Friday, December 2, 2016

Animal Atlas

Title: Animal Atlast
Author: Virginie Aladjidi
Illustrator: Emmanuelle Tchoukriel
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication Date: October 4th, 2016
Genre/Format: Non-Fiction/Atlas - Informational
GoodReads Summary: Did you know that: 
Sea otters can spend months in the water without returning to land? 
Flying fish can glide for 300 ft over the water? 
A Praying Mantis can rotate its head 180 degrees?

Become an expert on all things that swim, fly, walk, hop, slither, and crawl! In a celebration of the many animals that share our planet, this gorgeously illustrated atlas explores over 250 different animals across the seven continents. Learn where different animals live, what they eat, how they communicate, and many more fascinating facts!
What I Think: The setup of Animal Atlas makes it really easy for readers to see where animals live on the Earth. The concept of the Earth being such a big place and understanding where other countries are compared to our is pretty abstract. Animal Atlas is organized so animals are presented with other animals that live near them. Readers can easily see where animals are in the world while also learning about many different animals. This book covers a range of animals, some common and others unique. This book would be a great to use when inviting students to learn about animals in a certain part of the world and could lead into further learning about animals. I work with a 4th grade teacher who did a focused Genius Hour where she let students pick any topic to research as long is it related to the northeast region (which is what their were studying in their SS unit). This book would be great if you want kids to think about researching animals from a certain area of the world and then encourage them to read other texts to learn more about a specific animal they chose.
Snatch of Text: 
"Appaloosa Horse - Equus caballus, Class: mammal
The Appaloosa, with its spotted coat, was brought to American by the Spaniards in the sixteenth century, then raised by the Nez Perce tribe near the Palouse River, from which the horse gets its name. The Appaloosa breed is popular for western riding competitions." (p. 3)
Writing Prompt: Can you find your favorite animal in the Animal Atlas? Incorporate what you learn about an animal in the Animal Atlas and what you read about that animal elsewhere to share what you know about that animals.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 11/27/2016

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA! 
It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading right now...you just might discover your next “must-read” book!
Kellee Moye, of Unleashing Readers, and I decided to give It's Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children's literature - picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit - join us! We love this meme and think you will, too. We encourage everyone who participates to visit at least three of the other kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them. 

Last Week's Book Adventures:
Thank goodness for the Thanksgiving holiday and a few days to catch up on life! Peanut and I finished up Wonder (I cried...he didn't) and he loved it - hooray! And believe it or not, we started Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - another hooray! I've waited so long to read it with him and he hasn't been very excited until now. We went to see Fantastic Beasts on Wednesday and that convinced him to give the Harry Potter books a try. I'm soooooooo excited! Little Bean and I even finished the 7th Lunch Lady - woo hoo! I also read Root Beer Candy and Other Miracles that I've been meaning to get to and read most of Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. It was a great reading week.

Upcoming Book Adventures: 
I'm so excited to keep reading Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone with Peanut and Lunch Lady with Little Bean. I'm a bit all over the place as I forgot I was reading Rising Strong and that I had wanted to read Orphan Island from Laurel Snyder. So, I'm hoping to finish up everything I have going right now. We'll see how long it takes us to get through Harry Potter...I'm guessing that one will take a while. But that's okay, I'm excited to savor it with my kiddo!

This Week's Reviews:
Check back throughout the week to read these reviews/posts. 

So, what are you reading this week? 
Link up below and don't forget to check out other blogs to see what they are reading!
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Sunday, November 20, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 11/21/2016

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA! 
It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading right now...you just might discover your next “must-read” book!
Kellee Moye, of Unleashing Readers, and I decided to give It's Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children's literature - picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit - join us! We love this meme and think you will, too. We encourage everyone who participates to visit at least three of the other kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them. 

