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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 5/14/18

14 May

I’m feeling much better about my reading life, I had another great week and even though I chose not to continue reading one of the books planned for the week, I was okay letting it go as I had other options to choose from! This week was a big week, I read –

  • The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • The Creature of the Pines by Adam Gidwitz
  • You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly
  • The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean (currently reading)monday reading 5-14

I started Camp Rolling Hills – Freefall by Stacy Davidowitz, which I received as a title to review. It’s book number four in the series and although it is realistic fiction, I just couldn’t get into it too much. It was written with a lot of pop culture and slang references and so I chose to just set it aside and pick up something else instead. I can definitely see it being popular for 5th and 6th grade students, but just not my cup of tea.

This week, my goal is to finish The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean, plus I’d love to read Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead, Charlie & Frog by Karen Kane, and Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed.


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Join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and share all of the reading you have done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Follow the links to read about all of the amazing books the #IMWAYR

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#blogbookaday: Stack the Cats

7 May

Stack the CatsSummary:  “One cat sleeps. Two cats play. Three cats stack!
Cats of all shapes and sizes scamper, stretch and yawn across the pages of this adorable counting book. And every now and then, they find themselves in the purrfect fluffy stack!” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: This simple book of adorable cats is perfect for cat and math lovers alike. I could definitely see a way of photocopying a few pages and cutting out the cats so kids could stack different cats on top of each other. There’s not too much of a story line, much more of a concept book with both counting and addition and would be a perfect introduction for a small child.

Personal Reaction: A counting and adding book filled with cats is the perfect way for a little one to learn about both math and science concepts, in an easy to read way! I love the extremely basic text and how if you have too many cats stacked on top of each other, they fall over, but if you make them into smaller groups it works better. I’d love to pair this with a balancing activity that kids to try out as well! This would make a perfect story for a STEM storytime at home or at the library.

Title: Stack the Cats
Author: Susie Ghahremani
Illustrator: Susie Ghahremani
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Publication Date: May 2, 2017


#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 5/7/18

7 May

monday reading listFinally! I had a great reading week – I finished The Art of the Swap by Kristine Asselin and Jen Malon, read The Mad Wolf’s Daughter by Diane Magras and The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani and also started The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis. I felt like I’ve finally hit my reading stride again and it feels really good. I’m hoping to get a lot of fun reading done this week – The Creature of the Pines by Adam Gidwitz, the first in The Unicorn Rescue Society series, Camp Rolling Hills – Freefall by Stacy Davidowitz, plus I’ve barely touched my ARCs from PLA, so I’ve got The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean and You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly that I’d love to read as well!


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Join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and share all of the reading you have done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Follow the links to read about all of the amazing books the #IMWAYR

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