#IMWAYR 

It’s Monday! What are you reading? Visit Jen Vincent’s blog Teach Mentor Texts for more! 

This last week has been crazy busy! School and work and family. But I am so thankful for my 25 minute drive to work so I can listen to great books! 

This week I am reading 11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass It is a really cute MG book about a girl turning 11 and all of the drama that happens with being 11. I am finding myself cringing and yelling and shouting ‘YES!’ Or ‘finally!’ Or ‘No! Don’t do it!’ As I am listening. My whole body cringes with the memories of being 11 myself, that’s how realistic this book is when it comes to tween age drama. 

I am also still plugging away at Gertie’s Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley I really like this book but it’s my ‘bedtime read’ since my other waking hours are spent working on homework. And since it’s my bedtime read I may only get through a page at a time before falling asleep. I love Gertie!! She is trying so hard to be great at something to draw the attention of her estranged mother, while at the same time being a 5th grader. 

This week I am also reading The Dot by Peter Reynolds to all of my kindergarten classes in celebration of International Dot Day! I adore this book about ‘making your mark’ it is perfect for everyone young and old alike. I can’t wait to read the book, do some activities and sing this great song by  Emily Arrow with them! 

So what are you reading today? 

15 years later

How to explain to your children that even hundreds of miles away the phone systems went down and we lost all communication with loved ones. 

How to explain the fear that completely overtook you. 

How to explain the uncertainty of protecting your unborn child from something completely unknown.

How to explain the shock you felt through your entire body as you witnessed a mammoth,  solid building disintegrate upon itself like it was made of paper. 

How to explain the world ‘before’…a world where family restaurants did not have TVs. A world without fear. 

These are not easy things to explain. Especially when 15 years later you still don’t understand why some people are so filled with hate. Sometimes it feels easier to not explain or talk about it. But that’s not the right thing to do…because when we ignore tough subjects it can make things worse. Or seem like they’re taboo and shouldn’t be talked about. This applies to everything…not just what happened 15 years ago today. 

So today, I will remember that day in my heart and with my family by telling my boys my story of September 11, 2001. 

It’s Monday! What are you reading? 

Excited to start blogging regularly and joining the #IMWAYR group! 

Today I finally finished Bone Gap by Laura Ruby. I was able to download the audio this summer courtesy of Sync

I’m reading a digital ARC Gertie’s Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley thanks to NetGalley. I remember what 5th grade was like with friends and cliques and still being a child but wanting to be grown up already. This is a great read so far! 

I’m also just getting into Full of Beans by Jenni Holm. I’ve anxiously been awaiting this one because I LOVED Turtle in Paradise. 

The past week has been crazy busy with new adventures as well as the return of college courses so my reading for fun time has been cut significantly.

However…I do still get to read for work! This week in one of my libraries we will be reading books about books! Including:

Where are My Books? By Debbie Ridpath Ohi 

Wild About Books by Judy Sierra 

Inside this book:(are three books) by Barney Saltzberg

Thanks to Jen Vincent at Teach Mentor Texts,  Kellee from Unleashing Readers and Carrie Gelson at There is a Book for That for all of your amazing posts! 

New Beginnings

This past week was filled with many, many new beginnings for our family…

20150508_quote_with_sunset_sunrise_prairie_image1I left my first ever library position, in a school that was like a second family to me. I am grateful beyond
words for the opportunity to have been their librarian for six school years. I learned so much about the world of children’s literature, libraries, and most importantly, myself.

I started as a full time librarian in a new district at two very different but equally amazing elementary schools. There is a LOT to learn about the circ system, the schools, the students and staff but I am so excited about this new adventure!

My boys started 5th & 9th grades!! (what?!?!?!) I’ve already met all of their teachers and I am very impressed! I was able to reconnect with a high school friend after more than 10 years who teaches at the high school too and was even more reassured that our decision to join this community was the right one.

Monday also marked my first semester as a full-time college student in more than 15 years! I and was completely overwhelmed, but I am starting to figure things out…Thankfully some classes are short term and all work will be done in class. I still have my work cut out for me!

Tuesday morning I wrote my first ever 45 minute lesson plans for kindergartenChange-quotes-10n library! Then I met with two classes that afternoon to talk about the library, read Library Lion go on a lion hunt, and transition to tables to color a lion picture. This was also their first full day of school…ever! And…they did really, really well!

I am so excited about these new beginnings and all they will bring!

