link to science.

The Hundred Dresses – Eleanor Estes

This is a tender, heartbreaking story about Wanda, who wears the same faded dress to school every day but claims to have a hundred dresses at home.  Because of this, she is ridiculed and teased by children at school.  This book was published in 1944 – long before the word “bullying” was a common term – but the story is timeless and deals with the issue beautifully.

There you have some of my favorites – what about you?  What are your favorite read-alouds for gr. 3’s?

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It’s Monday, What are you reading? – Favorite Books of 2013

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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: Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers.

It’s been an amazing year of books!  So many great books were published this year that have  become “favorites” that it’s hard to narrow it down to just a few.  Which books did I hug extra tightly or put under my pillow just to keep them with me a little longer?

Inspired by my friend and book blogger extraordinaire Carrie Gelson,  I have decided to choose 13 books (for 2013) and organize them into categories I read the most of:  picture books, nonfiction books and novels.

Picture books:

1. Journey – Aaron Becker

Mesmerizing watercolor illustrations that take the reader on a journey of adventure, self discovery, courage, hope and unexpected friendship.  This book will likely top many 2013 lists and it certainly tops mine.

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2.  The Man With the Violin – Kathy Stinson

This book, based on a true event, celebrates the power of music and reminds us that in the business of our lives, we need to stop and appreciate the beauty around us.  (also 3 cheers for Canadian authors)

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3. The Day the Crayons Quit – Drew Daywalt

Oh, how I love clever  books!   Oh, how I love a book that makes me laugh out loud and wish I had written it myself!  Oh, how I love a book that I read and immediately start thinking of ways I will be able to use it in my classroom.  This book has all my loves tied up together.

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4. Ben Rides On – Matt Davies

Ben loves his bike.   Ben’s bike is bullied away.  Ben figures out a way to get his bike back.  There is tenderness amidst the lightheartedness and Ben is my hero.

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5. The Dark – Lemony Snicket

 This is the story of how dear Little Laszlo stops being afraid of the dark. My oh my,  there is something magical about this book.  Personification at its best.

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6. Water in the Park – Emily Jenkins

Community, neighborhood, water, time;  From dawn to dusk we witness the comings and goings in a park. Simple. Beautiful.

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7. Silver Buttons – Bob Graham

(or “The Silver Button” )

The celebration of a single moment and all that happens – from one moment in a an apartment room to that same moment all over the world.  Extraordinary.  Brilliant.  Hugging this book.

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8. Hello, My Name is Ruby – Philip C. Stead

I fell in love with Ruby this year.  She is all that represents fearlessness, curiosity, courage, adventure, wisdom all wrapped up in a sweet little bird body who asks questions.  By far my favorite character of 2013.

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9.  The Matchbox Diary – Paul Fleischman

This book is a celebration of memories, keepsakes, treasures, life stories and relationships.  A grandfather opens his matchboxes of memories, his life story and his heart to his granddaughter.   My favorite “connect” book of the year.

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Nonfiction:

10.  The World is Waiting for You – Barbara Kerley

Following your passion amidst all that the world has to offer.  Imaginative and inspiring.

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11. Walk this World – Jenny Broom

A celebration of the everyday similarities and differences that exist between cultures around the world.  A new country on every page – with windows to peek under and many surprises to discover!  Wow!  An adventure from cover to cover!

12. What Does it Mean to Be Present? – Rana DiOrio

Carpe Diem, seize the day, appreciate the moment, be present, be grateful, give back.  How could anyone NOT want to share this message with children.  Love x a lot for this one.

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12. The Animal Book – Steve Jenkins

Happiness is a new Steve Jenkins book.  Happiness is being amazed by his signature collage illustrations and the intriguing facts he wows us with.  Happiness is adding this book to my Nonfiction Book list for 2013.

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Novels:

The Runaway King – Jennifer A. Nielsen

When a grade 6 boy tears up with joy because his back order Scholastic Book order copy of The Runaway King has just come in – you know it is a great book.  This follow-up is equally as good as the first.  I will get my box of Kleenex ready for the 3rd installment!

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Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library – Chris Grabenstein

Funny, crafty, twists and turns, puzzles and adventures.  Some were less impressed with the “too close for comfort” to legendary Charlie Bucket but both my students and I LOVED it!

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Wake Up Missing – Kate Messner

Concussions, Treatment centers, stolen identities and friendships = fast paced, page turner, grab-the-book -from-your-son’s-room-while-he’s-sleeping-because- you-can’t-wait-to-find-out-what-happens -book!

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The Real Boy – Anne Ursu

A magical  fantasy –  beautiful, enchanting, mysterious, sad, hopeful.  This one ended up under my pillow.

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Well, there are my top books for 2013.  (And for anyone who happened to be counting – I believe I went way over my original “13 picks for 2013” by several titles!)  It was, indeed, a very good year for books!  What books did you celebrate in 2013?

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