Last Week's Book Adventures:
I should have known better! You would think after all these years of attending NCTE I would realize how to be more realistic about what I can accomplish the week of NCTE. I did read Rising Strong by Brené Brown and Little Bean and I finished up the 6th Lunch Lady...but I didn't get to blog posts I was hoping to get to and I didn't get as much reading done as I pretended to think I might. But hopefully I'll have time to read this week. I've got lots of amazing books from NCTE to explore. 
Reviewed Last Week:
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Upcoming Book Adventures: 
I'm hoping to finish up Rising Strong and Laurel Snyder's Orphan Island is calling my name. I'm hoping to be able to spend a lot of time reading this week as I recover from the nonstop brainwork of NCTE...oh, and I'll be marathon watching Gilmore Girls too.

This Week's Reviews:
Check back throughout the week to read these reviews/posts. 

So, what are you reading this week? 
Link up below and don't forget to check out other blogs to see what they are reading!
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Sunday, November 13, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 11/14/2016

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA! 
It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading right now...you just might discover your next “must-read” book!
Kellee Moye, of Unleashing Readers, and I decided to give It's Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children's literature - picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit - join us! We love this meme and think you will, too. We encourage everyone who participates to visit at least three of the other kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them. 

Announcements:
I'm off to NCTE this week! So excited to connect with friends. I'm anticipating lots of hugs. But also I'm honored to get to present with colleagues and share ideas. Here they are in case you'll be there and might be interested!

The Artist as Historian: 
Advocating for Visual Literacy with Non-Fiction Picture Books 
Friday, November 18, 02:30 pm – 03:45 pm
Georgia World Congress Center A303

Creating Student Compassion through Mentor Texts
Friday, November 18, 04:00 pm – 05:15 pm
Georgia World Congress Center B216

Get Writing! 
A Hands-on Workshop Celebrating the Transformative 
Power of Writing Communities for Teachers
Sunday, November 20, 12:00 pm – 01:15 pm
Georgia World Congress Center B314


Thinkers Who Thrive: 
Advocating for Student Independence as Readers and Writers
Sunday, November 20, 01:30 pm – 02:45 pm
Georgia World Congress Center B405

Last Week's Book Adventures:
I'm still reading Wonder with Peanut and Little Bean and I are almost done with the 5th Lunch Lady. We're still reading and discussing Launch as a book study. I also started Rising Strong by Brené Brown and it's amazing. So so so so good. 

Upcoming Book Adventures: 
This week I'm excited to keep reading with my kids and to keep reading Rising Strong and Launch. I also bought I Am Here Now: A Creative Mindfulness Guide And Journal by The Mindfulness Project that I'm hoping to start working in.

This Week's Reviews:
Check back throughout the week to read these reviews/posts. 

So, what are you reading this week? 
Link up below and don't forget to check out other blogs to see what they are reading!
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Sunday, November 6, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 11/7/2016

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA! 
It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading right now...you just might discover your next “must-read” book!
Kellee Moye, of Unleashing Readers, and I decided to give It's Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children's literature - picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit - join us! We love this meme and think you will, too. We encourage everyone who participates to visit at least three of the other kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them. 

Last Week's Book Adventures:
Wow, oh, wow, last week was intense! To start it off, Halloween was on Monday but then Tuesday and Wednesday were late nights watching the Cubs. The Cubs won the World Series! I still can hardly believe it.

We did (somehow) still get reading in. Peanut and I are still reading Wonder and Little Bean and I finished Bird and Squirrel and then we read Bird and Squirrle On Ice, Lunch Lady and Cyborg Substitute, Lunch Lady and The League of Librarians and we're in the middle of Lunch Lady and the Author Visit Vendetta.

I also finished Be Light Like a Bird and started Root Beer Candy and Other Miracles and am still reading Launch for school.

Reviewed Last Week:
Click on any picture above to go read my review/post.

Upcoming Book Adventures: 
I plan to continue reading Wonder, more graphic novels, Root Beer Candy and Other Miracles, Launch, and I also have Rising Strong by Brené Brown to start to!

This Week's Reviews:

Check back throughout the week to read these reviews/posts. 