 

10 childhood favorites for #pb10for10

I’ve been so caught up in my first week back in the library that I’ve neglected Twitter! (I missed my friends!) So I almost completely missed out on #pb10for10   Thanks go out to Josh Funk (picture book author of new favorites about breakfast foods,  pirate dinosaurs and dragons) for keeping the lists coming and my library holds list growing!

So, not wanting to miss out, here are my ten favorite picture books from my childhood…some of which still hold a special place on my bookshelves both at home and at school.  

1. Ferdinand by Munro Leaf Oh Ferdinand! So gentle. So sweet.


 2. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein As a child I remember how much the tree loved the boy. ❤️

3. The Monster at the End of this Book.  (Little Golden Book)Oh! It is so silly! I remember my parents using super quiet and then really loud voices to read it. I was SO excited to read it to my son when he was little…imagine my shock when he was so terrified he had nightmares for weeks! 😳

4. In a People House by ‘Theo Lesig’  I think it was either the mouse as a tour guide, or maybe that it was one of the first I read on my own. Grateful for parents who felt so strongly about reading and books that I had a received a subscription to Grolier Books and still have all of my ‘Beginner Books’. 

5. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle I loved the bright colors and the how there were holes (gasp!) in the book. 

6. Serendipity by Steven Cosgrove This was another book subscription my parents bought for my sisters and I (technically this set was my sister’s) and I loved the story and the pink sea monster on the cover. 

7. The Care Bears and The Terrible Twos by Ok, so yes. It does have Care Bears. BUT I absolutely related to the girl in the story. She was the oldest of three, but her siblings were two year old twins! Yikes!  

These next three are my favorites thank to Reading Rainbow. I would write my lists every time there was an episode, but if you notice, all of these were feature books. There is serious power in read alouds! ❤️

8. A Chair for my Mother by Vera B Williams 

 My dad was a volunteer fireman, so house fires were a reality, but I never really made a connection until this book. I love the family story and how everyone came together to help. The illustrations are gorgeous as well. 

9. Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard  illustrated by James Marshall Love this story of what happens when a class is a bit naughty…and James Marshall’s illustrations are perfect!

10. Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema  I can still hear James Edward Jones telling the story. Loved the rhythm, colors and story. 

just a few nonfiction favorites

This past fall I did the Picture book 10 for 10 and it helped get me back into blogging… 
So, after seeing the posts on Twitter this week I was reminded about the Nonfiction 10 for 10! Of course it totally helps that I’ve read some AMAZING Nonfiction picture books in the last few months too. These are in no particular order…and yes…there are a LOT of picture book biographies. If nonfiction had been written like this when I was younger I think I would have been more likely to pick them up.

Finding Winnie by Lindsay Mattick and illustrated by Sophie Blackall
Like just about everybody else in the kidlit world, I love this book!  I read it to 21 classes last week and I still get chills every time we find out who the little boy who visits the bear in the zoo is.

Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle
The story is so powerful and the images and color so beautiful!
Just love it!

I’m Trying to Love Spiders by Bethany Barton
My big, strong husband HATES spiders! So of course I had to grab this book from the library when I saw it…HILARIOUS!!

Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla
by Katherine Applegate
I adore The One and Only Ivan and when I discovered that it is based on a real gorilla I had to read more and this book is perfect!

Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova by Laurel Snyder illustrated by Julie Morstad. Absolutely breathtaking and heartbreaking story of the famous ballerina.

Water Is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle
by Miranda Paul  illustrated by Jason
Chin. Gorgeous illustrations and the story is simple and basic.

The House That Jane Built: A Story About Jane Addams by Tanya Lee Stone.
When I was little my parents bought my sisters and I the “Value Tales” books and I always remembered the story of Jane Addams.

 Enormous Smallness: A Story of E. E. Cummings
by Matthew Burgess illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo
I didn’t know very much going in to this book but I loved it! The illustrations and the quotes and the story…all of it. Just beautiful.

Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah
by Laurie Ann Thompson illustrated by Sean Qualls. Absolutely amazing story of how one man changed his life and the lives of others.

A Chicken Followed me Home by Robin Page
We are in our 3rd year of raising chickens and this would have been a great addition when we got them! 🙂 This book has great info and bright and bold illustrations.

I’m having serious technical difficulties with pictures today, so if you click the titles you will be taken to Goodreads and you can see them there. Sorry about that 😦