I'm trying to participate in the #bookaday challenge this summer, which is looking a little more like #bookaday-ish. I did manage to catch up this week with a stack of picture books, so I think I'm back on track now. Here are a few favorites from this week's reading:
Chu's Day is a very cute book about a little panda with a sneezing problem. I think my first graders will really enjoy this one because it is not as predictable as it first appears. Adam Rex's illustrations are great, as always, and the text is simple and accessible to earlier readers.
I found this book as I was perusing the shelves at my local library. I picked it up because it is written by Patricia MacLachlan and her daughter, Emily, who also teamed up for two of my favorite poetry books, Once I Ate a Pie and I Didn't Do It. (If you haven't read either of those titles, I suggest you add them to your list! They are class favorites year after year.) This is not a poetry book, but it is a very cute story that I know kids will enjoy. Bittle is about a dog and a cat who are not really sure what to think when a new baby arrives at their house. The book follows the antics of the dog and cat as they get used to the baby and come to love her as one of their own. I think I'll pair this book with Denise Fleming's Buster or Kevin Henkes' Julius: The Baby of the World.
I loved Okay for Now. The book had amazing voice, characters, and themes. I'm sure there are more than a few middle grade students who can relate to Doug and will appreciate finding themselves as the protagonist in a novel. Reading this book has made me reflect on the Dougs I've taught over the years and whether I could have done more for them. It's a novel that will stick with me for a long time, I know.
Assessment in Perspective by Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan is a title that has gotten a lot of buzz on Twitter and blogs this spring. I was excited to finally get a chance to read it. It's a quick read and definitely worth your time. I wish that something like this had existed when I was taking my undergrad assessment courses, since it explains all of the different types of assessments in a very clear way. The last two chapters of the book, "Assessing Authentically, Every Day" and "The Student's Role in Assessment" really made me think about my assessment practices. I got several new ideas that I'll be testing out in the fall. I highly recommend this one for professional reading.
I'm hoping to get back to the library for some new books today or tomorrow. I'm excited to read Beholding Bee by Kimberly Newton Fusco, which is waiting on hold for me, and I'm hoping to find some other books on my list as well.