Note: Thanks for Jen and Kellee from Teach Mentor Texts for inspiring many of us to share what we have been reading. I will try to join the fun as regularly as possible.
So this past week was not filled with as much reading as I would have hoped but I did read 3 books that were new to me. One book clearly not meant for my classroom and two that were shared in our class's exploration of what book might win the Caldecott Medal.
The Breach by Patrick Lee is a ridiculous action/sci-fi/romance/time paradox/how many people can die?/adventure story that I wouldn't recommend unless you are a fan of Dr. Pepper 10 or you just want to waste a few hours reading something that you will not even think of sharing with others. I fit both categories, so this crazy tale was just what I needed this week. Complete guilty pleasure reading.
Blue Chicken by Deborah Freedman and Swirl by Swirl by Joyce Sidman and Beth Krommes are both delightful picture books most likely targeted for audiences younger than my 4th graders. Blue Chicken is a fun read about an illustration whose characters come to life and turn the painting into a complete mess. The artwork is fantastic and my kiddoes think it is definitely Cadelcott worthy. Swirl by Swirl is filled with stunning illustration that showase spirals in the world of nature. The text is poetic, but a little scattered in my opinion. My class was impressed with the art but did not give it as much love as Blue Chicken.
This coming week I plan on reading a new-to-me picture book as we continue to prognosticate the Cadlecott, two mysteries that come highly recommended by my 11- year- old son, and a Christmas present from my wife. Plus I am starting to read one of my all time faves as a chapter book read aloud to my class. I am looking forward to them all.
Happy Reading This Week.