Tuesday, July 22, 2014

What Are You Reading?


“It’s Monday! What are you Reading?” is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. It is a chance for book lovers to share their reading accomplishments as well as what is on the proverbial nightstand. She even does a giveaway. Subsequently Jen and Kellee at Teach Mentor Textsadded an opportunity for those reading kidlit to join the fun. Since I read both I will post to both. Check them out, join the conversations, and discover more great books.

Books marked with an '*' I would put in my classroom library.
Books marked with a '#' would be in an middle or high school library.

*  Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell
”You should never ignore a possible.” This book is one you quite possibly will love.

#  Shine by Lauren Myracle
Small town America and your best guy friend (who happens to be gay) dies in what looks like a hate crime. What do you do? A story of friendship and a ‘who-dun-it’ all rolled into one.

*  Ender's Game by Orson Scot Card
A sci-fi written in 1977 that reads as if it was written today.

Amy Krouse Rosenthal!
I had Spoon on my list. When I found it at the library there were tons of books she has written. I picked up a few. I am now on a quest to read them all. Witty and whimsical. The ones blocked below I will take back to my fifth grade class.

*  Spoon
Point of view mentor text

*  This Plus That: Life’s Little Equations
What can you add or subtract in life? What do you get? A way to integrate math and writing.

 Exclamation Mark
A great book for grade one/two as the exclamation mark is being tried out in student writing.

 Bedtime for Mommy
My 5 year old’s favorite of the bunch.

 Al Pha's Bet
An explanation of how the order of the alphabet came to be.

 Little Oink
A pig who prefers to be tidy.

And now the perspective of the chopsticks – the value of friendship AND independence.

*  I Scream! Ice Cream!
The example I can think of that isn’t in the book: “let us pray” and “lettuce pray”. I think my ELL will love this.


  1. Only heard of one of those (Ender's Game) Glad you enjoy your books..happy reading!


  2. I've been meaning to find Lauren Myracle's SHINE for awhile now. Quite timely here, now in Singapore what with all the brouhaha concerning And Tango Makes Three. :)