Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Eli (Bill Peet)

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This is a really fun one to read. It's fun to make a screechy vulture voice and a cranky lion voice. We really had a good laugh while reading it. Connects well with our friendship unit. Good vocabulary discussions too. I feel like we should do an author study some time on Bill Peet. We've read a number of his books this year and today when I showed this one my students commented that this is probably going to be a good one since it's by Bill Peet.

Goodreads says:

A proud but decrepit lion learns a lesson about friendship from the vultures he despises.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Great Paper Caper (Oliver Jeffers)

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This seems to be one of those books you could look at again and again and discover something new every time. There are so many little interesting details to look at and discuss in the illustrations. I wish we had a little more time for it in class because it seemed to cause a bit of a pause when I read it to my class.

Goodreads says:
The picture book features funny looking characters with dots for eyes and stick for legs who live in the forest conveys a sense that everyone is responsibility for the environment in which we live.

Monday, October 16, 2017

IMWAYR

This week I'm finishing Ivy and Bean for grade 3 book club.

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I'm hosting for my book club this month and I haven't got much into this book (although I have read it before). I really need to get going on Daring Greatly:

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I didn't plan things very well and I missed the date for my community book club last week and never did read One Perfect Lie. I still want to....but it's time to move on. So instead, I'm reading next months' book: The Heart Goes Last. It's a Margaret Atwood book and kind of bizarre...not that surprising.

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I'm also doing some professional reading: Reading in the Wild and the BAS Assessment Guide (some people might think that's boring...but it's amazing!)
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Happier At Home (Gretchen Rubin)

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I'm a big Gretchen Rubin fan. She speaks to me. She speaks openly about herself. She and I share many traits. When I was reading, I'd say, "Wow! That's so me!" This book is going on my list of books to re-read. I'd really love to start a "Happier at Home" group to help keep myself accountable. I also need to go back and read her "Happiness Project" book.

Goodreads says:

In the spirit of her blockbuster #1 New York Times bestsellerThe Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin embarks on a new project to make home a happier place. 
One Sunday afternoon, as she unloaded the dishwasher, Gretchen Rubin felt hit by a wave of homesickness. Homesick—why? She was standing right in her own kitchen. She felt homesick, she realized, with love for home itself. “Of all the elements of a happy life,” she thought, “my home is the most important.” In a flash, she decided to undertake a new happiness project, and this time, to focus on home.

And what did she want from her home? A place that calmed her, and energized her. A place that, by making her feel safe, would free her to take risks. Also, while Rubin wanted to be happier at home, she wanted to appreciate how much happiness was there already.
 
So, starting in September (the new January), Rubin dedicated a school year—September through May—to making her home a place of greater simplicity, comfort, and love. 
 
In The Happiness Project, she worked out general theories of happiness. Here she goes deeper on factors that matter for home, such as possessions, marriage, time, and parenthood. How can she control the cubicle in her pocket? How might she spotlight her family’s treasured possessions? And it really was time to replace that dud toaster.
 
Each month, Rubin tackles a different theme as she experiments with concrete, manageable resolutions—and this time, she coaxes her family to try some resolutions, as well. 
 
With her signature blend of memoir, science, philosophy, and experimentation, Rubin’s passion for her subject jumps off the page, and reading just a few chapters of this book will inspire readers to find more happiness in their own lives. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

IMWAYR (It's Monday, What Are You Reading?)

Well, actually, it's Tuesday, but yesterday was a holiday (Thanksgiving Day) so today is my Monday.

I need to get into my school book club book! It's going to be lots of fun. I've read it before, but I really need to refresh my memory. I'd kind of like to read the entire series, but I'm not sure I'll have time.

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For personal reading, I'm reading Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin. I love it!

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Next, I plan to read One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline.

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What are you reading?

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Little Bee (Chris Cleave)

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This was a compelling glimpse into the life and experiences of a refugee. The story is fiction, but many parts of it are real. The twist is the topic of suicide. One of the characters has committed suicide and is quite a key part of the story. It was interesting. Just like when I was recently reading a book about white supremacists and having a bizarre experience because of issues happening in real life with white supremacists, I also was touched by suicide as I was reading this story. It's a really weird experience when real life collides with what you're reading.

Goodreads says:

From the author of the international bestseller Incendiary comes a haunting novel about the tenuous friendship that blooms between two disparate strangers---one an illegal Nigerian refugee, the other a recent widow from suburban London.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Book of Mistakes (Corinna Luyken)

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Great book for talking about a growth mindset! My class was really curious about whether or not the author made the mistakes in the story on purpose. They asked me to tweet her to see if she made the mistakes on purpose.

Goodreads says:

Zoom meets Beautiful Oops! in this memorable picture book debut about the creative process, and the way in which "mistakes" can blossom into inspiration
One eye was bigger than the other. That was a mistake.
The weird frog-cat-cow thing? It made an excellent bush.
And the inky smudges... they look as if they were always meant to be leaves floating gently across the sky. 

As one artist incorporates accidental splotches, spots, and misshapen things into her art, she transforms her piece in quirky and unexpected ways, taking readers on a journey through her process. Told in minimal, playful text, this story shows readers that even the biggest "mistakes" can be the source of the brightest ideas--and that, at the end of the day, we are all works in progress, too.

Fans of Peter Reynolds's Ish and Patrick McDonnell's A Perfectly Messed-Up Story will love the funny, poignant, completely unique storytelling of The Book of Mistakes. And, like Oh, The Places You'll Go!, it makes the perfect graduation gift, encouraging readers to have a positive outlook as they learn to face life's obstacles.