Teach Mentor Texts.
I read some awesome books this week. First, I finished The Water Castle by Megan Frazer Blakemore. This book was just fantastic. I didn't want to put it down. I loved the flashbacks to the early days of the castle and the dynamic between Ephraim, Mallory, and Will. This one, like a few others I've read recently, makes me wish I taught a middle grade so that I could hand it to my students. I've seen it mentioned in some early Newbery murmurings, and for good reason.
I love it when I visit my library and the new arrivals shelf is full. That's what happened this week, and I checked out some great new titles. I'm really excited to share A Hen for Izzy Pippik, by Audrey Davis, with my first graders. I'm interested in the discussion that will follow that one. My daughter LOVED Again! by Emily Gravett. I have to admit, I may have gotten a little excited when I saw the last page of it too. She loved reading along ("Again! Again!") and pronounced it a "good book."
I'm currently reading Will Schwalbe's The End of Your Life Book Club and after a couple of month wait, I finally have The Fault in Our Stars from the library. I am so excited to read this one. I listened to Will Grayson, Will Grayson and Looking for Alaska on audiobook and loved them both.