So, what are you reading this week? 
Link up below and don't forget to check out other blogs to see what they are reading!
To help build our community and support other bloggers, 
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Friday, November 4, 2016

Be Light Like a Bird

Title: Be Light Like a Bird 
Author: Monika Schroder 
Publisher: Capstone Young Readers 
Publication Date: September 1st, 2016 
Genre/Format: Realistic Fiction/Middle Grade Novel 
GoodReads Summary: After the death of her father, twelve-year-old Wren finds her life thrown into upheaval. And when her mother decides to pack up the car and forces Wren to leave the only home she's ever known, the family grows even more fractured. As she and her mother struggle to build a new life, Wren must confront issues with the environment, peer pressure, bullying, and most of all, the difficulty of forgiving those who don't deserve it. A quirky, emotional middle grade novel set in Michigans Upper Peninsula, Be Light Like a Bird features well-drawn, unconventional characters and explores what it means to be a family and the secrets and lies that can tear one apart.
What I Think: My oldest son is a such a fan of realistic fiction. He loves funny books but I've also watched him get sucked in by great stories about real kids dealing with real-life problems. That's exactly what Be Light Like a Bird is. Kids have to deal with tough situations all the time, and adults often try to keep the reality of situations from kids. Usually adults mean well, but it doesn't always make it easy for kids because they experience things without all the information.
     As a mentor text, I can see using Be Light Like a Bird as an opportunity to talk to students about personal narrative. They can think about some of the ideas from the book and then brainstorm some experiences they have had. Brainstorming ideas and getting to real and raw ideas makes personal narrative that much more interesting. A discussion about what counts as personal narrative is especially important. Not every student has a story of going to Disney World, or going to a Museum, or even going to a park. But that's okay. We all have a story to tell. Personal narrative can be as little as seeing a bird outside your window or your brother finishing the last of the cereal before you have a chance to pour yourself a bowl. Even the tiniest moment is a story. And all stories are worth telling.
Snatch of Text:  
     "Printed on the first page was a quote: Be light like a bird, not like a feather.
     When Dad had given me the journal to me, I'd asked him what that meant. He said, 'It means you don't want to just float around in life like a feather. You want to determine your own direction --- fly and soar like a bird.'" (p. 45)
Writing Prompt: Write about a quote that means something to you. Maybe it's something an adult has said to you that means something to you or something you've discovered for yourself.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 10/31/2016

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA! 
It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading right now...you just might discover your next “must-read” book!
Kellee Moye, of Unleashing Readers, and I decided to give It's Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children's literature - picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit - join us! We love this meme and think you will, too. We encourage everyone who participates to visit at least three of the other kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them. 

Announcements:
Have you seen that the Nerdy Book Club has a podcast? I'm not a super-regular listener of podcasts but I've enjoyed each and every episode from The Nerdy Bookcast so far. And at nErDcamp this summer I got to read one of my favorite Nerdy Book Club posts for the podcast. It was posted this weekend: All Books Count is the name of the episode if you'd like to check it out. I also recently shared a review of Also an Octopus by Maggie Tokuda-Hall and illustrated by Benji Davies at Nerdy Book Club too. 


Last Week's Book Adventures:
Last week, I read mostly with my kids. Peanut and I are still reading Wonder and he's so into it. We've had lots of good discussion and it's been so cool. He also zipped through Ghosts so now he's given it back to me so I can read it. I'm loving it as much as he did. He said it's the first book he read that he really wanted to read and couldn't stop reading. So cool. 

Afterwards, we went and looked through all the graphic novels we have and he decided he's going to read Sisters now. While we were looking at graphic novels, my six-year-old joined us and we read most of Bird and Squirrel this weekend. I love it so much! 

Also, I'm still reading Launch for book club and it's been great discussing with colleagues. 

Upcoming Book Adventures: 
Um, I'm trying last week again...it was just a whirlwind of a week! I'm hoping to keep reading Wonder and to explore graphic novels with my kids while also getting to Be Light Like a Bird and Root Beer Candy and Other Miracles.

This Week's Reviews:
Check back throughout the week to read these reviews/posts. 

So, what are you reading this week? 
Link up below and don't forget to check out other blogs to see what they are reading!
To help build our community and support other bloggers, 
we ask that you comment on at least three other blogs before you. 
Also, if you tweet about your Monday post, don't forget to use #IMWAYR!