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I think I'm on track with my summer #bookaday. It was a good week of reading. Here are some favorites.
These two were excellent, if you haven't seen them. They are great for the beginning of the year. I generally do not like counting books (I find them boring), but I laughed out loud in the bookstore when I read Count the Monkeys. Mac Barnett is awesome.
Crankee Doodle also cracked me up. I think it would go over the heads of my first graders, but I bet older kids would really get a kick out of it. It has great voice, and I think it would be really fun to read aloud.
Another book with great voice that I LOVED is The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Dewalt. I will definitely be using this one early in the year as well. I think it would be great with older kids, but not too old for my first graders. It's a great book for getting kids to think about different perspectives. I can't say enough good things about this one.
I really enjoyed Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle. I think it's a story that easily could have been overdone, but as much as a story about a boy who wants to be a Broadway star can be understated, it is. It made me want to visit NYC, but I settled for my showtunes Pandora station. (My copy did not have the book jacket--just realized that Jesse Tyler Ferguson of Modern Family wrote a blurb on the cover. See? Great book. And you don't have to take my word for it. [nodding to LeVar Burton])
I really liked these ones too. Bee and Melody are both very special characters whose inner strength helps them overcome outward physical issues.
For professional reading this week, I read From Reading to Math by Maggie Siena. It's a great book that looks at teaching math through the framework of literacy. You can read more of my thoughts about this one here.
Up next this week will be What Readers Really Do by Barnhouse and Vinton, and Out of Nowhere by Maria Padian. I've also got a stack of picture books to investigate, including If You See a Whale by Julie Fogliano and Erin Stead. Happy reading!